Feeding your kids can be a challenge, especially if they are fussy eaters. What’s even more of a challenge is making them eat healthy! They’re so bombarded with sugary snacks and beverages from all directions, it’s no wonder that kids find eating healthy is the weird thing to do.
If you have a picky eater at home, try some of these quick and fun recipes. They look good, and they taste great! What’s more, they’re good for you and your kids, too!
ANTS ON A LOG
They’re fun and easy to make. All you need is the log (a celery stick works nicely), the ants (whatever toppings you want), and something to stick the ants on the log (cheese, peanut butter, cream cheese). Try a combination of celery, peanut butter, and raisins. They’re sweet, salty, crunchy, and yummy!
GOOD MORNING TOASTIE
Breakfast can be difficult with picky kids because they want sugary cereals. However, this tempting toast dish can help them get over that sugary craving. Toast a piece of whole wheat bread, spread some mashed avocado, and top with a runny egg. You can sprinkle some nuts for crunch, too!
EGGS AND AVOCADOES
It’s a very simple dish, but it’s packed full of proteins and healthy fats. Drizzle some olive oil, put some salt and pepper to taste, and your kid will love the earth flavor of this dish.
CRUNCHY CARROT CHIPS
Carrot chips are a delicious and healthy alternative to potato chips. You can make them at home by baking the carrot slices at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 10-12 minutes. You can sprinkle some salt and sugar on the carrots before baking for a sweet and savory treat.
Banana bites are a great compromise between a snack and a dessert. Just chop up a banana, put some peanut butter, dip the “sandwich” into dark chocolate, and top with flaked almonds. Chill and serve!
Mashed cauliflower, melted cheese, basil, and heirloom tomatoes. Perfection.
This is a great pick-me-up snack in the afternoon. It’s packed with carbohydrates and protein. If you’re going on a camping trip, this is a good snack to have in your backpack.
HOME-MADE CREAM CHEESE GUACAMOLE
If you love chips and dip, then you’ll definitely love having this creamy home-made dip at your next party. The cream cheese just takes the indulgence to a whole new level, while keeping fat and calories low.
Delicious, light and refreshing, these yummy little treats pack a lot of flavor in small package. This will definitely be a hit during your next dinner party.
BAKED APPLE CHIPS
Similar to the crunchy carrot chips above, apple chips are a good alternative to potato chips.
Take a crunchy type of apple such as Granny Smith, slice into thick slices. Spread some peanut butter for protein. Add some raisins for a sweet, tangy burst. Yum!
A good way to spruce up any old vegetable platter.
HOME-MADE TRAIL MIX
If you love snacking on trail mix, you should make your own trail mix at home! Simply mix together any dried fruits and nuts you have on hand. For some extra indulgence, you can add in some chocolate, too.
The perfect little finger foods, these treats are great for munching on when you’re chatting up people at a dinner party.
HOME-MADE YOGURT DIP
It’s an age-old trick that parents love to use to get their kids to eat: make a fun dip! This delicious dip is low-fat, but full of flavor, nutrients, and proteins. The peanut butter is a familiar flavor for kids, and the honey adds a touch of sweetness.
If you have some left-over prosciutto that you don’t know what to do with, this is a nifty little recipe. The creamy cream cheese compliments the salty prosciutto, and the crunch of the French bread makes it a perfect little bite.
HOME-MADE PICO DE GALLO
Some kids can have a problem with the tangy, sour taste of tomatoes, so make them love that flavor by making it into a kid-friendly dip. Make sure to pair it with some corn chips!
Healthy, light, and delicious. These wraps are a great way to introduce your kids to Asian cuisine. Don’t forget to add some peanuts for crunch!
FROZEN BLUEBERRIES WITH YOGURT
It has all the creaminess and delicious tang of blueberry ice cream, with less calories and sugar.