December 7, 2016
Saying that little ones can get picky at mealtime is an understatement. To create healthy meal plans (ones that kids will actually eat), get creative! Children don't like the same foods as adults. That's why it's imperative to make mealtime fun, a little messy, and adventuresome. Here's are some ideas:
Think of the child's plate as an artist's canvas. The more eye-catching, pretty, or colorful it is, the more reasons the child has to investigate the food. For example, make a breakfast smiley face using a sliced hard-boiled egg for eyes, a strip of bacon for the smile, and a bright red strawberry for the nose. Or with pancakes or waffles, make a funny fruit and nut animal like this photo!
Roll It Up
Kids like anything that's easy to grab. Use a whole wheat tortilla as the base for several types of roll-up sandwiches. Try ham and cheese, pepperoni and mozzarella, peanut butter and jelly or chicken salad rolled in a tortilla. Add a side of dipping sauce, such as ranch or barbecue, and the little one will be done with lunch in no time.
Use a Blender
What the child can't see will nourish him. Use a blender to change the look of healthy foods. Blend soft pears into an applesauce-like sauce. Add a handful of fresh spinach or steamed broccoli to pasta sauce and blend. Or place fruit and milk into a blender to make a fruit smoothie, serving it in your child's favorite cup.
Make It Bite Size
Make healthy meal plans more child-friendly by making everything bite size. Instead of offering carrot sticks, make nickel-size carrot medallions. Cut pieces of fruit and meat into cubes. Then offer naturally small vegetables, such as peas, corn, or lima beans.
Get Kids Involved
Look into local classes geared toward family cooking classes or cooking classes for kids. These will get children more interested in trying new foods!
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