If you’re trying to lose weight, you should know that reaching your goals is going to be a lot easier if you get the whole family on-board and participating along with you. Really, this is a good thing since everyone can stand to eat and be healthier, even and especially kids. If you’re looking for some great, healthy foods, you can enjoy right along with your youngsters, look no further- we’ve got you covered.
Kid-Friendly Health Food #1: Veggies with Dip
Think your kids won’t touch vegetables? You might be surprised. If you serve up carrot sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, and other raw veggies with the right dip, they’ll more than likely gobble it up. Steer clear of bottled Ranch or other high-calorie dressings that often tend to be loaded with sugar and opt instead for hummus, mustard, a healthy homemade dressing, or even just a simple cup of lemon juice. Kids will enjoy trying the different dips while getting in a serving (or maybe even two!) of veggies.
Kid-Friendly Health Food #2: A Sprinkle of Flaxseed
Kids don’t necessarily have to KNOW they’re eating healthy. You can probably get away with sprinkling a spoonful or two of flaxseed on their (and your!) food without them noticing. This plant food has lots of good fatty acids which aid in brain development and can help those who eat it to feel fuller longer. We won’t tell if you won’t!
Kid-Friendly Health Food #3: Eggs
While you might have to try a bunch of different cooking methods to find an “edible egg” dish for your little one, most kids will gobble up eggs readily once they’ve discovered how they like them cooked. Turn trying different egg styles into a fun and healthy game, and your kids should have a ball. In the meantime, they’ll be packing in Vitamin D and plenty of protein, which is good for their health and yours.
Kid-Friendly Heath Food #4: Blended Veggies
If your kids didn’t fall for the old “dip trick” and still refuse to eat their vegetables, we’ve got a sneaky little trick you can try. Many parents, desperate to get their kids eating vegetables, will blend up some of the most necessary and then mix the blend into things like pasta sauce or other creamy dishes. Your kids will never know the difference, but their growing bodies certainly will!
Kid-Friendly Health Food #5: Oatmeal
Finally, why not whip up a steaming bowl of oatmeal for your little one? Studies say it helps kids concentrate better and be more focused and alert throughout the day. Plus, it’s got lots of fiber. And, since your kids are growing and expending energy quickly, a pat of butter or a dash of cinnamon or peanut butter for flavor really won’t hurt; the same can’t be said for you (at least on the butter part) however, but you can still enjoy this morning-time treat with your family.
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