If you have a picky eater like I do, you know how hard it can be to get your child to eat anything let alone something healthy! Well, I have three healthy recipes that your children will eat without complaining! If my son ate them and didn’t complain, I’m sure yours will love them!
1. This one may seem obvious, but smoothies! I make my son drink a smoothie every morning so I know he is getting a good start to his day. It is packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. This is the smoothie I make that my son loves:
*2-3 handfuls of kale- Kale has 3 grams of protein per cup and has many other health benefits such as: high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin K and A, calcium and iron.
• 1 banana (fresh or frozen)- Bananas make this smoothie super tasty, and is high in potassium, vitamin B6 and C, magnesium, manganese, folate, fiber, and even has protein!
• 1-2 handfuls of frozen strawberries- Strawberries have a sweet tart taste that everyone loves! They are also high in antioxidants, vitamin C and K, potassium, and magnesium.
• 2-3 pitted dates- Dates are really going to sweeten this smoothie up so it tastes good to your child! But don’t worry; dates are low glycemic so they won’t spike your child’s blood sugar. Dates are also a good source of many vitamins and minerals including: iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, vitamin K and B6.
• 2 tbs of chia seeds- Chia seeds are on the healthy trend right now and for good reason. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin B1, B2, and B3.
• Top this smoothie off with a cup or two of almond milk and blend up! Your kids will love this!
2. This recipe is not only a good way to hide kale in your child’s food, but it is also a great solution for when you need to make dinner quick! I invented this recipe one day when I only had one hour to make and eat dinner before it was time to go to the gym. I had no idea what I was going to make so I looked around the kitchen and threw together what I could find. My son ended up loving it!
You Will Need
1 ½ cup of couscous
1 package of steam in the bag mixed vegetables (I used a mix of corn, green beans, and carrots)
2 cups of chopped kale
¼ cup of olive oil
1 tbs paprika (more or less to taste)
1 tbs Italian seasoning
-Prepare couscous to package instructions
-Meanwhile throw the veggie bag into the microwave, if you couldn’t find steam in the bag veggies, steam them over the stove.
-Chop kale into small pieces (so your kid doesn’t get a big bite and freak out)
-Combine couscous, veggies, kale, olive oil, and seasoning and mix
3. The last recipe is not of my own creation but I did find it enjoyable, and to my surprise my son did too. It is a potato kale gratin, which you can find here. Your welcome in advance!
If you have any healthy recipes your children love please leave them in the comments! Also I would love to hear how your children liked these so please let me know!
Until next time,
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