Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat!
Eating healthy is a challenge.
Getting kids to eat healthy can be–well, near impossible.
Since our family has been on special diets for such a long time, it’s probably easier for me than most, but I still do struggle.
My oldest son has life-threatening food allergies, so his diet has been restricted his whole life. But my youngest is more easily tempted by the whole packaged and processed behemoth that threatens to undo all the nutritional groundwork I’ve laid in his life.
It’s pretty hard to turn down those soulful eyes and the Puhleeeeeeze at the grocery store when he finds a new goodie he’d like to try.
If you’re anything like me, it’s hard for you to find time or energy to pull together meals that will make your kids happy and be nutritious at the same time (and it’s true that healthier meals cost less money in the long run – and sometimes in the short as well).
So in the interest of helping all of you super-busy moms out there, I’ve put together an assortment of dishes and ideas that please my little processed-food-eating-wannabe son.
Hope they’ll make your little ones smile too!
- Fun Fruit Plate – You’ll probably want to supplement with protein, but the top photo shows how much kids love creativity at mealtime!
- Quick fruit smoothie – a pretty easily formula is 1/2 cup milk or alternative, 1 cup frozen fruit, sweetener to taste, nuts or seeds, and a protein source.
- “Healthy Sweets” – How about Bean Fudge for Breakfast? Or Breakfast Cookies or even Healthy Puddings? When it’s made healthy, there’s no reason to say “no!”
- Baked Doughnuts - One of my son’s favorites. Make them into doughnut shapes or be creative with free form or cookie cutters.
- Dips – Kids love to dip. Most kids, that is. My oldest will.not.dip.anything. (Sigh) But for typical happy-to-dip kiddos, how about Savory Dips like Savory Hummus or Fast and Yummy Bean Dip or Nut Butter Fruit Dip?
- Breads with Fillings – My son loves my Focaccia Flax Bread or Whole Grain Quick Drop Biscuits slathered with Homemade Nut Butter and a little (unless he dumps it on) sweetener on top. You could even cut these with cookie cutters for fun-shaped sandwiches.
- Wraps – Kids love anything wrapped. Nut butters…bean spreads…you name it! You can even use lettuce as the wrap shell for a way to sneak in veggies!
- Pasta – Whenever my son hears we’re having pasta, he jumps up and down! Here’s a simple “Clean Out the Pantry” Pasta recipe that’s easy on mom and makes smiles all around.
- Fast Food Take-Offs – We just love this recipe for Baked Chicken Nuggets. Looks like a lot of time, but it isn’t. Or how about hamburgers or nitrate-free hot dogs or homemade pizza?
- Breakfast for Dinner! Hey – if you can have fudge for breakfast, you can for sure have breakfast for dinner! Eggs dishes, pancakes, our favorite Baked Oatmeal Cake and healthy breakfast meats! You get the idea!
Above all, have fun. In general, if your kids see you enjoying food preparation and enjoying healthy foods, they are more likely to enjoy them as well.
But for added help in your healthy eating quest, you just might want to leave them home when you grocery shop and turn the TV off.
Out of sight, out of mind.:-).
What’s your favorite healthy kids’ meal?
Adrienne, of Whole New Mom, is a wife and homeschooling mother of two boys, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome and life-threatening food allergies. She has a passion to help others navigate the sea of information on the road to healthier lives, while trusting God for the results of their efforts. Additionally, she is a blossoming food freedom advocate. Because she loves to (and can’t afford not to ), she specializes in frugal living and simplifying special diets. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.