Everyone needs to eat multiple servings of fruits and vegetables every day, kids included. Unfortunately, a lot of fresh produce isn’t on kids’ top favorite foods list. These tips and tricks not only list some kid-friendly fruits and veggies they tend to prefer, but give you options for encouraging them to eat more of them.
It’s always hard to make sure that your child is eating healthy away from home. There is peer pressure when it comes to unhealthy food options. So to make sure your child is getting the right balance of foods, be sure to pack some kid-friendly fruits and veggies to encourage healthy eating.
Also, one of the best things you can do as a parent is to model healthy eating habits. Instead of reaching for the potato chips, show your child that healthy eating isn’t difficult. With a little bit of planning, and a few minutes of prep time, you will ensure that your child has those kid-friendly fruits and veggies in school and at home.
In the world of “grab-n-go” snacks, kids are encouraged to eat less than healthy. Food items that are marketed as lunch-box foods are often full of very unhealthy ingredients. So amp up your child’s lunch by including these kid-friendly fruits and veggies. You will instill lifelong healthy eating habits at the same time.
Kid-Friendly Fruits and Veggies for School Lunches:
Veggies With Dip
Just about any vegetable that can be served with dip like ranch or hummus is probably a favorite among most children. This might be a mix of cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, garden vegetables like cucumber, or even mini bell peppers with ranch dip.
A healthier ranch dip can be easily made. Just get a light pack of ranch dip mix, combine with plain greek yogurt, and add a dash of no-fat sour cream. Great taste with less calories!
If you don’t want to serve ranch, which is sometimes high in fat or calories, you can serve it with hummus dip as a healthy substitute. There are many different types of hummus, so mixing it up each day makes the veggies even more enticing.
Broccoli and Cheese
A vegetable combination that many kids enjoy is broccoli and cheese. While it might seem like melted cheese would not be a good option for kids, it can actually be healthy, especially when it is a small amount of cheese compared to a big handful of broccoli.
Another option is to have some broccoli and lightly dust it with parmesan cheese. Tasty and healthy.
Sneaking Veggies in Your Kids’ Lunches
If you have picky eaters, they probably have no interest in eating their vegetables, no matter what type of dip or cheese you have with it. This is when you need to be a little sneakier about it.
One way is to put pasta in their lunch, and sneak veggies in the sauce. When you have small pieces of vegetables in pasta sauce, it is rarely noticed since it softens up when heating up your sauce. You can put a good amount of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and even carrots or celery into sauce without your kids noticing too much.
Fruit in Granola or Snack Mixes
There are some snack mixes that can be made more nutritious with fruit, which is a good way to get picky eaters to eat more fruit. For example, if your kids like granola or trail mix, you can easily mix in some dried fruit like dried apricots or cranberries. Putting in pieces of apple or banana chips is another good option.
The dried fruit is also a great option for those in the classroom that suffer from nut-allergies. They can enjoy a healthy snack while not putting other kids at risk of nut-allergies. If you can, make your own trail mix to ensure there is no nuts in it.
So there you have it. Some simple ways to add kid-friendly fruits and veggies with your child’s school lunch. They will see that they don’t have to eat junk food just to have a good taste.