Top 5 Healthy Meals for Kids
Parents of picky eaters, rejoice! If you’re looking for healthy meals to feed your kids without the tears, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn about the top five healthy meals your kids will actually enjoy!
1) Superfoods Salad
Chop up some fruits and veggies, throw them into a bowl, and get creative with your dressing. You can use oils like olive oil or nut oils to make sure you get plenty of healthy fats in your meals. A superfoods salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, when you don’t have time to slave over a hot stove. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber; they might even help lower cholesterol levels.
2) Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Take a classic grilled cheese sandwich and transform it into a warm, comforting meal. Add in some canned tomato soup and you have a fast and tasty kid-friendly recipe. This low-calorie lunch option is quick to make, fun to eat, and easy on your budget. Let your kids help with preparation; let them choose which toppings they want on their sandwiches or soup. You’ll be giving them an active role in their mealtime, providing opportunities for conversation and getting kids excited about healthy eating options at home or school.
3) Almond Cookies
Almond cookies are a great alternative to normal baked goods. They have a great texture and can easily be made healthy by switching out your oils and sugars. Almonds have a surprising amount of protein, meaning that you’ll be getting full quickly. Your kids will love these cookies! With 1 egg (or 1 tablespoon of egg replacer if vegan), 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter softened, 1⁄2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar (or any type of sweetener), 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1⁄4 cup ground almonds mix together in a bowl. Add more or less flour depending on how soft you want them to be. Add in 3 tablespoons chocolate chips. Bake at 350 F until golden brown (about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy!
If you like things sweeter try adding another 1⁄4 cup of sugar OR if salty is more your thing add some cinnamon!
4) Tuna Cucumber Roll
A great way to sneak in those veggies! Slice up cucumber, avocado and roll it in a sheet of nori (dried seaweed) with some tuna on top. Add a squeeze of lemon and enjoy! For more fun variations on seafood rolls, try incorporating: cooked chicken breast, shrimp or crab meat. It’s important that kids develop good eating habits early in life so be sure to keep up with regular meals; they’ll learn that they won’t starve if they eat healthy foods. Some easy ways to get your child excited about trying new foods are making lunchtime fun and preparing dinner as a family. Make sure you’re setting an example by avoiding sugary snacks and sodas yourself! There are many other nutritious meal ideas your child will love like yogurt with berries or cottage cheese with pineapple chunks. You can even let them help you make their lunchbox each day which will allow them to show off their creativity while encouraging them to take pride in their school lunches. The best part is these lunchbox treats will fuel your kid throughout the day without filling them up so much that they don’t have room for an after-school snack!
5) Buffalo Chicken Bites
Serving up buffalo chicken is as easy as 1-2-3! Just marinate boneless, skinless chicken breasts in equal parts hot sauce and melted butter or olive oil. Bake in a single layer at 375 degrees F until chicken is cooked through (about 20 minutes). For extra flavor, broil for about two minutes to brown tops of bites. Serve with blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing and carrot sticks on the side. Yum! These are also really good served cold on a salad if you need to take them somewhere! Either way you can’t go wrong with these delicious bite-sized snacks/meals!