Sometimes it can seem like it's close to impossible to make kids eat healthy food. If it's your child's birthday party, you can just buy wholesale sweets and bulk confectionery that the whole gang can enjoy. But if it's an ordinary day, you're better off serving them healthy snacks that will be good for their nutrition.
There's a certain trick to making your kids eat healthy food---you get them to cook or prepare it themselves. It’s similar to how you'd do arts and crafts with your kids. The principle behind this is simple: if you involve your kids in the whole process, they'll be much more interested to try out something new.
Here are some fun and healthy snacks that your kids can make themselves---with your guidance, of course.
1. Very Hungry Caterpillar Sandwiches
Remember that popular children's book called Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle? If you and your kids loved that book, here's a fun way you can commemorate your affection for it: by preparing and cutting up sandwiches into bite-sized pieces and lining them up to look like the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This snack is also good to serve at parties!
2. 3-Ingredient Mini Muffins
This snack is easy to make, even for a small child, as it has just three ingredients - flour, sugar, and thickened cream. Guide your kid to mix the flour and sugar first and then to add the cream. Spoon little amounts into tins and then bake for around 20 minutes.
3. No-Bake Date and Coconut Balls
These no-bake balls are also simple to make with just two ingredients necessary---pitted dates and desiccated coconut. Blend the coconuts and the dates together and shape them into little balls, rolling them afterwards into the remaining coconut. Your kid can pack them into his lunch box and eat them after his playtime.
4. 2-Ingredient Muesli Bars
You and your kid can create your own muesli bars instead of buying them from the grocery store. With just two ingredients, they're fast and easy to make and so much more tastier than the store-bought ones. All you have to do is to combine three cups of muesli and a can of condensed milk and then bake it for around 25 minutes.
5. Banana Smoothie
Your child will need your help in mixing all six ingredients for this treat---skim milk, bananas, plain yoghurt, ground cinnamon, ice cubes, and honey. Quite a lot of ingredients, but the process itself of making this is simple enough: just place everything in a blender and turn on the switch.
5. 2-Ingredient Pancakes
Yes, it's possible to make your usual breakfast pancakes with just two ingredients: bananas and eggs. Mash three bananas together, whisking in the eggs as you go. Cook the pancakes on a non-stick pan over low heat until they're done. You will certainly appreciate making this treat in the morning, especially on days when you're pressed for time.
7. Veggie Pikelets
Making veggie pikelets is one way to ensure your kids get to eat their vegetables without having them make a great deal of fuss about it. Mix eggs, flour, finely chopped mixed veggies, and cheese in a bowl. Cook small amounts of the mixture in a pan, much like how you'd cook a pancake until they're golden on both sides. Don't forget to serve the pikelets with a bit of sour cream.
Kids absolutely love cookies and we have an amazing Almond, Coconut and Choc-Chip Cookie Recipe for you to try with your little ones. They're super tasty, healthy and so easy to make.
When you give your child the experience of making his own meals and snacks, you help him to develop a healthy relationship with food. At the same time, you'll also hone his sense of independence, even from a young age.