It can be a real challenge to get kids to eat something healthy and nutritious instead of the more popular junk foods that every other kid out there is eating today. This is most especially true as the child becomes older that would make any parent wish they had not grown up so fast.
As children grow, their taste buds develop and they begin to have a sense of which ones they really like and which not. As a result, parents are on the verge of thinking how to make their kids eat healthier. Having tons of junk foods in the supermarket stores today and bullying friends at school are really not of any help.
You can let your kids have their own way and eat at the school cafeteria but make sure you prepare a healthy and nutritious breakfast and dinner. Make them compromise the same way you are willing to. To make them more interested, we have compiled the most flavorful and enjoyable easy-to-do healthy recipes for kids:
Apples are symbols of good health so any meal with apples in it is certainly nutritious. Add a twist to the apples by getting the center with the seeds out and replacing it with a mixture of peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, and some raisins to make it more interesting.
Serve them for breakfast or a snack and they will surely get the energy they need.
It is for a fact that kids love chicken fingers. What you can do is coat them with whole wheat flour crust with some almonds instead of the usual batter. This is, of course, given that your kids are not allergic to nuts. Oven fry to make sure they are heart healthy. Use canola oil for the pan when baking. You can also add some paprika to the coating if you think your child’s taste buds can handle it.
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
This is another hit among children. It is like their comfort food. You definitely can’t go wrong with this dish.
Easiest way to do this is to microwave an onion for one minute, and then combine milk, cottage cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper. Pour everything into a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Dinner Meat Loaf Muffins
If you want to sneak some veggies into your child’s meal, this is the best way to do it. Get some extra lean ground beef. Chop some garlic, onion, carrots, and oregano. Saute everything for 2 minutes before adding a half cup of ketchup. Spoon mixture onto muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Easy Breezy No-Bake Cookies
This is the best snack for parents with unexpected little visitors from the neighborhood. Combine 8 finely ground graham crackers, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup natural or organic peanut butter, and 3 tablespoons honey. Scoop into a size of a cookie and lastly, lightly press on unsweetened coconut.
Your kids will thank you for these. You can even ask them to help you out. If they have a sweet tooth, you can add some chocolate chips as well.
All kids love both pizza and spaghetti so why not mixing them in one dish? They will love it and you will get the chance to throw in more nutritious stuff. You can use turkey sausage links and turkey pepperoni but it really depends on you. If you prefer organic food, you can add those instead by all means.
Add some sweet onion, tomato sauce, and fresh or dried basil and cook as you would an ordinary spaghetti sauce. For a healthier option, use whole-wheat spaghetti. Top with some parmesan cheese.
Kids can truly be picky eaters as they grow. It is a matter of outsmarting them in terms of recipes and food menus. With the right recipe, you can actually pin a child down to the dinner table and watch him munch on the nutritious food you serve.