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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fruity Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner!

I think most of you know that I'm on a nearly constant mission to get vegetables and fruits into my youngest son. Well, the other night, he ate 7 blueberries before he realized what he'd done! :O How, you ask? I hid them. Lol. I hid them in his pancakes.

With my first son, I would have looked at the parent hiding fruits and vegetables in their children's foods and thought they were crazy. I would have said that if that parent had any control over the kids at all that they'd be able to get their kid to eat what they wanted them to eat. But there's the rub: we, as parents, DON'T have any control over our kids. Those of us who think they do are just fooling themselves. Lol. If you believe you have control over your kid, then you probably just have a really good kid (like I did with my first son, man he was an easy kid!!).

Hopefully that statement didn't hurt anyone's feelings. It wasn't my intent. My intention was to remind us all to try to view life through someone else's eyes for a moment before passing judgement. I've come a long way since I said that 10 years ago and still have a long journey ahead of me. I am, by no means, perfect. *jumps off the soap box*

But I do want to encourage my son to eat his fruits and vegetables (see how I transitioned there? Lol). I want him to learn that they can be yummy and that there have to be ones that he likes. One way I've started doing that is to put different fruits and vegetables into his pancakes and waffles.

If you're like me and you can't squeeze a veggie past those little lips to save your life, give one of these a try in your next batch of pancakes. You can make them from scratch if you want, or you can add the ingredients (adjust as necessary) to a box mix. It's up to you. We're all parents doing our best here, right?

Here's the list of the ones I've tried or will try soon:

1. blueberries
2. pumpkin puree
3. apples, applesauce and cinnamon
4. raspberries
5. strawberries
6. mashed banana
7. sweet potato
8. any fruit puree

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Pancakes are a great place to hide fruits and veggies! My daughter no longer eats vegetables but she loves fruit. We love banana, apple cinnamon, pumpkin, and sweet potatoe pancakes.