Apr 6, 2015

Healthy Meal Ideas for Kids

simple, food groups, kidsThis post is written by Melissa from On the Go Healthy Moms, health/fitness contributor. 

Who get's in the rut of what to put on the table for your kids and wanting them to actually eat it?
Well you are doing a great job if you expect them to try a different food, but understanding that kids don't always like a new food. 

I have found it best to tell them they have to at least try it.

I also get stuck in the rut of just making what I know they will eat, and sometimes that isn't the healthiest choice- Mac N' Cheese here we come.


But I have some tips and healthy meal ideas for you to take some stress away.


simple, food groups

  • Pick a food from each Food Group- Fruit, Veggie, Protein, Grains, and Dairy.  
    • Kids like to be able to choose, but let them know that you can take turns choosing and they need to pick something they haven't tried before.
  • Lay the desired food out on the plate according to the food group.  
    • This way they can see the different food groups which helps them learn what is important to eat each day.
    • Make it fun! Cut up food, sandwiches into different shapes.


Here are 3 Healthy Meal Ideas for kids, that even Mom's will love to eat!


Meal #1
Grapes
Cauliflower, broccoli, celery, baby carrots
Hummus Dip for veggies
Glass of milk



Meal #2
Strawberries
Carrots, Broccoli, Cucumber
Yogurt
Favorite noodles with Marinara Sauce
Yogurt based Ranch Dip for veggies



Meal #3
Unsweetened Applesauce (no sugar added)
Snap peas & cherry tomatoes
Peanut Butter & honey sandwich cut into triangles
Cubed cheddar cheese
Yogurt



What are your favorite healthy meals for kids?



Thanks for checking in,



Melissa

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