Tips and Tricks for Making Healthy Eating Fun for Kids

It is not always easy to get kids to eat healthy foods. The key to success is making the foods fun to eat. There are tips and tricks you can use to make healthy eating fun for kids.
Let’s start with vegetables. Most kids do not like vegetables and if they do, they only like one or two of them. Let’s look at some fun ideas to turn a vegetable into a fun snack or part of a meal.

Vegetables

  • Creative idea – Fill the center of the celery with peanut butter (extra protein) then place a few raisins or nuts on top of the peanut butter. You no longer have just a piece of celery; you have a new creation that you can call “ants on a log.” This trick has been used for years and more importantly, it works even on the pickiest of little eaters.
  • Dip those veggies – Try offering your child a selection of dips, unless they have a favorite already, you can even use peanut butter. Make them a colorful plate of vegetables, set the dip in the center of the plate, and let them dip the vegetables. If they do not like dip then make peanut butter sandwiches out of cucumber slices, green and red peppers, or any other vegetable that you can place a thin line of peanut butter on. You can also try using a small amount of jelly to add more flavors to the vegetables.
  • If all else fails, then you will have to trick them. A great way to do that is with mashed potatoes. You can use carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, summer or winter squash, just about any vegetable you can puree. Mix the vegetable in with the potatoes and depending on the color of the vegetable, which is what the color of your potatoes will come out as. Give each color potato a fun name. For example, if the potatoes are green, you can call them grass potatoes. Alternatively, if your child has a favorite character that is red, and then call them by that character’s name. For example, if your child likes Sponge Bob then make yellow potatoes and call them Sponge Bob Potatoes.

Fruits

  • Most children like fruits because they are sweet. However, if your child does not like fruit, you can try dipping them with peanut butter and/or jelly. Or give the apple slice or pear slice a face using a tiny amount of chocolate syrup and a few (3 or 4) sprinkles.
  • If your child refuses to eat it, then hide the fruit in a milkshake or a smoothie. You can also hide a lot of fruits inside pancakes. Just puree a small amount and mix it in the batter.
  • There are a lot of foods the children do not like and if all else fails, hide the food in one of their favorite foods. If your kids love spaghetti, hide the food they do not like in the sauce. Make a soup with lots of fun shaped noodles cut the vegetables or meat up into microscopic pieces and stick them in there.
  • Remember to keep SOME fruits in a small refrigerator without a freezer to keep fresh for the kids!

Tammy Mahan has been writing medical and health related articles for over 15 years. Healthline.com allows her share information with others.

Finger Food Monday?! – Thanksgiving Edition

Although we usually call this segment of our blog “Finger Food Friday,” the Go Go Mongo Team has been busy traveling and planning for this years big day :)

As you gear up for the most beloved FOOD holiday of the year – Thanksgiving!  This year, when you’re busy whipping up a yummy feast, let your kids feel like they are involved with the planning too.  Imagine how nice some of these would look on the dessert table :)

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with delicious FOOD and beloved family and friends :)

Tommy the Turkey – http://www.meetthedubiens.com

 

Turkey Fruit Snack by Mom Endeavors

 

Family Fun – Fruit Kabobs

 

Family Fun – Gobble Me Up

Finger Food Fridays – Caterpillars

Are you ready for the weekend!  I know Mongo is!  Kids love it when you read to them.  Mongo reccommends one of his favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.  Just like Mongo, the very hungry caterpillar is always hungry.  He loves eating FRUITS and when the caterpillar eats sweets, he gets sick, just like Mongo!  Finally, the little caterpillar eats leaves (VEGETABLES for insects), he feels better again.  What are you waiting for?  Round up the kids, read them the story and let’s do a fun activity together!

Making caterpillars with your food is the easiest thing.  You can make them with fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese, or even pancakes!  You can use anything you already have in your kitchen.  This activity will teach your child about different shapes, colors, and how to arrange their food into a pattern.  Hep your child identify the foods and how it could help them grow into big and strong butterflies!  Who said you shouldn’t play with your food?  We’re all about making food fun.  So get ready, here’s a list of things you will need:

  • cut up fruits or vegetables
  • raisens, blueberries, cranberries, etc. for eyes
  • bread, slices of cheese and lunch meat
  • toothpicks, or wooden skwers

Get creative! This caterpillar is made out of bananas, apples, and raisins, but you can also use grapes, strawberries, even cantaloupe! Don’t be shy, explore different shapes and colors to make this more fun!

Think “Caterpillar Sandwich”! You can use whole wheat bread, turkey meat, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers to make this sandwich.

Have fun Saturday morning making these cute pancakes. Add some color by adding some cut up fruit.

The possibilities are endless.  Share your caterpillar creations and Mongo will see which one is his favorite.

If you don’t have The Very Hungry Caterpillar, here’s a link to order yours today, or you can always go to your local friendly public library.  You can also watch this video here  🙂

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle on YouTube

MONGO’s Finger Food Fridays – Apple Boats

Each week, we will be posting one of MONGO’s favorite FINGER foods.  These snacks are fun, healthy and yummy!  Round up the kids this weekend and get ready to get your hands dirty.This week, we’ll make something you can make with your toddler, APPLE BOATS!  Here are a few variations.

Totally Tots

Made with apples, pretzels, peanut butter, and marshmellows

Tutus and Turtles

Cut up thick slices of apples and cheese. Use a toothpick to attach the sail.

Try them all or create your own.  MONGO would love to see your APPLE boats, share them below.

 

This post was written by Fareesa