Fun Healthy Foods for Kids

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You want your kids to eat healthy foods, but sometimes it seems that good old fruits and vegetables cannot compete against brightly colored, overly sweet candy and other treats. Teach your children to eat healthy foods by turning simple vegetables into fun-looking treats or by preparing homemade, healthier versions of their favorite dishes.

You want your kids to eat healthy foods, but sometimes it seems that good old fruits and vegetables cannot compete against brightly colored, overly sweet candy and other treats. Teach your children to eat healthy foods by turning simple vegetables into fun-looking treats or by preparing homemade, healthier versions of their favorite dishes.

Fun Vegetables

Convince your kids to eat their vegetables by cutting them into fun shapes. Turn a plain old cucumber into a race car by sticking a toothpick through each end and threading sliced carrot wheels onto the toothpick. Scoop out a portion of the center for a seat and place a grape in the seat as the driver. Cover celery sticks with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter. Sprinkle raisins on the cream cheese to make ants on a log.

Healthy Chicken Fingers

Don’t serve your child chicken fingers from the fast food place or the ones that already come breaded and frozen. Instead, make your own chicken fingers by coating thin strips of chicken in whole grain bread crumbs. Bake the fingers instead of frying to cut down on the amount of fat.

Popcorn

Popcorn is a fun snack and a great alternative to potato chips, which are high in fat, or cheese puffs, which contain a lot of artificial ingredients. Invest in an air popper to make popcorn at home with the added fat or artificial ingredients. The kids will enjoy watching the kernels as they swirl around in the popper, then magically transform into popcorn. Top the popcorn with a tiny bit of salt or add a bit of butter or olive oil, at your discretion.

Dips

Serve a low-fat ranch dressing or French onion dip to your kids when you serve them chopped, raw vegetables. The flavor of the dip and the action of dipping may be enough to convince them to eat the veggies. If your children have more sophisticated tastes, you can try serving them hummus, along with vegetables and whole wheat pitas or crackers.

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