Friday, January 6, 2012

Picky Little Eaters - Kid Friendly Healthy Snacks

So... show of hands, who's got at least one picky eater at home? ME! ME!! ME!!! My 8 year old is one of the pickiest eaters I know. He FINALLY (after a bit of force) will "try" things, but complains about it the whole time. Not to mention, he immediately tries to negotiate how many bites he has to eat of his not so favorite vegetables. He also REFUSES to eat anything pureed, mashed, in chili form, or mixed together (casserole, etc).So in many ways getting him to eat a healthier snack is sort of a struggle in my house. Milk and cookies may be a classic, but these innovative after school snacks will put a new spin on snack time, plus open your picky eaters taste buds to new things that just might surprise them!

Chicken Kabobs with Peanut Sauce
Chicken kabobs make for an easy, healthy snack or meal, and food on skewers is fun! Kids will love the yummy peanut sauce, unless of course they have an allergy... then maybe a barbeque style sauce will be a good alternative. (Click title above for recipe.)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These soft, yummy sweet potato fries are healthier than regular french fries (and taste great dipped in ketchup). Dylan absolutely LOVES these and I hope your picky ester will as well. (Click title above for recipe.)

Orange Cranberry Muffins
These fruity muffins are packed with kid-friendly fruits and fruit juice and make a yummy, healthy breakfast or snack. Honestly, I love these and usually make mine in a mini muffin pan for one bite snack. (Click title above for recipe.)

Parmesan Cheese Straws
An easy, cheesy breadstick recipe that kids will love. (Click title above for recipe.)

Healthy Whoopie Pies
These whoopie pies are delicious and healthier than most desserts—they're made with vitamin-rich beets! (Click title above for recipe.)

Zucchini Muffins Recipe
Kids won't notice the vegetables in these yummy zucchini muffins. They can have fun helping you make them, too! (Click title above for recipe.)

Best Blueberry Muffins
This blueberry muffins recipe will be a hit with the whole family. (Click title above for recipe.)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jessica!

    Great post! Sometimes it can be extremely challenging to get kids to enjoy nutritious food, but all of your kid-friendly recipes look absolutely delicious – and healthy! Another great way to get kids interested in and passionate about food is to get them involved in the cooking process!

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