Healthy eating is important for proper growth in kids. Parents want to give their children a variety of nutrient-enriched food and drinks to help them to grow stronger and healthier. Usually, life patterns are set in childhood and early puberty. Following a healthy diet routine and using healthy recipes for children will give them the benefit of enjoying a strong body for the rest of their adult lives.
This can be a challenge
Healthy eating can be a challenge for families especially when they are busy and have children to take care of. They may not have a lot of time to spend with them as they would like to do. Parents can encourage healthy food choices in kids by using different strategies to encourage them to eat healthy foods. Let children help prepare meals which is a good way to get them to eat better. Do not bribe children with sweets to get them to eat something healthy. Teach them to eat well for their own health.
When children are full they may avoid trying a new food. If you should offer snacks, make sure they are supplementary meals. Kids can get a lot of their calories as milk and juice. Parents should reinforce healthy eating in their children and encourage them to eat healthy foods before eating snacks. The best and most effective rules should be balanced and healthy and cut down on junk foods.
Healthy recipes for children
Healthy recipes for kids can be prepared by knowing facts about the food we eat. There is high-protein, high-fiber food that works for kids, and nutrient-empty, processed junk food that works against them. Studies show that on average, kids receive around thirty-eight percent of their daily calories from fats. The bad fat is responsible for creating free radicals in the body, which harm our good cells, including the brain cells. This fat negatively contributes towards obesity, heart disease, allergies, and other harmful conditions.
Here are some healthy recipes for kids to get you started building your arsenal of meals that will be conducive to a nutritious and well-balanced life. As you explore these options, take note of what your family enjoys eating and additional possibilities that you may think of. Often merely tweaking a few ingredients can produce an entirely new meal without needing much extra work.
1.Beef Bowl with pudding dessert.
Grilled or baked strips/chunks of meat with a layer of brown rice, beans, and any vegetables you know your family prefers. You can even add beans if you like, or potato wedges instead of rice. As a dessert, a small helping of pudding with a dash of whipped cream and a cherry to top it off.
2. Grilled chicken wraps with jello dessert.
These can be fantastic choices to offer your family because aside from the grilled chicken, you can include a variety of vegetables or other low-calorie options that will taste great such as lettuce, beans, brown rice, tomatoes, onions, or even some shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese. Use a whole wheat tortilla instead of tortillas made with refined flour.
3.Whole wheat pasta with turkey meatballs and frozen yogurt dessert.
Instead of eating the standard pasta made of refined enriched flour, opt for 100 percent whole grain pasta since it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and high in fiber so you will eat less of it to get full. Ground turkey is also better for you than regular ground beef, or you can even select the garden meat variety that is vegetarian to make your meatballs or meat sauce.
4.Soup and Salad.
There are a variety of soups such as vegetable, lentil, and minestrone that are all healthy and great tasting. Spice it up for kids by throwing a few goldfish crackers and they will happily eat it all. A bowl of soup and a salad with their favorite toppings and a light salad dressing, PRESTO… you have a healthy meal on your hand.
5.Tuna pita pockets with applesauce dessert.
Whole wheat pita pockets provide the perfect “container” to place an assortment of healthy edibles within, and kids will treat it just like a taco. Tuna and lettuce, olives and some parmesan cheese can be a great starting point.
The healthy recipes for children listed above are all far better and lower in calories than the majority of fast food or pizza delivery options available to you. Use these meals as building blocks to get you thinking about other possibilities you could prepare for your children. Depending on the age of your children (5-10), you may want to get a little creative with the presentation of the meal. It’s the simple things that matter, so think how you can present the healthy meal in a way so that that they will start asking you to cook this meal again in the future. Sometimes by merely adding a decorative garnish such as a fruit cutout or curly orange/apple peel can inspire your child to want to eat the meal. If adding this little extra is all it takes to get them eating in a healthier manner, the minute or two spent on the presentation is well worth it.
If your children are older (11-18), then definitely a more serious conversation should take place. You can even gather specific articles and pictures from the Internet that will work wonders for motivation. Nothing works better than a graphic representation of a coronary bypass surgery.
Developing healthy eating habits
Helping children consume a more nutritious diet should be a continuous task because making sure they get the right nutrients in their diets will help them grow and develop healthy eating habits, boost self-esteem and lessen peer problems such as bullying. Remember that fruits and vegetables are hard to beat when it comes to good nutrition.
Keep in mind as you build your library of healthy recipes for kids, maintain an ongoing recipe book where you continually add new healthy meals that your family enjoys. Pretty soon you will have a book full of healthy recipes for children and if you want, you can even let your children decide which meals to cook out of the recipes you have collected. This way they will feel more connected to what is prepared and served that day.
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