Feeding children can be a frustrating experience. Some can be notoriously choosy when it comes to what they will eat, and it is difficult to make sure they eat healthily without imposing meals on them they do not want. However, healthy food can be tasty and fun, and there are many delicious dishes that you can cook for them. You can even involve them in the cooking, which makes it a great family experience, and much more fun. Here are some great ideas for healthy eating that the kids will love.
Pasta is Brilliant! The great thing about pasta is that it is not only healthy, but it is cheap and very versatile. It’s used across the world in many different ways and comes in a wide variety of forms. Another great thing is that kids love it! Let’s face it, spaghetti has always been a kids favorite, and you can cook pasta for years and still not find every single way there is to use it. Chicken is great with pasta, with a nice creamy sauce, and ham is another favorite. It can be used with a variety of sauces and is quick and easy to cook, too. Think of pasta as the healthy alternative to the kids favorite – chips – and you’ll soon find you have them asking for it!
Eggs are Easy What better way to satisfy a child looking for a snack than an omelet? Using low-fat oil – and just the minimum amount – you can cook a great omelet very quickly, and you can garnish it with healthy stuff like tomatoes and cheese, to make a truly delicious quick meal for both you and the kids. Eggs contain a great deal of healthy protein and are also cheap and versatile, so check out egg dishes for more ideas.
Healthy Cooking Let’s take a moment away from food, and talk about the cooking process. You want your kids to eat great food, and without any fuss, but you also want them to eat food that is cooked in a healthy fashion. Steaming is a great way of cooking, but there’s a range of excellent appliances that make life much easier if your kids really crave fried food. These are air fryers; they use a technique to fry food that doesn’t have any need for oils, and you really can do great chips in an air fryer, so your kids will be happy! You can check them out online, they’re not expensive, and we reckon you’ll want one!
Other healthy ways of cooking are boiling vegetables, grilling instead of frying – the fat is drained off in this method – and a quick stir fry, which uses very little other than a wok and the ingredients. What’s more, you can get the kids involved, as it’s fun to cook!
Curry – Really? It may come as a surprise to you that we recommend curry as a healthy option! We’re not talking your takeaway – although, in fact, it is one of the healthier of those – but a quick, home-made chicken curry, for example, cooked up in no time! It’s a simple fact that most eastern food is far more healthy that we eat in the West, so check out some of the great curry recipes on the internet, and you’ll keep the kids happy and healthy in one.
Burgers Now we’re joking, right? Well, no, because healthy eating is mostly about the ingredients combined with the cooking method, and it is perfectly simple to make a delicious burger, using lean pork or beef, that is very healthy and very tasty. There are many different ways of garnishing it, too – why not try sweet potato chips instead of the less healthy traditional version, for example – and oven-cooked burgers are actually surprisingly low in fat. We like to experiment with Asian flavors, which can be a great way of getting your kids to expand their taste palette early in life.
Pizza It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world, using natural ingredients and healthy ways of cooking. The great thing about pizza is that you can easily make your own base, and then get the kids to take it from there! Provide them with a range of healthy toppings – cheese, ham, chicken and a variety of vegetables – and let them create their own! It really is great fun, and your child may come up with their own signature pizza topping before you know it!
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or bland; in fact, some of the most delicious dishes of all are very healthy, as we have proved above! Get your kids onto healthy food early, and engage them in the process, and you’ll soon see how easy it is to have healthy food for every meal, without any effort at all.