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Kid-Approved Healthy Food With Stealth Veggies
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OAKTON, Va.  (WUSA) - "YUCK!"  If you've heard that when you've tried to serve your kids vegetables like squash, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes, join the club.     

My nine-year-old dislikes most vegetables, except for raw carrots.  And I wonder if she ever eats any vegetables when she buys lunch at school.   But there's hope.

Fairfax County Schools are trying to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.   On Friday, October 15, Penny McConnell, the Director of Fairfax County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services held a taste testing at Oakton Elementary. 

On the menu were all products from Hidden Healthies, a company (started by a mom) that mass produces all natural products with stealth vegetables.   Company literature says it's "traditional kid's favorites made with a healthier veggie twist."

But will kids eat it?  That's the BIG question.   The answer: YES!  Watching one kid after another gobble up a lot of the offerings, some eating everything on their plates, I was reminded of the Life cereal ad or yore "He likes it, Hey, Mikey!!"

 Here's what was on the menu: 

-Cheese Sauce: made with white beans, butternut squash and sweet potato, and American cheese, of course

-Marinara Sauce: made with tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, carrots and sweet potato

-Healthy Joe with Turkey: made with tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato and green bell peppers

-Broccoli & Cheddar Soup: made with broccoli white beans, butternut squash and sweet potato

-Veggie Pizza: with green peppers and mushrooms

Each child filled out a Taste Party Evaluation sheet and rated their foods they tried.  McConnell says her department will evaluate the responses to decide whether to an item in schools.  Fairfax County High Schools are already getting  the Veggie Pizza.

 

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