Many parents face an eternal struggle when it comes to feeding their child–the struggle between feeding their child something they will actually eat, and feeding their child something that is actually healthy for them. Luckily, with a little research one can discover that they don’t actually have to compromise, because there are plenty of wonderful recipes that are both delicious as well as healthy meals.
10 Healthy Meals for Kids
1. Diner Meatloaf Muffins
In many cases, the portion of a meal can be what makes it seem attractive to kids. Molding meatloaf meat into muffin size portions can make it more interesting to kids, and it is often a well-loved favorite. Plus, finely chopped carrots, celery and onions can be hidden inside to provide extra antioxidants and fiber without alerting kids to their presence.
2. Honey Ginger Chicken Bites
This perfect, bite-sized chicken pieces are sweet and delicious, and a wonderful source of protein. They can even be served with brown rice and green beans to round out the meal.
3. Mini Bacon and Potato Frittatas
Instead of filling up on sugary cereal, kids can sink their teeth into these delicious egg, bacon and potato frittatas. They are a perfect morning meal as they are loaded with protein and fiber.
4. Veggie Piglets in Blankets with Dipping Sauce
Veggie sausages are packed with soy protein and can provide a reduced-fat version of the classic favorite, and can be served with barbeque sauce, ketchup or low-fat Ranch dressing.
5. Sliders with Shallot-Dijon Relish
Miniature burgers are fun and the perfect size for kids. They can be topped with low-fat cheese, lettuce, and pickles, or served with shallot-dijon relish for those kids with more grown-up tastes.
6. Tofu Bites
Tofu is full of protein, fiber, healthy fat, calcium, folic acid and iron, and can be delicious if well-prepared. A teaspoon of honey can help sweeten the deal without adding too many extra calories.
7. Peanut Butter Banana Spirals
Spreading peanut butter on a gluten free tortilla and adding banana slices and a little wheat germ can provide kids with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, potassium and fiber.
8. G.I. Joes
Frozen soy crumbles can take the place of ground beef and provide kids with protein without adding cholesterol, and they look, smell and taste much like meat.
9. Carrot Cake Pancakes
Adding grated carrots, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to traditional pancakes can allow for a sweet, delicious and nutritious meal at any time of the day.
10. Soft Chicken Tacos
Six-inch corn tortillas filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, cucumber, avocado and vegetables are a kid favorite, and they also provide wonderful protein and fiber.
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