Kids can be picky eaters and even tougher critics. You don’t have to rely on fast food kids’ meals. Serving healthy foods may be met with resistance but with a little creativity in the kitchen, you and your child can be enjoying healthy meals, snacks, and smiles, too!
Give food a fun name
Giving foods a fun name can make them sound more enticing to first time tryers. For example, a spinach smoothie may not sound so appealing. Call the same drink a super green shamrock smoothie, frankenstein smoothie, or hulk shake and you’ll have super sippers in record time! Other ideas:
- Try adding a pinch beet powder to oatmeal for “perfectly pink oatmeal”
- Add spinach to eggs got “green eggs and ham”
- Celery, peanut butter, and pretzels become “butterfly snacks”
Giving food fun names is a great way to make lunchtime foods fun foods. With silly names, healthy foods for kids lunchboxes are sure to be eaten and enjoyed.
Giving kids the power to choose gives them a sense of control over what they’re eating. When kids are involved in choosing foods and preparing the meal, they are more likely to try it. Make a DIY baked potato bar so each family member can control their own topping destiny. Topping ideas include: chili, broccoli, cheddar cheese, sour cream, or anything you like on your potato! Other easy DIY dinners are making your own taco bar (just put all the toppings out and let them choose) or super salad night (put out the greens and toppings). Let everyone make their dinner their way. You’ll get no complaints and they’ll get the healthy, tasty foods they want (and maybe even try some new ones too).
Find familiar foods in new ways
If your kiddos love carrots, cauliflower, green beans, bell peppers, or any other kind of vegetable or fruit, you can probably find it in different colors or shapes. Check out your local farmers market for different varieties of your favorites. Did you know you can find purple cauliflower, carrots, beans, and peppers? You can also find orange cauliflower, yellow carrots, pink swiss chard, and more! Try a few new foods in a fun picnic lunch or family charcuterie board. Serving familiar favorites in new fun colors is a great way to introduce more healthy foods for kids.
Try new shapes
Using silly shapes can be a fun way to introduce new foods. Try sandwich cutters to create terrific tuna sandwiches, with chopped celery and shredded carrots. Use pancake molds to create fluffy, fun, shaped breakfast foods. Try finding seasonal pasta shapes, like daisy shaped ravioli. Use these opportunities to introduce a new food, alongside a familiar favorite. These fun foods for kids are sure to put a smile on their face and yours!
Use holidays, days of the week, or any occasion to celebrate and change up familiar recipes. Fun kids recipes don’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. Love halloween and hot dogs? Try rolling a hot dog in a pizza dough for a spooky treat. Another way to make hot dogs fun? Put them in a pizza pocket. Use a familiar food, like pizza, to add veggies with seasonal flair. Decorate your pizza to look like a snowman and add shredded carrot “noses”. Make bell pepper flowers on your pizza for a springtime treat. The only limit is your imagination!
Lastly, give your kids permission to criticize the foods they are served. You can even use this fun printable to get them started. Try pretending they are a restaurant reviewer. What would they score for ambiance, flavor, presentation, etc.. Then ask, what would they do differently? A kids meal delivery service, Yumble Kids delivers wholesome, quality ingredients, hidden veggies, and whole grains in a variety of fun ways your kiddo is sure to love! You’ll love the convenience, too!
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