Healthy Meals for Picky Children

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If your child is a picky eater, it does not mean that you have to continually feed his desire for junk food. Instead of giving into your child’s requests for chips, french fries and cookies, give him some healthy meal options that are sure to please his finicky appetite.


English Muffin Pizza

Most picky eaters won’t turn up their nose at a cheesy, delicious pizza. Give your child a nutritious pizza option by creating an English muffin pizza for him to enjoy. To create this simple treat, slather tomato sauce onto an English muffin. Sprinkle reduced fat cheese over the top, and add your child’s favorite toppings, perhaps even sneaking in some veggies for good measure. Bake your creation at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for five to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Allow it to cool before giving it to your child, as it will be quite hot.

To make this food option even more tempting, create a pizza bar, and allow your child to make his own pizza creation, encouraging him to be brave and try some uncommon veggie and fruit creations.

Veggie Spaghetti

Make your child’s standard spaghetti a bit more nutritionally sound by sneaking in some vegetables. To prepare this dish, cook spaghetti noodles according to the package’s directions. Pour your favorite pasta sauce into a sauce pan. Grate zucchini finely into the sauce pan, stirring it in. Cook this sauce and zucchini mixture until hot. Pour this veggie-infused creation over your pasta to finish the meal.

To increase the likelihood that your child doesn’t catch on to your addition, add only a small amount of zucchini at first. Continually increase the amount that you add each time you prepare the recipe.

Chicken Slider Bar

Trade your child’s weekly burger for a tasty and nutritious chicken slider. To create this treat, pound boneless skinless chicken breasts to approximately ½-inch thick. Cut these breasts into squares that are approximately 3-by-3 inches. Cook your chicken patties in a skillet until browned on both sides and cooked through. Place these filets on pre-made slider buns, or cut large buns into quarters to create your own slider buns. Place these protein-packed treats in the center of the table along with an assortment of toppings. Include reduced-fat cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and an assortment of sauces.

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