I’ve tried my hardest not to raise fussy eaters I honestly have, and for the most part Mabel and Greta are pretty good at trying most things we put on their plates and will eat some form of veg with every meal, but of course given the choice, they’d much rather eat chips than greens. We encourage them as much as we can, but sometimes you just want to get an extra dose of nutrients into them without having to make a song and dance about it. It occurred to me one night when I was bargaining with them to eat one more mouthful of broccoli and I would give them an ice lolly… why not just combine the two? I’ve been having spinach in my smoothies for a while now as a bit of an iron and vitamin boost, but the girls have been less keen on joining me in glugging down the green juice. I had a sneaking suspicion that turning it into an ice lolly would be a whole different story and I was right! Of course I still give them veg with their meals, but this is just a little extra bit of sneaky goodness and makes me feel like a top level Mum boss.
The recipe is in the video below. I only let Mabel help with the second part of the ice lolly making (once all the spinach had been thoroughly blended in and recognisable) because I know that she would have been far less keen to eat them if she knew they contained ‘green leaves’ as she calls them. With that little detail safely hidden from her she loved the berry ice lollies, and was in danger of eating all the mix before it even made it into the freezer!
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