Even kids who are the pickiest eaters will sometimes dig into a fluffy mound of scrambled eggs, especially if they get to help make them.
And while your kids are enjoying a few scrambled eggs at breakfast, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that they're getting a good start on all the protein they need for the day.
Keeping your kids both happy and healthy means having lots of choices that they can choose from, while avoiding sugar substitutes. In addition, you'll want to look at the nutrition facts labels to find how much sugar each of those products contains per serving. To determine if those are natural or added sugars, you'll need to examine the list of ingredients and look for -- in addition to sugar -- corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, honey or molasses.
Make your child's night by serving pizza for dinner. Keep the meal healthy by skipping takeout or delivery and preparing the pizza at home. When you make your own pizza, you can control how many toppings you put on, how much cheese the pizza has and what's in the dough. Children can enjoy stretching the dough out and slathering on the sauce.
Navigating the cereal aisle with your child can be tricky. Many cereal boxes feature colorful cartoon characters that beg for your child's attention. Meanwhile, the cereal inside the box isn't usually not something you want your child eating first thing in the morning, if at all. Some cereals targeted at children have more sugar than a donut, according to "Consumer Reports." Fortunately, hidden among the sugar-filled cereals are a few designed for children that are also nutritious. Look for cereals that are low in sugar and sodium and high in fiber.
Combat your child's picky eating habits by having her help you prepare a few dishes or even meals. Children who help prepare food are more likely to eat it, even if it's something new or unfamiliar. You can further encourage your child to eat a wider variety of food by setting a good example and eating the foods yourself.
Good nutrition is essential for your child's growth, but when you have an active child, it can be difficult to get him to settle down and eat a healthy meal. Nutrition bars can provide a healthy alternative when you are on the go. Adult bars, however, contain ingredients with adult nutrition in mind. Instead, look for kid-friendly bars that have good taste and good nutrition.
You want your children to eat more vegetables and whole grains for dinner. They probably want to eat more breaded, fried or cheesy dishes. Instead of arguing over meals, learn to compromise by putting a healthy spin on favorite dinners. Skip the fryer and mystery meat and serve your children baked breaded chicken breasts. Spruce up plain pizza by trading in the white crust for whole wheat, easing up on the cheese and adding some well-liked vegetables.
Smoothies appeal to even the pickiest of palates, so if you're having trouble getting your child to eat high-protein foods, consider supplementing with a protein smoothie. From fruity tastes to creamy shakes, a protein smoothie packs nutrition in an easily portable cup. Experiment with adding protein powder, tofu, yogurt and other high-protein items in your smoothies.
Some children will eat anything that you put in front of them, but most preschoolers are finicky eaters. Nonetheless, you don't want your child to live on peanut butter sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. Serve foods that are kid-friendly and healthy. Make every bit count by squeezing vegetables in, even when they aren't usually there.
It's an hour before dinner and your toddler is whimpering that she's hungry. You want to give her something nutritious and light to hold her over without spoiling her dinner. Prepare something quick and simple using fresh fruit or vegetables or, if you like to plan in advance, have some healthy cookies or other baked goods on hand to give as a snack.