Follow these chef-recommended tips to include more vegetables in your family’s diet.

Skipping healthy eating and opting for take-out may seem easiest for busy families, but Kelly Lubiewski, an executive chef at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, shares three simple solutions to fit in more vegetables.

Adding vegetables to your diet can be a family commitmentSneak them in. “Incorporate as many vegetables into a meal as you can,” Lubiewski says. “For spaghetti night, try zucchini zoodles instead of pasta, and add diced bell peppers and sliced mushrooms into the sauce. Pair with a side salad.”

Frozen in a pinch. “Stock up on already diced frozen vegetables in case of a rush,” Lubiewski says. “Choose frozen over canned to limit your sodium intake.”

Include everyone. Assign tasks to younger children that create excitement about trying something new.

“Healthy eating is a family commitment,” Lubiewski says. “Gather the family together and enjoy each other’s company. And the person who eats the least amount of veggies on their plate does the dishes!”

Avocado Cocoa Pudding

A delicious way to include healthy omega-3 fats in your dessert.


  • 12 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 8 tablespoons honey
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 ½ cup light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Scoop servings into bowls. Top with pistachios or berries.

Nutrition Information
Servings: 4
Calories: 197
Total fat: 12g
Saturated fat: 3g
Protein: 1g

Recipe courtesy of Morrison Healthcare