Tips on Making Healthy Food Fun for Kids
Developing healthy eating habits in kids is vital for keeping them fit and preventing health problems. Most kids love eating sweets and other food rich in sugar and many of them would rather skip eating vegetables and fruits. Nutrition Explorations recommends encouraging kids to eat more vegetables and fruits and involving kids in preparing the food. Depending on their age and skills kids can help prepare healthy food and the chances are that they would love to try the food they cooked themselves. Below are some quick and easy ideas parents will find useful.
1. Smoothie Creations
Blend low-fat or fat free yogurt or milk with pieces of bananas, peaches, pineapple or berries and crushed ice. You can use fresh, frozen or canned fruits. If you freeze the fruits first there is no need to add ice in your cocktail.
2. Delicious Dippers
Whip up a quick but nutritious dip with yogurt and seasonings like herbs and garlic to be served with raw vegetable such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Fruits taste delicious with a yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla dip.
3. Caterpillar Cabobs
Cut slices of melon, orange, apple and pear and assemble them on skewers for a fruity cabob. Or you may try a vegetable version with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, sweet pepper and cucumber.
4. Personalized Pizzas
Engage the kids in preparing a home made pizza. Use whole-meal English muffins, pita bread or bagels to make a crust and tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, vegetables or fruits for topping. Ask the kids what they would like to have for topping. Finally put your pizza into the oven to heat it up.
5. Potato Person
Adorn half of bakes potato with sliced cherry tomatoes, peas and low-fat cheese to create a funny face on the potato.
6. Fruity Peanut Butterfly
Use celery sticks to make the body and thin slices of apples to make the wings and attach them with peanut butter. Adorn with halved grapes or dried fruits.
7. Frosty Fruits
Kids adore frozen treats, especially in summer. Put fresh fruits in the freezer, then insert sticks into peeled bananas and freezing to make “popsicles”.
8. Homemade Trail Mix
Make your own trail mix by mixing nuts like unsalted peanuts, cashews, walnuts or sunflower seeds with dried fruits such as apples, pears, apricots, pineapples or raisins, plus add whole-grain cereals to the dish.
9. Bugs on a Log
10. Cucumber, celery or carrot sticks can serve as a log. Then add peanut butter and top with dried fruit of your choice: cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.
11. Put Kids in Charge
Ask your kids to name other foods made of vegetables and fruits. Let them arrange raw vegetables or fruits to make fun shapes.