woman with spinach

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

How smart, how simple. It takes a brilliant mind to explain such an effortless concept. We all know the drill. Eating a well-balanced diet is the #1 step to living a healthful life. It keeps your immune system in good shape, your energy level high, your skin radiant, your attitude sunny… Need I say more? There are countless reasons to cut out the junk and stockpile the green!

I always keep a bowl of spinach puree in my fridge and sneak that green goodness into everything that touches my girls’ mouths including pancake batter, muffins, mac ‘n cheese, spaghetti sauce, smoothies and even our trusty PB&J. With a little creativity the possibilities are endless. Their bodies are nourished, their tummies are happy and green is their new favorite color.

Try these 8 sneaky ways to fit more spinach into your diet.

marinara sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce: You can spruce up any marinara recipe (or even better, any store-bought jar of sauce) with loads of added vitamins by tossing in a few handfuls of fresh spinach. First, puree it in your blender until the texture is nearly paste like. Then add to your favorite spaghetti sauce. Presto. Perfectly hidden, perfectly brilliant. (via Food Network)

Spinach-Cake-Muffins

Spinach Cake Muffins: No kid can resist a tasty muffin for breakfast, especially one with the word “cake” in its title. So why not add a burst of antioxidants first thing in the morning too? These are sweetly satisfying and pack a nutritious punch. (via Weelicious)

turkey spinach sliders

Turkey-Spinach Sliders: It’s been done with cheese, now let’s experiment with greens. Put your lettuce inside your burger, instead of on top. A little less veggie to pile high means a little less mess on your pretty little mouth. (via Bon Appetit)

Green Monster smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie: This smoothie is a great way to sneak a little spinach in at the start of your day! This one is even better with the additions of banana and Chia seeds, and it still taste like a treat! Just save the scoop of protein for your shake and let the kids enjoy this one with the just fruit, spinach, and almond milk! (via Skinny Mom)

Spinach-Ricotta-Bites

Spinach Ricotta Bites: These fun little bites are packed with flavor and are just the right size for little fingers to grasp. My girls devour them… with a side of ketchup of course. And there is no shame in condiments that bring vegetables to their mouths. (via Weelicious)

brownie spinach

Chocolate Spinach Brownies:  You cannot be serious. Those were precisely my thoughts when I first tried these chocolate delights. But, I kid you not, there is not a trace of spinach flavor evident in the finished product. They are chocolate decadence to the max. You taste buds and your body can enjoy dessert together. What a concept. (via Brooklyn Farm Girl)

spinach mac and cheese

Spinach Mac and Cheese: Ahhhh. Mac n cheese. Lunchtime rolls around at our house and the stove can pretty much prepare this dish by itself. This recipe allows you to sneak in some good stuff without sacrificing taste or more importantly, your mom cred. (via Martha Stewart)

spinach ricotta gnocchi

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi: Don’t be intimidated. Gnocchi is surprisingly easy to make and well worth the sweat. Chewy, dense, cheesy flavor pillows that pair well with any pasta sauce. Pair with the marinara recipe above and watch those Popeye muscles bulge. (via Simply Recipes)