Many parents struggle with getting their young children (especially toddlers) to eat a balanced diet. Vegetables are often the major point of contention, with many youngsters have no interest in them, even though they may have eaten them earlier years. I know I struggle with this issue as my toddler son will barely touch, not to mention eat, hardly any vegetables. In recent years, it has become more popular to "sneak" vegetables into other foods that kids normally enjoy like breads, pasta, or even desserts. When I first heard of this idea, it seemed great. Everyone wins--the child gets vegetables and some food they enjoy and parents are content knowing their child is eating a more balanced diet. However, later I started to wonder if this approach might actually undermine kids' desire to eat vegetables in the long run. If they never actually see the vegetable they are eating because it was "hidden" in a muffin or a brownie, will they ever know that they can eat it and enjoy it?
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