Healthy Foods Kids Will Enjoy Eating

It’s 7:04 am. Your head barely grazed the pillow but here you are — awake again! You’re sitting at the breakfast table watching your daughter cross her arms, put on her biggest pout, and refuse to eat the fruit and yogurt you’ve placed in front of her. You know she should eat healthy foods, but the box of fruity sugar-flakes is whispering your name. She needs to eat something.

Sound familiar? Don’t let the ease of non-nutritious food tempt you. We’re going to help you serve healthy foods that your kids will actually want to eat.

Breakfast Treats

Are your kids refusing to eat fruit? Try a smoothie! Smoothies have a similar consistency to milkshakes, so your kids will feel like they’re eating dessert for breakfast. The best part? You can pack nutrients into a smoothie and feel great about giving your kids healthy foods for breakfast.

Another benefit of smoothies: they are super easy to make. All you need is some yogurt (try Greek if you want to pack in some protein), fruit, and some juice or milk. If you’re lacking inspiration, Rachelray.com offers four smoothie recipes that kids will love.

Health Foods Blueberry Smoothie

For the Blueberry Blast Smoothie above you’ll need:

  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ cup milk

Combine the ingredients in a blender and serve.

Healthy Foods for Lunch

When you’re sending your kid off to school, don’t opt for the school-served meals. Try making your son or daughter a hearty, wholesome meal that you can feel good about giving them. If you get stumped when you’re looking for healthy foods for lunch, Cooking Light has a list of recipes that will re-inspire you!

One recipe that is sure to be a winner with kids is chicken salad with Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Greek yogurt adds the perfect amount of creaminess to this classic dish, without adding extra fat.

Healthy Foods Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups leftover rotisserie chicken
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup diced apple
  • 8 slices bread
  • ½ cup grapes, halved
  • 4 leaves boston bibb lettuce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

For the instructions and full recipe, click here.

Delicious Dinner

What kid doesn’t love fried chicken? It’s full of crispy crunchy goodness, but it’s also full of unhealthy fats. One way to give your kids a dish they love, but with a healthy twist, is to oven “fry” chicken. You can achieve the same level of crispiness by baking chicken and you get to sidestep all of that fatty, greasy oil.

The key is the coating. Using crushed cornflakes is a quick way to add that satisfying crunch to your chicken dish without adding a ton of extra calories. Move over fried chicken, healthy foods are here to stay!

Healthy Foods Oven Fried Chicken

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ½ sleeve of whole-grain salted crackers
  • 2 ½ cups corn cereal flakes
  • ¾ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup lowfat, plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 medium sized skinless chicken breasts and 4 skinless thighs

For the instructions and full recipe, click here.

Don’t settle for unhealthy meals because you think preparing healthy foods is a difficult task. Sure, it takes more work than ordering a pizza, but it’s worth it. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have recipes that will make your kids crave these healthy alternatives. Your kids will feel good because they get to eat delicious meals and you’ll feel good knowing they are healthy. Bon appetite!




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