“All I want is to see happy my little angel when he is in front of food, that I consider healthy.” Moms are aware that chips, cupcakes and lots of other unhealthy foods are going to find their way into their kids’ mouth. But how can they make their kids turn to and enjoy the healthy food that they serve to them?
Don’t forget to add these top picks of true bite-for-bite nutritional powerhouses: eggs, oatmeal, fruits, nuts, milk, blueberries, tofu, tomatoes, low-fat Greek yogurt, cabbage, salmon, cocoa, black beans, basil, cinnamon and of course served the way they find delicious, not you.
Eggs offer protein, and they’re one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.
Oatmeal is a fiber-rich whole grain,which digest slowly, providing kids with a steady stream of energy. Research shows that kids who eat oatmeal are better able to concentrate and pay attention in school.
Nuts are made up of healthy fats, which kids need for growth and development, as well as for heart health.
Milk Protein and calcium in dairy products provide fuel for the brain and body. Protein will help build your kids brain tissue, while milk’s calcium keeps kids’ bones and teeth strong.
More to come in the next article regarding health benefits in kids of other foods mentioned here for their nutrient values and one recipe for each of them. But how can you serve the above mentioned foods to your kids and they could love eating them?
Mini Burrito Spread re-fried beans on a small corn tortilla. Top with a chopped egg, salsa, and avocado slices. Roll up. Perfect for your kids school lunches.
- 100 g raisins
- 150ml vegetable oil
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 140g plain flour
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 300 g oats
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Pour 50ml/2fl oz boiling water over the raisins and leave to soak for 20 mins until plump. Drain, reserving the liquid.Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Gradually beat in the egg, along with the reserved water from the raisins, the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt into the bowl, then add the oats. Finally, mix in the raisins.
- Drop heaped tbsps of the cookie dough onto the baking trays, well spaced apart as they will spread when cooking. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden. Leave to cool on the trays for 10 mins before tucking in, or transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
What about milk? Are your kids struggling hard not to drink it? Then prepare milkshake. It is easy and healthy. To make a milkshake, you really only need two ingredients – 1 to 1-1/2 cups of milk and 1 pint ice cream. Just place those two ingredients in a blender with any fruit or nuts and give it a whir. Don’t overmix – you want your milkshake to be thick. And serve immediately to your little angels.