Most parents are tired of tricking their kids into eating healthy. Promising them rewards or gifts after finishing their greens doesn’t seem to work anymore. Children need proper supplements for their fragile body to stay healthy and avoid unwanted diseases.
Adding healthy food into their daily diet fulfills their nutritional needs, however it would take lots of bribing and deceiving just for them to eat healthy. Here are a bunch of healthy recipes disguised as yummy snacks for your youngsters.
Tricking your child that they’re drinking a simple fruit shake is the best way to sneak in the greens. Just blend some banana, another fruit choice and finally, add some kale or spinach, it wouldn’t be noticeable because your kids won’t even taste the spinach!
MACARONI, CHEESE… AND SQUASH?!
With this recipe, you’ll be able to trick the whole family into eating healthy, not just your kids! Start by cooking a normal mac and cheese recipe, however, use olive oil instead of butter (olive oil has less saturated fat than butter).
In the sauce, combine squash puree (about 4 cups on 1-inch squash cubes) and milk. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, shallot, and low- sodium chicken stock. When the squash becomes tender, add ¼ cup of cheese (your choice), finish it off with a chop of parsley.
BAKED BROCCOLI TOTS
Broccoli tots are basically just healthy version of fries. First off, boil 2 cups of broccoli in a pot with salt for about a minute (until it becomes tender). After that, drain it and wash with cold water then chop into vertical pieces. In a bowl, mix the following ingredients: an egg, salt and pepper, onion, parsley, breadcrumbs (optional), and cheese of your choice.
Put the sliced broccoli in the egg mixture and mix it until everything is coated. Put it in a baking tray and bake it around 18 minutes (until it’s golden) for 400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 200 degrees Celsius). Serve them with your kids’ favorite sauce. (When they ask why it’s green, just say you made monster fries!)
SWEET POTATO COOKIES
A normal cookie is packed with refined sugar, saturated fat and tons of calories which is overall terrible for our health. This recipe is originally made for babies but I’m sure the older kids won’t back out for this one! The ingredients you need to use for this recipe are: ½ cup of mashed sweet potato (cooled), 1 cup of quick oats, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 egg, 2 stable spoon of olive oil, and 2 table spoon of honey or maple syrup.
Place the oats, olive oil, baking powder, and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Stir to combine. After that, stir in the egg, sweet potato, olive oil, and honey. Once you have your cookie batter, use your clean hands to mold about a tablespoon- portion size cookie balls into a baking tray.
Flatten them. In a 375 degrees Fahrenheit pre-heated oven, bake the cookies for about 16-18 minutes (until it’s edges are golden brown). Once they’re cooled, you can top them off with your kids favorite yogurt.