In addition to family friendly clothing, we wanted to focus our conversation this month on the importance of diet and healthy eating. We see such a difference in our kids behaviour when eating nutritious food; time to get ready for the fall and a good healthy eating regime, so here you go! ( Hey, keep the watermelon and berries though! )
10 Of The Best Superfoods For Those Picky Eaters + An Easy And Delicious Recipe!
Back to school season is here and whether you're a working mom or stay-at-home, this can be a stressful time trying to figure out what the kiddos can take to lunch that's not only healthy, but also that they'll actually eat.
So to help you fellow moms out there, here is a list best superfoods that those picky eaters will actually eat!
Now hold the applause, because after that I have one of my go to favorite recipes that is not only healthy and delicious, but my special needs little one absolutely loves it.
Now this one is obvious. Avocados are not only high in fat, but your average avocado has 2.9 grams of protein. Not to mention it is popular among the kiddos and I can add it to just about anything and they'll eat it. But if your kiddo is super picky (like mine), then spread some mashed avocado on one side of bread, add some cheese, then put in the frying pan and you have a child's all time favorite grilled cheese! Or simply mash it, add a pinch of sea salt and pinch of garlic and spread it on a toasted whole grain english muffin or toast. OR even simply cube it and let the little one eat it on their own.
Berries are a perfect food for the kiddos as they are not only super rich in antioxidants, but also great at preventing diseases, such as diabetes. But if your child is anything like my little one and refuses to actually eat berries, try: 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries and blueberries, vanilla greek yogurt, little handful of washed spinach, ice cubes and almond milk, blend, and you have a delicious and plentiful treat!
3.) Oatmeal is a great option for the mornings. Not only are they rich in fiber, energizing, and will keep those stomachs from grumbling until lunch, but you can also make it really fun by adding berries, some honey, or even some peanut butter to add some extra protein and fats.
4.)Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Yogurt is a great option because not only is it extremely easy to get them to eat it but it contains calcium, carbohydrates, protein, zinc, and vitamin B. Its also really easy to pack up in the lunch box or a yummy treat after school. You can also add some homemade berry puree plus a bit of honey for a treat!
This is my all time favorite for the kiddos. It is high in fat and 1 cup of hummus has 11.96 grams of protein. It is great to spread on bread (or also hide in grilled cheese..), or pack a side of veggies with it and the have a great and nutritious dip.
6.)Beans or Lentils
They are extremely high in protein and very easy to add to just about any meal. If they don't like them on their own, adding it to quesadillas is a great option that the kiddos will love.
Chickpeas are a fun and delicious snack right on their own. Replace those overly salted potato chips with some roasted chickpeas which make them crunchy and a kid favorite.
8.) Spinach and Kale
Also known as the natural child repellent, Spinach and Kale are a great superfood that our growing children need to keep those immune systems going strong. Now believe it or not, it is extremely easy to sneak these leafy greens into some of our kiddos favorite foods. Whether that's putting a handful into your berry packed smoothie, or adding it to the very common grilled cheese, (I like using that a lot), we can get them the nutrients they need.
This is a great option for the lunch box. Not only does salmon have omega-3 fatty acids, but it also has vitamin D and B12. You can make a delicious salmon salad, or best served as a dinner option baked with lemon and olive oil and pinch of sea salt
10.) Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes is a fan favorite in my household and a great thing to pack in that lunch box. You can make some delicious sweet potato fries, or mash them up and make mashed sweet potato cakes.
These are just some of the great options to give your kids growing bodies all the nutrients they need to go about their day.
Here is an amazing smoothie recipe which is a huge hit for breakfast OR snack, loaded with hidden nutrients!
Lav and Kush's favorite Chocolate "Gorilla" smoothie :- 1/2 frozen banana ( or room temperature banana fine)- 1/4 C. frozen blueberries- small handful of washed spinach- tablespoon of peanut or almond butter ( we love Costco's' mixed nut butter!)- 1.5 cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk- 4 unpitted dates ( good source of magnesium and natural sugar)- 4 or 5 ice cubesBlend VERY well and serve! Tastes like a chocolate milkshake!
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