Kids Eat Healthy When Food Is Fun
Is getting your kids to eat healthy foods a battle in your home? Kids eat healthy when food is fun and tastes good. If so, you’ll love these tips that will make your kids happy and give you the satisfaction of knowing you are feeding them foods that are good and healthy. Let’s take a look at fun and healthy eating throughout the day:
Begin with Breakfast – Start the day right with a healthy breakfast by avoiding those prepackaged cereals, cereal bars, and pastries. Read the ingredients on any of these and you’ll find too much sugar and ingredients that are right out of science class. Even those supposedly healthy breakfast or protein bars.
Instead, mix up a batch of whole grain pancakes at night and stick them in the refrigerator. Pop them in the microwave in the morning and serve with an assortment of smashed berries for toppings. Or, take whole wheat tortillas and wrap up a breakfast burrito with healthy food choices like scrambled eggs, cheese, and turkey bacon, or even make a fruit wrap. Tuck this burrito inside a parchment paper roll and you’ve got a breakfast-to-go that’s fun and healthy.
Snack Time – Most kids will ask for sweets when they’re looking for a snack. Grab sweets like applesauce and homemade oatmeal cookies. If you make your own cookies, you can use recipes that substitute honey for sugar. Fruit snacks and dried fruit roll ups made from 100 percent fruit are great ways to give your kids snacks without all that sugar.
Fresh fruit juice is a delicious substitute for those sugary fruit punch drinks. You can even cut the expense by adding a little water to the fruit juice. Poured over ice and your kids will think they have a grownup drink and won’t even notice the lack of sugar. Say NO to all sodas by serving flavored tonic water with a pretty slice of fruit for garnish. This is a sparkly drink that your kids will grow quite attached to and never miss the soda again.
Lunch is Ready – Whether packing a lunch for school or feeding your kids at home, you want something filling, healthy, and quick. Their day is busy, and so is yours. With a few lunch box tricks, you can have your kids well fed quickly. Just take a look at some of your kids favorite foods and make the same dishes with healthier ingredients.
Two of the foods that come to mind are mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. You can make both easily and with healthier ingredients than the prepackaged varieties. Cook a batch of whole wheat pasta and mix with a cheesy sauce made with skim milk and creamy low fat cheese. Cut chicken breasts into two inch pieces, roll in a milk and egg bath, dip in crushed corn flakes or cornmeal, and bake on a cookie sheet until crispy. These are two simple foods that can be made ahead and packed up for lunch or heated quickly at home.
Dinner Time – It’s the end of a busy day and your kids are hungry again. If you make a dinner for grownups like pot roast, mashed potatoes, and carrots, you may not have happy kids around the table. Instead, get your kids involved with the meal planning and they will eat healthier; and happier. Look at the dinnertime menu as a time to find kid-tested dishes that you can make healthy.
Homemade pizza can be a great way to get a variety of healthy foods into your child’s diet. Toppings like low-fat cheese, shredded chicken, tomatoes, and other veggies are nutritious and, when presented as choices to “build” a pizza, kids tend to dig right in. Another fun food that kids like to assemble is tacos. Provide healthy choices for fillings and let your kids get creative. Lay small tortillas out on a baking sheet and have your kids choose their toppings for their very own individual pizzas.
Getting kids to eat healthy is all about having fun with the food. If you arrange healthy food in a fun way, your kids will eat it. Use a little extra thought and imagination and you’ll get your kids to eat the healthy foods you want them to eat. Put these simple tips to work for you today and watch your kids gobble up those nutritious foods…and like them!
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