Making kids eat healthy food is a big task every mother goes through. With kids pre-occupied with play time, TV, and fast food, it is quite challenging to make them eat food that’s good for them. However, there are ways to make healthy food pleasant for kids instead of boring. Here are some suggestions on how and what you can serve them as snacks.
-Use fun plates – Presentation will really make a huge impact if you want your kids to eat healthier and in a fun way. There are different plate designs that can disguise the healthy food and make it look more exciting for the kids. Colorful plates and those that are shaped like Santa’s face or their favorite cartoon character can distract the kids and make the food look more exciting.
-Have healthy dips – Instead of chocolate or other dips that are heavy on sugar or oil, you can use yogurt instead as dip for fruits or vegetables. You can serve it as well in a cute bowl and use the garnishing as added decorations such as the carrots, parsley or raisins to make a smiling face on top of the yogurt.
-Add whole grain goodness – Put whole grain or oats in your cookie recipe. Use this trick if you want to sneak a little goodness in the cookies without them totally noticing it.
-Use special cookie cutters – Cut your cookies in funny animal shapes, alphabet or seasonal shapes such as leaves or a snowman. You can purchase special cookie cutters from your local bakery supply store or you can simply make one your own. You can create cookie shapes that are fun as they are exactly what your kids want – whether a cartoon character or animal shape.
-Make pita sandwiches – The usual sandwich will definitely look boring over time for kids, and to make it exciting, use pita wraps instead. Kids will have fun eating them and will enjoy having them over and over again. There are whole wheat pita breads available that you can use as well and they are of course healthier and the texture will be an exciting twist as well.
-Veggie pizza – A veggie pizza may seem boring, but if they have fun making it, they will have fun eating their very own creation as well. Prepare cut out pieces of vegetables that you want them to have in their pizza. Then place them in small bowls, prepare the other ingredients, and call them your ‘little chefs’ as they spread, top, and layer their very own pizza snack. This can be a good bonding time for the family as well while at the same time, they get to appreciate the work you do in the kitchen while getting to eat something healthy as well.
Even just changing the presentation of the food can make a lot of difference. Try to think of the things you would have wanted to eat when you were a kid, and now give it a healthier twist. There are many ways to serve food that’s both healthy and fun for kids.
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