May 25, 2010

Spinach Muffins

My toddler and I are officially at war over vegetables. He hates them and although I secretly hate them too I know we both need to eat our 5 servings everyday. It's funny because I was only grounded a handful of times as a child but you bet one of them was because I would not eat my broccoli. The irony is not lost on me at all.

Unlike his mother, my son has defiantly refused to eat his vegetables at every meal. I have lost endless battle after battle after battle. Of course his pediatrician says meal time should never be a battle and that I should offer  vegetables at every meal but not fuss if he doesn't eat them. The websites say it may take up to seven tries before your child will eventually eat a vegetable. Well Ozzie has been eating solid foods for over a year now and the only vegetables he will willingly eat are cucumbers, zucchini (on occasion) and olives. Hardly a well balanced diet. I don't even know what benefits olives have other than good fat. Extra sodium?

So like many other mothers, I have succumbed to trickery. This blog was suggested to me from another mom in our playgroup. I decided to try the spinach muffins first.

The result?

He liked them! He liked them so much he ate two! He didn't even care about the black/green color. Which honestly threw me off at first. So for all you other moms at war. Here is the recipe.

Spinach Muffins via Cooking for Ten

1 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup protein powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1/3 cup yogurt of your choice
1 cup blueberries
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 banana

mix sugar and oil together in a large bowl. Add egg and yogurt.
Puree berries, spinach and banana in food processor and add to wet ingredients.
Puree dry ingredients in your food processor and fold into the wet ingredients.
Grease muffin tins and fill to the top with batter (I know, I know, it's REALLY ugly... but it's good!)
Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

One battle vegetable at a time!

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to try these too, though they are ugly. LOL. My step daughter only eats carrots, corn, edamame beans and sometimes peas. We've been trying to get her to eat bits of lettuce/spinach in things and have succeeded but only with MINUSCULE amounts. She's also 4 1/2 now so, yeah...I'm gettin a tad worried. Thanks for the blog link too!