Psst....come closer...I'll tell about how I mislead my wide-eyed, innocent children. Here it is...are you ready for this? I tell them wheat germ is...SPRINKLES!!! Seriously. They frequently ask for sprinkles on their food. Yogurt, applesauce, cereal, oatmeal, whatever. Today, the 6-year-old lit up and started CLAPPING when I took the mason jar out of the fridge and graced her applesauce with *sprinkles*. Shhhhhhhhh...don't tell! You're sworn to secrecy.
For children, it's all in the packaging. The big companies know this. That is why they sell sugar water with a bit of red food coloring for $5 a pop...after all, it's in a cute little Winnie the Pooh sipper bottle!! Sometimes just renaming the food does the trick.
We also eat a whole grain hot cereal that we call "Three Bears' Porridge." They can't get enough of it!