Introduce healthy eating to your children in the best possible way by giving these 6 items a fatnastic kid-friendly treatment!
Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean your kids will hate it! It’s all about the presentation and preparation. With a little bit of thought and creativity, you can turn these 6 common food items into treats that your kids will fight over! You get to give them the good nutrition that they need but also delight them with these happiness-inducing treats:
1. Peanut Butter
One of the healthier childhood favorites, peanut butter is a fantastic source of protein and fiber! Make PB&J sandwiches with the kids and let them add their choice of fruit on it. You can amp it up by using waffles or rice cakes instead of bread. For a yummy frozen treat, serve peanut butter with frozen yogurt and berries to delight the kids!
The beauty of quesadillas is you can throw anything in it. It is a fantastic way to use leftover food without hearing one complaint from the little ones. If you had chicken last night, put them inside a calcium-rich cheese quesadilla. Shrimp would work great, too! Mix it with some vegetables, beans, and cheese for a hearty meal. If you pair it with salsa, you increase the nutrition with folate in the corn, lycopene in the tomatoes, and the fiber in the beans.
Your kids will forget ice cream if you only serve them beautiful and tasty parfaits made with yogurt! As an ingredient, yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and it’s an easy item to make the children love. Put it in a tall glass and layer with cut up berries, fruit, and granola for a gorgeous parfait. Alternatively, you can put them inside popsicle molds to replace frozen and sugary store-bought treats. These are all easy to make and for something so tasty, the cost is extremely cheap!
Did you know that 1 egg can supply 1/3 of the daily protein requirements of a 4-year-old? This is an excellent source of protein plus it is economical as well! To boost the convenience, boil several and keep them in the fridge so you have them ready! These will last for a week and you can serve the eggs as they are or add them to sandwiches, salads, and other snacks. A light and fluffy scramble is another heavenly way to prepare it and you can even squeeze in some mother-child bonding here by letting the kids help you in preparing this easy meal!
5. Sweet Potatoes
Let your children fall in love with sweet potatoes! Tell them that these are every bit like french fries – maybe just a little tastier and healthier! They are some of the most nutritious vegetables around, high in vitamin A and are good sources of vitamins B6 and C, and folate. Cut them into thin slices and make delicious chips to replace the greasy store-bought variety!
Say goodbye to the fat-laden dips that are outright unhealthy and frankly create a ton of mess! Puree some chickpeas instead and serve the kids some good hummus that is packed with folate, vitamin B6, and iron. It has a delicious nutty flavor that your children will enjoy, plus it is thick enough to indulge in minus the mess! Happy quick clean up for you! Serve it as an accompaniment to cut up vegetables or crackers or add it to sandwiches for a filling and healthy snack!