I see you checking your calendar. No, it is not St. Patrick’s day. These slightly sweet green-tinged spinach muffins are perfect for any day of the year…especially if you have a toddler who eschews veggies.
Any parent to a toddler or young child is familiar with the joy that is finicky eating. Tastes and preferences change like the wind. You know how it goes, Mama. After proclaiming the glories of your champion veggie eater, your kid decides he will only eat white bread, animal crackers, and plain noodles. Instead of actually eating his fruits and vegetables, he chucks broccoli across the room, staunchly says “NO” to apples, and paints the walls with blackberries. One joyous day, when he gobbles up a plate of melon, you rejoice! You purchase a Costco size honeydew melon, only for your sweet little child to decide THE NEXT DAY that he no longer cares for melon.
Does this sound familiar, anyone?!
So, this is what you do. You sneak veggies into his muffins. Yes, some holier-than-thou-mothers claim that you shouldn’t have to sneak your child veggies. According to them, disguising them isn’t right because your child will love vegetables if they are exposed to them. Well, listen up. I am all for exposing my child to a variety of nutritious foods–I do it every day.
But some kids just have a mind of their own, which, might I remind you, is actually something to celebrate. When this happens, it’s time to start sneaking those veggies.
Even if your child is a veggie champ, why wouldn’t you add superfood spinach to his snack?!?