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How to Prepare Healthy Meals For Kids

Wouldn’t it be great if kids grew up loving fruits and
vegetables, lean proteins, and everything that was healthy and
nutritious for them? When parents prepare healthy meals for
their kids, they are helping to develop exactly the right
habits that will allow them to grow up not only eating, but
enjoying all types of healthy and nutritious foods. So let’s
see what’s involved in preparing a healthy kids meal.

In order for a child to enjoy healthy foods, the foods need to
be appealing to children. Why do you think there are chicken
nuggets shaped like dinosaurs? Breakfast cereals come in bright
colors shaped like all kinds of cartoon characters? Fast food
kid’s meals come with toys? The food industry knows that these
are all appealing to a child’s imagination.

Healthy kids meals will all have the following characteristics:

· Have fun and imaginative names that your child can identify
with
· Have bright colors and come in interesting shapes and/or
designs
· Have familiar textures, crisp vegetables, crunchy snacks,
juicy fruits, etc
· Come in kid sized portions

By introducing children to foods that are healthy and
nutritious in a fun and imaginative way, it is already
appealing to them and they will want to try it. Nothing is more
difficult than getting a child to eat his/her Brussel Sprouts
‘because I told you they are good for you’. Also, by appealing
to your child’s imagination, you can start to engage him/her in
some of the planning and preparation.

Kids love to help mom and dad do stuff, whatever it is, so this
is an excellent chance to get them involved and start
developing those healthy eating habits. To get your child
involved, and keep their interest, all recipes should:

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· Use basic ingredients found in most home pantries
· Be simple to prepare allowing the child to help
· Be fast to prepare (~15 minutes)

Although most kids will have a favorite food that they want to
eat every meal of every day, variety is also important since it
allows you to introduce a wider range of healthy foods into
their diet. Also, not every meal is going to be a well balanced
dinner. Healthy eating habits means selecting healthful and
nutritious options for all meals including:

· Drinks
· Snacks
· Packed lunches for school
· Prepared lunches at home
· Evening meals
· Desserts

The goal is to have your kids enjoying healthy foods, and
eating well balanced and nutritious meals before they even
realize it’s good for them, and by that time they will like the
foods so much, they won’t care. So instead of engaging in a
battle of wills over who’s not leaving the table until they
finish their broccoli, prepare healthy kids meals that are so
much fun they’ll be asking for more.

I’m Mark and I love my kids (twins) and want them to grow up
healthy and strong which is why knowing how to prepare
healthy meals is important to me. If you liked this article
and want more information go to Prepare Healthy Meals for
Kids. In addition, I’ve got lots of other information on
ingredients, recipes, kitchen appliances, nutrition, and more
on my blog at Home Chef Cooking Tips.

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