Trying new foods is a learned skill, and since so many kids go through phases where they’ll fight trying new foods, helping them to eat nutritiously can be a challenge. This month, we’ve put together a few recipes that your kids will recognize and love, with a nutritious twist. By using whole grains, choosing lower fat meat and dairy products, and including a splash of colorful vegetables, you can serve your kids their favorite foods with confidence that they’re getting better nutrition.
Let the kids make dinner tonight. They can paint a rainbow with vegetables onto this pesto-sauced, whole-grain pizza. Let them get creative with the chopped vegetables to create their own nutritious pictures. (2 Guiding Stars)
Made from lean meat with whole grain bread crumbs, this classic meatloaf is topped with a classic ketchup sauce. Serve with a generous side of steamed vegetables, and if you include a grain, make sure it’s a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice. (2 Guiding Stars)
Every kid’s favorite and every parent’s challenge, macaroni cheese is often a battleground for good nutrition. This lightly cheesy recipe uses whole wheat macaroni for a tasty compromise that pairs well with their favorite veggies. (1 Guiding Star)
Soft, chewy and sweet, granola bars are a handy breakfast or snack for busy families. Whether you’re packing a lunchbox with food to get your child through the day or getting a meal into them before you head out the door, these bars are a great go-to item. (1 Guiding Star)
Hummus is a high-protein, nutrient-rich dipping option for cut vegetables. This recipe uses some neat techniques to produce an impressively smooth dish your kids will go nuts for. (2 Guiding Stars)
Chocolate hazelnut butters are increasingly popular, but most commercial varieties are packed with sugar and hydrogenated oils. This homemade version uses fruit as a sweetener and heart-healthy oils. Serve it with fresh fruit for a complete, filling snack or dessert. (3 Guiding Stars)
Mildly spicy Mexican food can feel like a reason for celebration. Why not throw your own fiesta? Let the kids do the decorating and this excellent casserole is suddenly not just dinner, but an event. (1 Guiding Star)