Kid-Friendly Clean Meal Make-Over
Have picky kids that won’t eat healthy no matter how hard you try? If you are cooking for a family, this could be one of the hardest things that you experience about clean eating. No matter how hard you try, they just won’t put what’s on the table in front of them.
Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help get them eating what you prepare.
Let’s go over some ways that you can sneak healthy clean eating into their menu.
Make Turkey Taco’s
Taco night is always a big hit but with those high fat tortilla shells and ground beef, you know it will do a number on your waistline.
Want to make it leaner? First, swap the ground beef for ground turkey breast meat instead. This is a perfectly clean source of protein and they’ll hardly notice the difference.
Then, swap out the hard tortilla shells for some soft corn or whole wheat tortilla’s instead. They’ll likely enjoy these just as much and they are a much healthier addition to your diet plan.
When serving yours, skip the sour cream and cheese but load up on salsa and diced vegetables. Now you have a healthy meal that you both can enjoy.
Mix Fruit Into Main Dishes
Another way to make healthy eating more appealing to your kids is to consider mixing in some fruit to your main dishes. For instance, try some sliced apple when grilling up some pork or add some orange slices to fish as it bakes. These fruits tend to work very well with main protein sources and give the sweet taste that your kids will enjoy.
Plus, as you are only eating a small amount of the fruits, it will still be a perfectly clean and healthy addition to the menu for you.
Prepare A Healthy Dip
If getting vegetables in is a challenge, consider whipping up a dip. You can easily make a clean dip using half a cup of low sugar, low fat Greek yogurt along with a quarter cup of fat free sour cream or mayonnaise. Then add in some minced garlic, onion flakes, and whatever other herbs or spices you desire.
Serve this with your raw vegetables rather than doing cooked and you’ll likely find your kids dig in while you can hit your 5-10 a day.
This dip is not only something they’ll enjoy, but it’s something that you can feel good about putting into your body.
Prepare A Vegetable Based Tomato Sauce
Finally, the last thing that you might consider doing is blending up some vegetables into a tomato sauce you’re preparing. If they want pasta with tomato sauce, you can easily blend up some cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and peppers into that sauce and they’ll never know the difference.
Then serve this over some whole wheat pasta if your plan allows or consider some spaghetti squash instead if you want a lower carb version.
If you put a little creativity into it, you can definitely get your kids eating clean – and enjoying it as they do.