Healthier Ways to Make Popular Kid Foods
Posted by Dana R. Arevalo
Written by Christine Maddox
There are some constants in the world and children's food is one of them. It seems like kids will eat only certain things and most of those things are not very healthy for them. However, there are ways to make kid favorite foods healthier without making the kids not want to eat them. Here are some simple healthy upgrades to your child’s favorite foods.
- Mac and Cheese – The typical kid comfort food, mac and cheese from a box or from scratch is full of unhealthy things like high fat cheese, butter, and tons of carbs. However you can reduce the calories and increase the fiber with a few simple substitutions. Instead of using cheese alone to make your mac, try making a simple cheese sauce with skim milk, whole wheat flour, and low fat cheese. This both stretches your cheese and reduces the fat. Serve with whole wheat pasta for added fiber, and you can even add in finely chopped broccoli if your kids like it. If your kids are not a fan of whole wheat pasta, try white wheat pasta with added protein for a filling and healthy meal.
- Fruit Rollups –Full of chemicals and corn syrup, the store bought fruit rolls are a kid favorite but make you wince as they eat them. Instead, make your own with this simple recipe: Combine fresh fruit and applesauce, simmer until fruit is soft, puree and spread out on wax paper. Let it dry in a low oven. Two pounds of strawberries and a half of a cup of applesauce can make a whole baking sheet worth of fruit rolls. You can also use frozen fruit if fresh is not in season.
- Corn dogs – Deep fried corn dogs are not a healthy food, but kids seem to adore them. Make your own mini corn dogs at home simply and healthily. Mix up a batch of corn bread and fill mini muffin tins with it. Insert a slice of turkey dog in each tin and bake until golden brown. Voila, your own healthy baked corn dogs.
- Spaghetti and Meatballs – To make this classic go further and be healthier, try using whole wheat bread crumbs and lean meat such as ground turkey. Bake the meatballs and serve with whole wheat or white wheat pasta and homemade sauce.
Helping kids to eat healthier starts one step at a time. You do not have to force feed them salads or gourmet meals, instead make what they love even better for them by adding some veggies and substituting a few things. Once they start eating healthier it is much easier to work your way up little by little.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.