Kids Healthy Recipes

Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids

Healthy habits for kids are of utmost importance, the earlier you can implement our healthy snack recipes for kids and begin to change the food habits in your family’s eating habits, the better. Here we will discuss some great recipes for kids along side of how kids have different dietary needs from different periods in their lives. These pointers will help guide you through some of the milestones.

Please see the end of this article for some healthy snack recipes for kids.

Healthy Habits for Kids – Preschool to Preteen

From preschool age as well as in to the early adolescent years, parents still have plenty of influence over exactly what their own children eat. Building a positive lifestyle at home is especially important in forming healthy habits for kids since kids will progressively make choices of their own away from home and with friends.

• Make calories count. This may sound like adult dieting advice, but just what this actually implies is, try to ensure each bite your child consumes is as nutrition loaded as it can be. Permitting them to fill up on non-nutritive calories (such as excessive fruit juice for instance) could displace the nutritious foods they might have otherwise eaten.

• Choose whole grains along with whole grain items (breads, pastas, brown rice, oats) rather than processed grain items.

• Limit access to “junk” food items, but offer a few alternative sweet options. Making all sweets forbidden may only intensify a kid’s attraction to them.

• Model good nutrition choices. If you decide on fries rather than baked potato, you simply cannot be expecting them to do the opposite. Your children imitate you all the time.

• Fill nutrition gaps using snacks. What your child eats in between meals can be just as vital as what is eaten during meals. Decide to put as much imagination into offering wholesome options.

• Discourage the habit of eating and watching TV simultaneously. When anyone eats while watching TV they simply lose track of how much they have eaten and this has been liked to obesity. You could decide to reduce television also at other time, which has been linked with childhood along with adolescent weight problems. Invest in a trampoline and your kids will have loads of entertainment, not to mention fun exercise every day.

• For older kids and adolescents worried about how much they weigh, teach them the fact that physical exercise (rather than dieting) will be the most effective path to losing weight. Not only teach, but be the example of a leading a balanced life with eating good food, daily exercise and do life together without the processed foods. Everyone will feel better for it.

• Make as many Home-made snacks (use our healthy snack recipes for kids for ideas) ie. biscuits, scones and cookies as possible. At least you know what goes into them. By Home-made I mean making them by scratch, no package mixes! There are many simple recipes out there and I will even add one that my kids love (see below). Have fun and even get the kids involved in helping to cook.

Healthy Habits for Kids – Teens

Now that they are making many of their own food choices, teens must be educated concerning the part nutrition plays in leading happy, productive lifestyles. When explaining the advantages of eating well in ways which matter to teens, like improved functioning in school and also sporting activities for instance, this can motivate them to eat well.

• Teens require more vitamin C, calcium and iron than adults. Dietary studies indicate deficiencies in teenage girls.

• Calcium, most effective when obtained together with magnesium and vitamin D, are crucial regarding bone support. Getting these now will assist in protecting bones later.

• For healthy skin, teens require plenty of nutrients, water, fibre and essential fats – and much less sugar and highly refined foodstuff and beverages.

• Teens who eat on the run, are active in sports, or even are worried about weight, might think about a good health supplement to help fill the gaps inside their nutrient intake.

• The teenage years can be very stressful, which can affect all sorts of things from skin, to making decisions, to eating habits. Guide your child on how to master the coping skills with regard to emotional tension.

Kids healthy recipes are sometimes not easy to find and getting fresh ideas can sometimes be a little like being stuck in the mud. Well I would love to share some of our family favourites with you that your whole family will enjoy.

Even though some may seem like they have a little sugar, I really don’t mind as once it is shared over several serves it really is ok. Besides I would much rather bake the foods myself and know what exactly what goes into them than just second guess (like it seems sometimes) from store brought pre-made foods ie. biscuits.

Your kids will even love to help making these kids healthy recipes are they are not only healthy but easy too. ENJOY…

Kids Brkids healthy recipeseakfast #1

Pancakes

  • 1.5 cups self-raising flour
  • .5 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 30 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Your favourite topping ie. honey, maple and golden syrup (with cream), strawberry jam, lemon juice and sugar.

Place the flour and sugar in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Place the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla in the well and stir until smooth. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 mins. Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over a low-med heat, spray with cooking spray or use a little butter and melt (so the pancakes don’t stick). Pour in about .25 cups of the mixture and cook until bubbles appear on the surface (2-3 mins), flip and cook for a further 1-2 mins or until light golden. Repeat until all the mixture is used. Makes approx 12.

Kids Healthy Recipe #2

Orange Loaf

  • 120g butter
  • 120g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • Juice of 2 large oranges

In a bowl mix the butter and sugar until you have a creamy mixture. Beat in the eggs and stir in the flour with half of the orange juice. Put into a greased loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes (or until skewer comes out uncoated) at 180 oC. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Turn out onto a plate and pour the remaining orange juice over the top.

Kids Healthy Recipes #3

Apple and Banana Crumble

  • 2 apples, peeled and cored, but into eights
  • 150ml water
  • 2 bananas, cut into 1-cm rounds
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g butter
  • 60g sugar

Lay the apples in a shallow ovenproof dish, cover with the water and bake in a preheated oven at 180oC for 15 minutes (or until the apples have lost their firmness and are soft to touch). Mix the bananas in once the apples are cooked.

Whilst the apples are baking, crumble the flour and butter together with the tips of your fingers until you have a breadcrumb mix. Add the sugar, mix thoroughly and crumble over the top of the apple and banana mix. Put back in the oven for a further 30 minutes, until the top is a light golden colour.

Kids healthy recipes don’t have to be complicated. In general I won’t touch recipes if they have too many processes, but this kids healthy recipe is easy enough for the kids to do, which just made your job easier. You have to love that!!!

Kids Healthy Recipes #4kids healthy recipes

Blueberry Muffins

  • 100g  (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (4 oz) butter
  • 300g (12 oz) flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 140ml (5 fl oz) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g (6 oz) blueberries

Preheat oven to 160 *C, 300 *F. Whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy. Still whisking, add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and milk. Fold in the flour and teaspoon of baking powder to make thick batter. Add the blueberries. Spoon the mixture into 12 paper muffin cases in a muffin tray. Bake for 30 mins.

Kids Healthy Recipes #5

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 10g butter
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated cheddar
  • 4 slices bread

Use a fork to whisk the eggs and milk together. Season with salt and pepper.  Melt the butter in a small nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat. Once foaming, pour in the eggs. Use a wooden spoon to stir occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until almost set. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese.

Serve with toast.

Serves 2.

 

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