Here’s two things that don’t go together when we’re talking about food – healthy and kid-friendly. Every day, mothers across the country struggle with preparing healthy food for their children. The struggle is that the children want pizza and french fries, and the mothers would rather see them eat steamed broccoli and peas. There has to be an easy middle ground that doesn’t involve smothering everything with cheese or using a blender to hide it in other foods. In fact, there is! Here is a list of kid-friendly foods that are actually healthy and will leave your children begging for more.
Chicken is perhaps the most versatile ingredient in a mother’s healthy food arsenal. It can be prepared in many different ways and due to its mild flavor, can be used with numerous sauces and marinades. Let’s not forget that ground chicken can be substituted for ground beef in recipes like meatloaf, spaghetti, and hamburgers. Try some baked chicken with a delicious honey mustard sauce. Your children will sing your culinary praises. Expand their horizons with barbecued chicken meatloaf. Lastly, don’t be afraid to adapt any family favorites that feature heavier meats and substitute them for chicken. Your children might not even notice a difference.
When your children see green on their plates, it’s usually an immediate sign of yucky vegetables. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to prepare vegetables in healthy ways that will satisfy their tastebuds and your desire for a balanced diet. Kale chips are surprisingly easy and also extremely tasty. Sautéed Brussels sprouts with garlic can fool even the pickiest children. The secret is making sure they are extra crispy. Use eggplant as a meatless substitute in any Italian dish. You can even sauté it with onions and garlic, add a jar of your favorite marinara sauce and some fresh mozzarella and voila! It’s not the vegetables that are the problem, it’s way they are prepared.
Desserts have a stereotype associated with them, it’s that they can’t be healthy. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Forget the typical brownies and cookies. Instead, incorporate fruit whenever possible. How you might ask? It’s a lot easier than you think. Try making your own fruit popsicles. Your children won’t notice the zucchini in a batch of chocolate zucchini muffins. Mango chia seed pudding will add a tropical twist to the boring every-day vanilla pudding. Fruit pizza will add an exciting twist to dessert time and it will go as fast as “regular” pizza. Soon your children will be excited for dessert, but not because of how much chocolate each one has.
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