In my opinion, healthy eating starts as a child. If you are fed wholesome food, you will most likely enjoy those foods as an adult. If you grow up on fast food and processed snacks, it will be hard to kick the habit. As a parent, it is your responsibility to feed your child healthy foods, ones that will supply vitamins, minerals and be good for the whole family. But, what if your kid doesn't like healthy food? Here are a few alternatives to some of the most popular fare for children.
Instead of PIZZA, try... WHOLE GRAIN TORTILLA TOPPED WITH VEGGIES AND 2% CHEESE
Take a whole grain tortilla (or pita bread) and top it with tomato paste or a lower sodium tomato sauce, a few veggies and sprinkle with lower fat cheese. Pop in the oven at 400 degrees until cheese starts to melt. Cut into little squares and serve!
Instead of CHICKEN TENDERS, try... PANKO BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS
Trick your kids with this delightful trick. Take a package of chicken tenders and dip them in a mixture of egg whites, then dip in panko bread crumbs, coating evenly on both sides. Line them up on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (baking times may vary).
Instead of FRENCH FRIES, try... SWEET POTATO FRIES
The easiest way is to buy these frozen, so you save time. However, if you want to make them yourself, peel and cut sweet potatoes to size, put in a bowl, sprinkle with a few spices, olive oil, pop on a lid and shake until evenly coated. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, spread on a cookie sheet coated with aluminum foil or parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.
Instead of GOLDFISH CRACKERS, try... SOY CRISPS
Though they still come in a package, these little crisps are a healthier alternative to goldfish crackers. They come in little rounds and are easily breakable if you need them in smaller pieces. They come in an assortment of flavors, are made with natural ingredients and pack 7 grams of protein per serving.
Start thinking of healthy alternatives for your children. If you serve healthier foods in a pleasing way or make it look like their fast food favorites, they might be more apt to try these foods and actually enjoy them.