Healthy Foods Your Kids Will Love

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Published Apr 8, 2016

It can be hard to maintain a healthy diet, especially if your kids are picky eaters. You could try sweet potatoes and spinach. Your kids, however, may feel otherwise. You don’t have to resort to packaged macaroni & cheese or chicken nuggets to feed your family, though. Here's some better options!

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Breakfast

According to BBC News, children need to eat enough fat to support their development. However, this doesn’t mean that they should eat potato chips & doughnuts. Healthy fats, like those found in avocado & refined coconut oil, will give them the nutrients they need for optimal nerve & brain development. Below are some fun & easy ways to work healthy fats into breakfast recipes.


Green Avocado and Pear Smoothie

  • 1 pear
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Handful fresh spinach
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp refined coconut oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt


Combine the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Add a few ice cubes, and pulse the mixture until it is smooth.


Tater Tot Hash

If your child will eat eggs and potatoes, mix them together in this delicious hash.

  • ½ package tater tots
  • Eggs
  • Salsa
  • Coconut oil

Fry tater tots in coconut oil until they’re brown and crispy. Remove them from the pan, and then fry an egg, leaving the yolk slightly runny. Place the egg on top of the tater tots, and top it with a spoonful of salsa.



Lunch

Kids love color. Adding a few different vegetables to these colorful recipes may help your children eat more healthfully. The more colors you incorporate into a meal, the more vitamins the meal tends to contain.


Veggie Pinwheels

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 scallion (optional)
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • Whole wheat tortillas


In a blender or food processor, chop the vegetables. Add the cream cheese and pulse until everything is combined. Spread the mixture onto whole wheat tortillas. Roll up the tortillas tightly, and then cut them at ¾-inch intervals to create pinwheels.


Fiesta Corn

  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until they’re heated through.



Dinner

For dinner, you can put a healthy spin on basic comfort foods that kids love. Hide vegetables in these recipes to add nutrients without sacrificing taste.


Vegetable Chicken Nuggets

  • 2 raw chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Coconut oil (for frying)


Chop the vegetables with the chicken in a food processor. Shape about 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into patties. Fry them in coconut oil at medium-high heat for approximately 4-6 minutes on each side or until they are heated through completely.


Zucchini and Squash Macaroni and Cheese

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 zucchini, shredded coarsely
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast


Cook the macaroni as directed on the package, adding the shredded zucchini to the pot after 5 minutes. Drain the zucchini and macaroni together. In a separate pan, sauté the onions in coconut oil until they are soft but not too brown. In another pot, boil the squash in enough broth to cover it. Cook the squash until you can pierce it with a fork, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the cooked squash, reserving about ½ cup of the broth. Blend the squash with the milk, reserved broth, onions and salt. In a large bowl, mix the cooked pasta and zucchini with the shredded cheddar cheese and nutritional yeast. Pour the squash sauce over it and stir it until it resembles creamy macaroni and cheese.



Written by MIkkie Mills

I'm a Chicago native who loves my family, my doggie Roskomoney, money hacks (finding ways to stretch money) and help others do it too! Proud to be a mother.

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Martyna Pawlak
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Those are some nice recipes, thank you for sharing them! I think kids should be taught healthy eating from the very beginning, not just give them crisps or chocolate when they cry, to calm them down. There is lots of tasty, healthy food out there, like fruits, oats, porridge with honey and peanut butter (I love it!). It's okay to eat sweets once in a while, but kids shouldn't be allowed to think it's a normal, healthy food.

Posted by Martyna P on Apr 16, 1:57 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

Kendall O
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These recipes are seriously amazing, really smart and incorporating good fats and whole foods. Another of my favourites is to replace pasta with spaghetti squash—kids love the “magic” when the squash turns to spaghetti!

Posted by Kendall O on Apr 16, 11:39 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

Hannah Stein
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Wow, I love these ideas! It's definitely hard to convince kids to eat healthy foods (myself sometimes included) and these all sound actually delicious. I think the biggest problem is that so many healthy foods just don't LOOK all that appetizing, but these sound incredible. I'm loving the sound of the green avocado and pear smoothie, as well as the zucchini and squash mac and cheese.

Posted by Hannah S on Apr 17, 6:19 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

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I looooved it and I definitely will try the breakfest and the lunch recipes! My kids really like avocados, coconuts, eggs and bananas, so that should be sooo tasty, good looking and delicious! Thank you for sharing this information - it means a lot for me and my family!

Posted by Lily J on Apr 18, 12:57 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

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I love the smoothie recipe! I have yet to try avacado in a smoothie, but I personally love it, so I bet my kids will too! As far as the chicken nuggets go, this is the first recipe that I have seen where we mix together the veggies as opposed to serving them on the side. What a great idea! The kids won't even notice the difference.

Thanks for these recipes, I am always looking for ways to feed my kiddos well and I am super excited to try them out!

Posted by user_15393 on Apr 18, 4:18 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

Alexia Sergeant
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Very interesting article and great recipes ! My husband and I do a lot of juicing and smoothies at home and we are also trying to introduce this lifestyle to my step daughter when she is with us... not always easy though because they always compare to what their friends have, processed and fat food. So we need to look for alternatives that are attractive to the eye, colours, decorations...I love the smoothie recipe definitely a tasty and healthy choice ! I will surely give it a try with her ! thanks !

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