They're so good, your kids may even eat their veggies!
Getting kids to eat well can be a constant battle. Not to worry: We're here to help with 10 healthy twists on classic kid favorites like pizza, tater tots, and popsicles. They all feature wholesome fruits and veggies so you can rest easy knowing your kids are getting a variety of nutrients and wholesome food. Because we want to keep them happy ... not only on pizza nights! Score a delicious win-win when you get your kids to lap up these 10 yummy recipes:
You guys, this legit tastes like dessert. With flavors of orange and vanilla, you'll swear you're eating a creamsicle. This Greek yogurt-based fruit dip has a touch of honey, vanilla, orange zest, and a splash of OJ, so it's super healthy. Plus, it's full of probiotics and protein. Serve it with your kids' favorite fruits or some salty pretzels for dipping.
I don't know about you, but my kid will eat just about anything if it's covered in ranch. While this is great for ensuring he eats at least SOME vegetables, most store-bought dressings and dips are full of sodium, preservatives, and offer no actual nutritional value. This homemade ranch dip is Greek yogurt-based, so it's high in protein, and the only other ingredients are spices you probably already have in your pantry. Serve it with veggies or pasta and let your little one dip to their heart's content.
Tater tots are a childhood staple. They're salty, delicious, and (in case you haven't noticed a theme so far) kids love any food that can be dipped in something. The trouble is they're also greasy, high in sodium, and relatively low in nutrition. Swap out the usual tots with this baked cauliflower version. They're quick to make and feature only a few ingredients (plus they freeze well so you can make a big batch and have them on hand for busy nights!). We're betting your kids won't even know the difference.
This is a breakfast the whole family can agree on. My childhood was filled with brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal packets. Delicious, yes, but this version is much more wholesome. It's sweetened with maple syrup and features rolled oats, walnuts, and apples for a heartier version to keep everyone fuller...longer. TIP: Bake up a 9x13 pan on Sunday night and have breakfast ready to reheat for the week!
The hardest time to feed kids well is at snack time. Kids snack constantly, and it's difficult to find food that's nutritious, portable, and inexpensive. These homemade granola bars check all of those boxes! They feature flavors kids love, like cinnamon, honey, and apples. Plus, they're easy-to-make and They're nutrient-rich. And at only 100 calories each, they might just be your new favorite snack too!
Most kids love pasta, but it's not the most well-rounded dinner. Add in some much-needed protein and ditch the carbs with these chicken and quinoa meatballs. They're easy to assemble and they freeze well, so stash the extras in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner later on. Sneak in some chopped spinach or grated carrots for an even healthier version!
While this looks and tastes like a dessert, the only ingredients are fruits and vegetables. So, you're basically getting your toddler to eat a salad. If that doesn't make you mom of the year, I don't know what will. These popsicles are super easy and take only a few minutes to make (minus freezing time). The best part? Make a big batch and let your kids have the smoothie version now...and popsicles tomorrow. No waiting AND your kids just ate kale? Well done, mama. Well done...
Here's another great option for breakfast or snack time: Toddler muffins. They're labeled "toddler muffins" because those little people are notoriously picky, but these muffins will appeal to kids and adults alike. While they're packed with bananas, apples, pumpkin, and carrots, these muffins taste like dessert. They're a perfect addition to your kiddo's lunch or a bring-along portable snack when you hit the park. Your kids will love them!
For a lot of kids, the texture of vegetables is tough. Not to mention, they can spot them a mile away. With this pizza roll recipe, the veggies are blended up in a delicious marinara sauce, so we guarantee that even the pickiest of kids won't know they're there. This recipe includes 9 different vegetables, but you can throw in whatever you have on hand. Just be sure to sautee them first for a smooth sauce. Freeze any leftovers for later, or send them in their lunch tomorrow.
Another faux dessert! These cookies are as healthy as they are delicious. They're dairy-free, and can easily be made gluten-free with a simple flour swap. The only sweetener is maple syrup and they're loaded with freshly shredded carrots to pack in a nutritional punch. Healthy enough for a grab-and-go breakfast--or a nutritious after-school snack--these cookies are sure to be a new family favorite.