aka “Earning Desserts as a Five-Year-Old”
I always ate my three daily servings of fruit as a kid. I drank my “crazy drink” (OJ + fizzy water) through a straw at breakfast, munched on apple slices at lunch, and popped grapes like candy as an after school snack. But vegetables?
Totally different story.
Sure, I’d crunch on a few carrots at dinner if Mom promised me a cookie for dessert. Or I’d stab at a few green beans if she gave me vanilla pudding. But I much preferred my main entrée of fish sticks or grilled cheese over those pesky veggies!
I’m a big girl now, and I’ve realized that vegetables are good for me. Still, it’s hard to consciously choose broccoli over brownies or cucumbers over chocolate when my stomach starts rumbling!
Instead of forgoing treats in favor of produce, I’ve devised a few clever ways to sneak more veggies into my diet. I’m starting the day off with this carrot cake oatmeal. It’s sweet, spiced, and—dare I say it—even nicer than a slice of the original cake!
Other Sweet and Sneaky Veggie Treats: