If your child is picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables, sneaking in healthy foods may be a daily struggle. Armed with our top six healthy kid’s recipes, you can gain peace of mind knowing that your child is getting well-balanced nutrition.
Pasta with Chunky Vegetable Sauce
If your child enjoys pasta, he or she will love this hearty recipe. Best of all, it’s a cinch to prepare. Simply add fresh diced bell peppers, onions and mushrooms to your child’s favorite pasta sauce and cook on low heat until the vegetables are tender.
Add diced onion, bell pepper and tomato to a cheese quesadilla to make it more filling. You may sauté the vegetables beforehand to soften them. Top the quesadilla with fresh avocado and cilantro for added nutrition and flavor.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are an excellent alternative to potatoes and offer more health benefits. Simply slice into thin wedges and bake until tender. Top with salt and pepper or add a sweet twist by sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on top.
Maple Glazed Carrots
Cut 3 pounds of carrots into thin ovals and cook in a mixture of 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/3 cup water and 1 tablespoon of butter until soft for the ultimate side dish. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.
Pizza is an excellent way to motivate your child to eat more vegetables. Use personal-sized pizza crust and top with your child’s favorite tomato sauce. Thinly cut vegetables such as onion, bell pepper and olives and spread evenly on top of the sauce. Hide the veggies with a sprinkle of cheese and bake until it is fully melted.
Fruit parfait can be served as a healthy snack or dessert. Simply combine 1/2 to 3/4 cup vanilla or honey yogurt with 1/4 cup blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. You can use other fruit variations based on your child’s taste preferences. Top with a small amount of granola for added crunch.
At Woodburn Pediatrics, we believe that good health starts with a well-balanced diet. For more information about kid’s health or for help with your picky eater, contact us today!