Healthy Recipes for Kids
Advice & A Good Start
A big challenge that parents face is serving their children healthy, well-balanced meals that are both delicious and easy to make. Many times the foods that adults prefer eating are foods that they feel their children will not eat, or foods they will have a hard time getting their children to try.
Another challenge is the time constraint. Working everyday and being tired when you get home is not the best or most conducive conditions for wanting to cook. As a result, many people resort to quick fix meals which many times lack the important components of what both we and our children need to stay healthy.
Following the kids food pyramid, all the components for what makes a balanced meal and in what quantities can easily be spotted. Once you’re armed with that knowledge the next step is trouble-free. Take every Sunday morning to plan your menu for the week, and do your groceries on Sunday afternoon.
Knowing exactly what you will serve your kids for breakfast, lunch, packed lunch, snacks, and dinners will help your work time and efficiency in the kitchen as you’re already anticipating what you have to do. While doing this, think about your schedule for the week, anticipating what time you’ll be getting home on each day so you can figure out what’s doable in the amount of time you have.
You can also pre-prepare some ingredients for some dishes the night before or the morning before so that you will be able to manage time better and cook effortlessly. This takes care of the time constraint problem!
Planning your menu also allows you to make sure that what you’re serving is healthy for your kids and healthy for your wallet. Yup! Planning a menu helps you save bucks because you don’t buy unnecessary things at the grocery, you’re buying just what you need, and maybe some extra fruits and healthy snacks for the kids to choose from. So you’re eating healthy AND saving money, what more could you ask for?
Healthy recipes for kids are usually really easy to make. You can reserve more complicated foods (which are still healthy) for the weekends when you have more time to cook. Since many of the recipes are easy, you can ask your kids for help in the kitchen. This is a great opportunity for you to teach them about healthy foods, and to familiarize them with what they’re eating. That way you’re sure they’ll eat it!
This also allows you to cook foods that you were afraid your children will not eat. Trust that when a child creates something in the kitchen, they will definitely want to try and see what it tastes like. You don’t have to be stuck with spaghetti and meatballs or fried chicken all the time! You can expand your children’s culinary horizons by introducing them to the world of healthy cooking!
So start this week! Plan out a menu, buy healthy foods that you need, figure our the amount of time you’ll need for prep and cooking, and get your kids involved!
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