There has never been so much choice available when it comes to meals for kids, but while many of us opt for quick meals and convenience foods, it is wise to check the nutritional value of what we are feeding our kids.
Meal ideas for kids that offer healthy dishes and quick food ideas are not difficult to find online and nor are they too much of a challenge once you get yourself into the kitchen. For young children, being offered the chance to help to make lunch or dinner will be exciting and whatever they help you make, they are then more liable to enjoy eating. Healthy dinners and kids healthy eating need not be a chore or be bland.
If you are stuck for time, nip into the supermarket and buy a bad of pre-packed vegetables.
Boil them, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, purée and add in some tasty cheddar cheese and add to some pasta. Throw in some crusty garlic bread and a glass of milk to drink offer nutritional food for your children and that takes little time at all.
Soup and stews
Soup and stews
Soups and casseroles and stews are ideal ways of packing vegetables and pulses into family food that makes for healthy meals for everyone without it being a drag. Too often, kids' lunch boxes that are available to buy in the supermarket are full of pre-processed, salty, fatty foods that, when it comes to childhood nutrition, are of little use. Do your own packed lunch boxes and let your imagination go wild.
Bagels and peanut butter are a winner, even for a toddler diet.
Similarly, sandwiches cut into funny shapes with cheese, fresh ham, tuna or even jam will appeal. Carve a message with a sharp knife onto a banana and sneak it into your child's lunch box for a nice surprise.
Chopped kiwi fruit, apple, oranges, bananas and grapes are all readily available and easy to digest. Healthy lunches mean healthy children and tips for healthy eating can easily be passed onto your children through what you are giving them to eat. Lead by example and eat a varied, healthy diet yourself as your children are then far more inclined to follow your lead. Final word
However, a little treat will do no-one any harm providing that healthy menus dominate your kitchen for the bulk of the week.