It’s time to stop hiding vegetables. It sends a message to our
kids that vegetables are the worst. We must hide them, because
having them out in plain sight is offensive. Who could bear to
eat their spinach without grinding it to oblivion and hiding it
behind bananas? Adults love to “trick” their kids into eating
their vegetables, which tells kids that vegetables are a cruel
joke being played on them rather than a delicious favor being
bestowed upon them.
When we hide beets in brownies, we’re accidentally training our
kids to eat brownies, not beets. At Food Literacy Center, we
don’t hide vegetables. As part of their taste education, we
encourage kids to experience veggies in their full glory. We get
them excited by the possibilities of texture, tint, and taste by
offering a wide variety in every class.