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Making Healthy Meals for Kids

Posted: November 25, 2011
by: T.Alexander

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest writer, Carolyn. Carolyn is from Austin and enjoys writing about food. She has chosen a topic we've all wrestled with from time to time....how to making food for kids healthy and fun. Here's what Carolyn has to say:

If eating healthy wasn’t hard enough, add in a picky kid, and it can seem like a nightmare. You make a plan, get the ingredients, and spend precious time making sure everything is cooked just right only to hear, “I don’t like it.” Making healthy meals for kids doesn’t have to be an ordeal.

With a little planning, you can make delicious and nutritious meals that everyone will love. It might seem impossible now, but your kids will be eating healthy in no time if you make a few simple changes. Here are three easy steps to make healthy meals that even the pickiest eaters will love.

Step 1: Stick to the familiar

If your kids had it their way, they would be eating their favorite dishes for every meal. Many kid’s choices aren’t the healthiest, but you can use their preferences to your advantage. Unhealthy meals are just a few simple changes away from becoming good-for-you favorites. If your kids love chicken fingers (and what kid doesn’t), you can use this healthy recipe to cut out half the fat without losing any flavor. Substituting a few ingredients and changing to a healthier cooking method are simple methods to make their favorites healthier.

Step 2: Make it fun

Kids love to play with their food, so why not let them? It’s important to draw the line between play time and mealtime, but introducing new healthy foods can be easier when you make it fun. Choose a day and make it New Food Day. You can try zucchini on your first day. It’s tasty and packed with antioxidants for good health. You’ll also need halved cherry tomatoes, cream cheese, or peanut butter, small pretzel rods, large pretzel sticks, and string cheese. Work with the kids and make mini scooters out of the ingredients. When you’re done playing, the scooters make the perfect healthy snack. Pick a new food and activity every week, and your kids will be clamoring for healthy ingredients in no time.

 Step 3: Be a good example

Kids learn by imitating you, so set a good healthy eating example. If your kids see you shoveling down a donut every morning, they will learn that’s the right food to eat for breakfast. Instead, plan your meals in advance and make sure you have time to make them healthy. Start out cooking some healthy kid-tested recipes and move on to more complex and “adult” meals from there. It’s important to choose nutritious recipes and ingredients, but you also need to watch your portion size. The healthiest meal doesn’t matter if you eat four servings in one sitting. Most recipes will tell you how many servings they make, so use this information as a guide to know when going back for seconds is too much.

Picky kids won’t stop you from eating healthy if you follow these simple steps. Altering favorites, making eating fun, and setting a good example will help make sure you never hear “I’m not eating this!” again.


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Creating and inventing recipes is a good idea but, you must stick to the taste which your child love.

Posted by: kids tops at Dec 8, 2011 3:39:09 AM

Yes, I do agree with your post, and it can make a healthy meal for kids with fun. I like your recipe tips and I suggest all to follow these inforamtion to be familiar with your child food.

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