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10 Quick, Healthy and Delicious Superfood Recipes for Kids

Posted on Oct 07, 2016 by Guest Writer
 

10 Quick, Healthy and Delicious Superfood Recipes for Kids

 

Kids can be really picky, but it’ll be easy to get them to eat healthy with these delicious superfood recipes.

 

1.     Berry Smoothie


This recipe adapted from Taste bring in the berries, and the great part is you can swap raspberries for blueberries or pretty much any berry you’ve got laying around. Just blend these ingredients together and kids will slurp them up.

Ingredients

  • 150g chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 4 ice cubes

2.     Fruit kebabs

Slice fruits of your choice and skewer them on kabobs for snacks. Dips them in yogurt if you’d like.

3.     Fish Tacos

Fish are one of the healthiest sources of protein and are full of fatty acids great for your heart and your brain. Unfortunately, most kids don’t like fish, so sneak them into these yummy tacos adapted from Cooking Light.

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 8 corn tortillas (6-in.)
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 package mini sweet bell peppers (8 oz.), seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional sour cream
  • Cooking spray or oil
  • Lime juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sauté scallions and bell peppers and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until slightly brown. Set aside.
  2. Sprinkle tilapia with salt and pepper to taste then place in a pre-heated nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. For extra spice, add sliced jalapeño to the skillet while cooking and remove when serving.
  4. Warm tortillas then top each with fish and vegetables and coat with a dash of lime juice if desired.

4.     Not so plain parfait

Cut out additives and sugar by choosing plain yogurt, then dress it up at home by mixing in honey and layering with fresh fruits.

5.     Chia Seed Pudding

To get your picky one to eat seeds, sneak them in with this pudding recipe by Minimalist Baker.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-5 tbsp. honeyor maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except honey in a bowl. Once well combined, stir in sweetener.
  2. Cover and cool in fridge overnight.

6.     Kale Chips

Most kids reject leafy greens because their first experience with them tends to be steamy and mushy, and looks gross. Instead, try to foster a love for greens by introducing these snackable kale chips by Melissa d’Arabian into their diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 head kale, washed and dried
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F
  2. Remove kale stems and ribs. Cut into pieces slightly larger than an inch by one inch.
  3. Toss with olive oil and salt in a bowl then place on baking sheet.
  4. Back about 20 minutes or until crisp.

7.     Watermelon popsicles

Blend together a seeded watermelon, a dash of lime juice, and a few raspberries and strawberries then pour them into an ice mold and add sticks and voilà, you’ve got superfood popsicles.

8.     Coconut Nut Dessert Balls

Not a fan of PB&J? Get nuts into kids’ diets by substituting candy and sweets with these healthy coconut nut dessert balls by Running to the Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and another 1/4 cup for rolling (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 11/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. coconut butter

Instructions

  1. Pulse all nuts in a food processor to chop them.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process till smooth.
  3. Pour extra coconut flakes into separate bowl.
  4. Form nut mixture into balls then roll individually in coconut flakes.
  5. Serve or cool in refrigerator to add firmness.

9.     Orange Power Smoothie

Sneak in healthy foods to eat like carrots and squash with this power smoothie by Daily Colors Today– your kids will never know if you don’t tell them!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into slices
  • 1 cup frozen butternut squash cubes
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup juiced orange
  • 1 6 oz. container no fat vanilla yogurt

10.  Whole Grain Substitutions

Whole grains are healthy for the heart and pack a lot of fiber, just make sure to use them in all your recipes – whole grain noodles, bread, rice, the list is endless and it doesn’t take any effort to make the swap to whole grains. If you start young, your kids will think they’re the norm.

When it comes to family and parenting, it can be difficult to get picky kids to eat healthy, but if you dress the foods up right, they’ll eat healthy without even knowing it.

Author Bio:

Daisy Grace works as a content coordinator for Global Internet Magazine. She specializes in women’s health and also explores topics related to general health and beauty. Daisy loves studying the latest trends in cosmetics and skin care, but her experience extends further than that. She writes on all aspects of women’s health and beauty skin care and also various product reviews.

 

 

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