Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is something almost every parent struggles with. Why? I don’t think we’ll ever fully understand. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables has been linked to stronger immunity, lower incidences of cancer, lower weight and more! Kids who eat fruits and veggies at every meal are filling up on high fiber, high nutrient, low calorie foods, in the right portions. It is also setting them up for success and healthy eating habits for adulthood. That’s why we’ve partnered with SuperHealthyKids.com to feature 10 amazing recipes that help little ones consume their fruits and veggies without all the struggle.
Super Healthy Kids is not trying to “sneak” healthy ingredients in, rather they are helping increase the nutrient content of daily meals. We adults can benefit from these recipes as well!
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One of my favorite power breakfast foods before I hit the gym in the morning is whole grain English muffins with just a small amount of butter. When I found this beet berry jam I couldn’t wait to try it out. A jam that is not filled with sugar and actually healthy for you. Now I am going to make it for my daughter as she loves strawberry jam. Super Healthy Kids says “This jam is a great spread for your sandwiches and toast! Not only is it loaded with antioxidants from fresh berries, but it also has beets – which are amazing for helping you clean out all the gunk in your body!”
Every kid loves good old mac n’ cheese. This is another recipe that I’ve made for my daughter over and over again and never have issues getting her to finish her plate. Last time I mixed zucchini with summer squash and have also added butternut squash when in season. Either way I’ve mixed it up and she has gobbled it up! You won’t feel guilty when they go for 2nd and 3rd helpings. Another good tip is to add peas and tuna to get the flavor of actual veggies (without being hidden) while adding some extra protein.
Now though these biscuits don’t look like they have broccoli and carrots in them, but they do in fact have the flavor. The reason my daughter hates broccoli is she does not like the texture of the florets on her tongue, so these are perfect! I love using a heart shaped cookie cutter to add that special touch. Kids also eat with their eyes first. The more fun and appealing you make their meals the more likely they will eat them. I made these last week using ghosts and bats for Halloween. Definitely a hit at the table.
Sadly, this is one recipe my daughter will not touch. She doesn’t like pancakes of any sort. Even the fatty, fluffy ones covered in syrup and butter. Strange kid, I know! For any other parent the color of these will make them so much fun. Perfect for Valentine’s Day but just as good all year around. The beets add great color without artificial food coloring. Your kiddos will be getting a dose of veggies right from the start of their day. On top of it, you actually can’t taste the beets.
When I first started putting together recipe posts I found a ton of recipes that incorporated veggies in muffins. I tried a few and some came out good and some weren’t so great. But these muffins will have even the pickiest of eaters gobbling them up. It’s all in how they are presented. Our recipe blogger, Amy, called them princess cupcakes and her girls couldn’t wait to try them out. My daughter is only 2 so all I did was give them to her and she was happy as a clam. She ate 2 within 30 minutes! You can use any fruits and veggies that you want or you think your child will like. I stuck to the recipe to ensure they were moist and delicious before trying my own take on it. I always buy fun muffin cups and let my daughter help me mix and make them. Definitely another great way to get them eating well and involved in the kitchen.
What kid doesn’t love a popsicle? Making your own is much easier than you think. Plus, you can sneak some veggies in there and they still have a great flavor. The bananas, berries, peaches and apple juice add the necessary sweetness kids desire and they get their daily dose of veggies without even knowing it in a frozen snack. Make sure it is all blended really well so the color comes out appealing to the eye.
Green smoothies have become quite popular. Now my little one doesn’t care for the green color but with most kids you can give it a cool name like green monster, Hulk juice or bunny juice and they’ll be all over it. If they don’t like green, Amy has some recipes that will take the green color out without taking the nutritious green veggies out. Always use mild tasting veggies such as baby kale and Swiss chard. The bananas will naturally sweeten the smoothie making it more palatable for the little ones. Smoothies are such a quick and easy way to get breakfast before school or rushing out the door to start your day. Grab your ingredients, blend and drink! Done. Once you get the base down start creating your own masterpieces.
Sneaking veggies into desserts has to be one of my favorite ways to get the little one to eat them. I love that she gets excited about having a healthy dessert. Most of these recipes include kale which contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Amy did the hard work creating the recipe and all you have to do is make ’em. So far I’ve tried the creamy avocado ice cream and it’s a hit! Thanks to Mom we have more kale than we know what to do with. It grew like a weed in her garden this summer, but it freezes really well to keep for months.
I love crescent rolls and I mean the amazing ones prepackaged that are filled with butter and fat. When I saw these I thought this is a must try especially since you get some great nutrition from the sweet potatoes. Once you try these you will be hooked. They are so delicious. There is a slight sweetness from the sweet potato that gives them such an addicting flavor. My daughter can also help roll them. We have a ton of fun in the kitchen making these together.
Two things I always get my daughter and typically any kid to eat are pizza and pasta. This is another tested and approved recipe my daughter and my nanny’s son absolutely love. There are 9 different types of veggies in these rolls! Yes, 9 and they still ask for more. Now test them out on your little ones and as always feel free to tweak the recipe to you and your family’s taste buds. I add sweet basil and parsley to the top along with Parmesan cheese.
Super Healthy Kids also offers meal plans for those that might need extra help. I signed up and absolutely love it. I get so many wonderful ideas and it keeps me on track with healthy balanced meals.
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