There are many children out there who refuse to eat "healthy" food, no matter how much you coax, bribe, or invite their input. Luckily, there is help. The Sneaky Chef (2007) is a recipe book that has tons of delicious ideas, hidden inside which are many of the super foods that your children need to eat. Author, chef and mom, Missy Chase Lapine offers recipes for snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and of course, desserts that children love.
Meals like macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and even brownies are turned into healthy options when made using Lapine's simple purees. The book is focused around these (six) purees, which are made from a few simple but very healthy ingredients. (Bonus - they can be made ahead and frozen!) For example, the "purple puree" is comprised of spinach, blueberries, a little lemon juice and water. That's it. Add this puree to recipes for "Total Tacos", "Bonus Burgers" and "Choc--ful Cupcakes" and immediately you've increased up your child's intake of antioxidants, minerals, fiber and vitamins that are crucial to healthy growth and development.
Should we be "tricking" our children into eating healthy foods? Hiding it in other foods that look bad for us, but are oh-so-tasty? That's a controversy surrounding Lapine and her book. But if you are a parent at your wits end, this may be the only option and that is for you to decide.
If you want to try it for yourself, The Sneaky Chef can be bought on Amazon and almost anywhere else! For ingredients, try to buy local and organic. The Lexington Farmer's Market, Whole Foods and a garden in your own back yard are great places to start.