Introducing vegetables and healthy eating to your children can be trying, especially when you have picky eaters. With these ten healthy meals, your kids will start to love all things healthy and beg you for a second helping.
1. Veggie Mac n Cheese
Every kid loves mac n cheese, so why not make it more healthy by adding in a whole lot of vegetables? This recipe is great for introducing vegetables to kids; what’s more is that the cheese sauce is made with olive oil instead of butter, which cuts down on the level of cholesterol. Though this recipe uses spice, you can leave it out for your kids. Moreover, the cheese can hide the taste of any vegetable your kids might not like.
For the recipe, check out The Comfort of Cooking.
2. Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Vegetables are at the heart of healthy meals, and this recipe has vegetables. Not only does it have vegetables, but these wraps are a great way to hide the taste of mushrooms from your kids. Furthermore, this recipe is also easy to make, making it perfect for weeknight meals.
Go to Food Network for the recipe.
3. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Spinach is one of those vegetables that kids don’t like but is an essential ingredient in healthy meals. This recipe is a great way to make your kids eat spinach, as it is mixed in with the cheese mixture. These rolls ups are also great for vegetarians and can be made with gluten-free lasagna noodle sheets.
For the recipe, check out Skinny Taste.
4. Spinach Muffins
Now the title might not seem appetising to kids, but these muffins are packed with healthy goodness – from the fibre-rich oats to the bananas. These muffins are also gluten-free, making it a healthy snack everyone can love. Just say that these muffins will make you as strong as the Hulk, and watch your kids gobble them up!
Check out Detoxinista for the recipe.
5. 1 Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Yes, this recipe has chocolate – which will no doubt get kids excited – but this recipe is excellent at masking the healthy goodness. The nutrient-rich zucchini is hidden by the chocolate-y flavour, and the bread is naturally sweetened by the maple syrup and coconut sugar. Moreover, this recipe is gluten-free and vegan, making it a crowd pleaser.
For the recipe, go to The Minimalist Baker.
6. Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Healthy meals are also about being alternatives to meals that aren’t so healthy, and these loaded sweet potatoes is one such creation. This recipe is great for kids because not only is it packed with flavour, but is delicious without the added calories and carbs that are in regular white potatoes.
Go to Skinny Taste for the recipe.
7. Kiwi Ice Pops
Want a summer treat that is refreshing for your kids but is healthy at the same time? Then kiwi ice pops are your answer. With only three ingredients, this recipe is packed of goodness from the fresh kiwi and is healthier than plain old ice cream. If your kids want something different, you can also use whatever fruits you have to make different flavoured ice pops. What a great way to enjoy your summer!
Check out Big Bear’s Wife for the recipe.
8. Fried Cauliflower Rice
Another healthy meal that is great at hiding the vegetables is fried cauliflower ‘rice’. With the toppings that usually comes with fried rice – vegetables, bacon, chicken, eggs or tofu – your kids won’t realise that the fluffy rice they’re eating is actually another vegetable!
For the recipe, go to The Kitchn.
9. ‘Chicken’ Nuggets
Kids love chicken nuggets, but they’re not the best thing for them. If you want to steer your kids away from chicken nuggets, try ‘chicken’ nuggets – nuggets made out of chickpeas. Chickpeas are another essential ingredient in healthy meals. They are full of protein, are a natural source of iron and can help with digestion. With one bite of these nuggets, your kids won’t want to go back!
Go to Super Healthy Kids for the recipe.
10. Indian Spinach Curry
Curries are packed full of flavour, but they can sometimes be too spicy for kids. This curry recipe is milder than most curries, which is perfect for kids and is also full of healthy goodness from the spinach and the chickpeas. This recipe is another way to great introduce your kids to a vegetable they might not like.
Check out Super Healthy Kids for the recipe.