Something that all parents are concerned about is their children’s health and well-being. And one of the best ways that kids can stay in peak physician condition is by having a well-balanced diet that consists of all of the vitamins and nutrients that their body needs. There are many reports to support the fact that your child is far less likely to get all that their bodies require in a fast food drive-thru; that it is so much healthier for them if you cook their meals on a daily basis. However, we can totally understand why you might be wondering how you can find the balance between giving them foods that are good for them and finding creative ways for them to eat the dishes that you make.
That’s why we wanted to give you a list of five things to consider when searching for recipes that your kids will love. Check these out below:
Look for dishes that are tasty. Say that you want to serve a big salad and some baked chicken for dinner. Even if your children aren’t big vegetable fans, usually it’s because they find the taste of them to be a bit bland. So make sure that whatever it is that you serve that it is well-seasoned. The more flavorful dishes are, the more apt your kids will be to eat them (or at least give them a try).
Look for dishes that are fun to eat. Although you might enjoy elaborate casseroles that took several hours to prepare, kids tend to be a lot less complex than that. Homemade hamburgers with baked French fries or homemade pizza is something that they will be far more excited about. Children like having a good time, so look for the kinds of dishes that they feel are going to be fun to eat.
Look for dishes that they can make with you. It’s pretty common for children to ask their parents if they can help in the kitchen. So as you’re looking for recipes, also consider ones that they can help you to prepare. That way, they will be so proud of their contribution that they’ll want to eat the food that they made no matter what.
Look for dishes that are alternatives to junk food. Who said that eating healthy had to be a chore? There are all kinds of alternatives to junk food that you can make. Some of them include vegetarian nachos, baked onion rings and instead of soda, try mixing mineral water with fruit juice. They will still be able to enjoy the carbonated effect with a lot less calories and sugar. (RecipeChart.com can provide you some other healthy recipe ideas too.)
Look for dishes that are quick. No matter how great the meal is, your children are not going to want to wait hours (and hours) for it. So whatever it is that you decide to cook, look for recipes that will take less than an hour to make. That way, your kids can be ready to eat after watching a 30 minutes of one of their favorite shows!