Tag: kids’ meals

Should You Sneak Veggies Into Your Kids’ Food?

by in Cooking for Kids, December 6, 2016

Every parent knows the pain of dealing with a picky eater — and the fear that the child will suffer malnutrition from a constant diet of pizza, grilled cheese and noodles. Hence, there’s a great temptation to take the stealth approach to your child’s health by slipping undetectable amounts of produce into those same favorite foods.

Employing this tactic is easier than ever now, thanks to companies like Oh Yes Foods, which markets frozen pizzas whose crusts are loaded with pulverized produce, and Kidfresh, whose frozen entrees of mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and cheese quesadillas hide ample amounts of veggies like carrots, spinach and cauliflower. Considering that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine out of 10 Americans kids fall short of the recommended intake of vegetables, this all seems like a brilliant idea. Yet some experts caution against relying on this technique. “Yes, it’s a good thing nutritionally,” admits Marcia Pelchat, Ph.D., a psychologist with the Monell Chemical Senses Center. “But if children are only exposed to vegetables in ways that mask their smell, texture and flavor, they may not learn to eat them.” Read more

Back-to-School Recipe Roundup

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, Uncategorized, August 28, 2016

It’s that time of year again: You need breakfasts that are quick to make and eat, lunches you can pack the night before, and after-school snacks that will keep kids going strong till dinnertime. To get the school year off to a healthy start, we’ve rounded up some great ideas and easy-to-make recipes that will help get you and the kids out the door on time.

 

Breakfast in a Hurry

Pumped-up pancakes: Add some shredded kale and apples to your regular pancake batter for an extra dose of nutrients.

Yogurt parfait: Layering plain or vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit and granola makes this fun breakfast a complete — and filling — meal.

Overnight oats: Prep these the night before and your kids can dig in as soon as they get up.

Breakfast burritos (pictured above): These wraps are a hearty and healthy breakfast — perfect for kids who are extra-hungry in the morning. And if you’re really in a rush, simply wrap a scrambled egg in a tortilla and hand it to your kid on his way out the door.

Frittata: Make this yummy dish on Sunday and your kids can eat it for breakfast all week long. Read more

Essential Healthy Lunchbox Meal Plan

by in Healthy Recipes, September 2, 2015

The kids are finally back to school, and you’re back to scrambling for ideas of what to pack for lunch. Here are five days of kid-friendly, well-balanced meals to keep your little ones going strong all day. Read more

Lunch on a Stick, 2 Ways: Chicken Kebabs and Tropical Fruit Kebabs

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

What is it about eating food off of a stick that makes it so much fun? These sweet and savory lunchbox kebabs are sure to be a hit with your kiddos, plus they’re nourishing and easy to make. The savory version pairs chicken, summer sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese with a creamy Greek Yogurt Pesto Dipping Sauce. The sweet version takes on a tropical twist with fresh mango and pineapple, plus an Orange Maple Coconut Dipping Sauce. Pack ‘em together in a lunchbox for a kid-friendly, healthy and nutritious meal! Read more

5 Better-for-You, Kid-Friendly Dinners

by in Healthy Recipes, March 16, 2015

Kid-friendly meals are a necessity when you’re a busy mother of two. Like other parents, I also want these creations to be healthy, fast and something I actually want to eat. Here are five recipes that cover all the bases.

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How to Make Healthy Cooking a Family Affair

by in Kid-Friendly, September 12, 2014

salad-stuffed popovers
Enlisting kids to help out in the kitchen can have numerous benefits beyond an extra pair of little hands assisting us:

  • Cooking teaches children useful skills, including cooperation, coordination, math (fractions and more) and problem-solving.
  • Cooking is a bonding experience for parents and kids.
  • Cooking an array of things, including fruits and vegetables, helps children develop a healthy relationship with the foods they eat, which is associated with better health and eating habits as they become teens and adults.

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Beyond Chicken Nuggets: When Kids Eat Out, Can They Eat Well?

by in Dining Out, June 11, 2014

kids' plate

With their steady rotation of grilled cheese and butter-topped noodles, the “kid-friendly” section of restaurant menus has always been unimaginative. But these days it’s hard not to notice that the offerings are also fairly unhealthy. The palette of food geared toward children is primarily white, brown and orange — the colors of french fries, fried nuggets (of one sort or another) and mac and cheese. Not only is such fare typically lacking in creativity, it’s also lacking in nutrition, although there’s generally no lack of calories or sodium. It’s not uncommon for a kid’s meal to exceed 1,000 calories, more than any adult needs in one sitting.

The good news is that many restaurants are making strides in revamping the menu options for pint-sized patrons. The National Restaurant Association just hosted the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge — a competition that encourages chefs to come up with enticing but healthy alternatives for kids. Winners included an organic sunflower butter and jam sandwich on multi-grain oat bread and a whole-wheat quesadilla filled with broccoli, chicken, peppers and corn. Read more

Make and Freeze Back-to-School Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

lemon blueberry pancakes
When you cook and freeze breakfast items ahead of time, you’ll always have something handy to serve before school, even on hectic mornings. Try making double or triple batches of any of these recipes.

Pancakes
Instead of buying mixes, make homemade pancakes and let them cool before storing in the freezer. Use these tips to lighten up your next batch.

Recipes to try:

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Fish Sticks: A Healthier Catch

by in Uncategorized, August 13, 2013

fish sticks

Although fish sticks can be a great way to introduce kids (and other picky eaters) to seafood, they’re basically breaded, fried, bland-tasting finger food. Yes, the omega-3 fatty acids are a terrific addition to the meal, but the 17 grams of fat per serving (3.5 ounces) isn’t. Instead of raiding the freezer, whip up a healthier version in a snap.

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20 Kid-Friendly (and Healthy!) Summer Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, July 13, 2013

peach smoothie
Although it’s easy to give into kids’ pleas for the same old not-so-healthy foods, parents and caregivers should provide a variety of dishes that will help kids grow and develop. Happily, summer offers a great opportunity to break away from the same old chicken nugget and mac-and-cheese routine. The season’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Here’s a sampling.
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