Getting children excited about healthy eating can be one of the hardest challenges for parents! Some children (no matter how hard you try) just don’t like healthy food and turn their noses up at even the freshest fruit and vegetables.
There are some tricks to getting your children on board with healthy eating though – and one of the most effective ways is embracing recipes that children find fun and appealing. The trick is, to cook these fun meals, and include the healthy food. Hopefully – the excitement of the meal will distract them from the fruit and veg hidden inside!
So what are these magical recipes I hear you say? Well, I’ve compiled a great list for you to look through, so get reading! They’re all within budget too – so fear not, none of these will cost you the earth or break the bank!
Pizza is one of those great meals that can so easily be disguised as something much cooler than what it actually is! For kids, pizza is the ultimate treat food – so by making it healthy, you’re really latching onto something great. Hand-make the pizza dough and use whole-wheat flour instead of the processed white flour to start with. Then, use low-fat cheese and top with very finely cut vegetables. You could even blend the vegetables into the tomato sauce – that way the children won’t even be able to see them – but they’ll still be getting their 5-a-day!
Cheese on Toast
This is another good trick for those kids who love their comfort food and who need easing in gently to the idea of healthy eating. Choose some nice thick bread and again, some low fat cheese, but before layering the cheese on top of the bread – thinly place sliced tomatoes and basil underneath. The meal still looks the same – but it is a little bit healthier than before.
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