DD is 7. Loved veggies until she started school, and thanks to other kids, now most of the time it's "I am not a fan".
We started new lifestyle plan Sunday. These are the new items I made DD loves. Quinoa with black beans (all recipes)... she called it chili and thinks it's the bomb Homemade Lentil soup with Ham, Barley and Mushrooms (added as recipe)... loved it, and asked for seconds Quinoa and ground pork stuffed Bell peppers (my recipe)... again, thought it was awesome, though she would rather I didn't use tomatoes with green chilies (she doesn't like spicy)
She also loves squash. I do cheat, add a little brown sugar (like 1/4 cup to the whole dish) if it's butternut, and a dusting for acorn before I cook it. And yellow (summer) squash and tomatoes, loves it!...
This is a rather common suggestion but my suggestion is fruit! My daughter loves fruit - especially berries. She goes through blueberries and blackberries very quickly. She loves them alone with a piece of string cheese on the side, or she will put them in a bowl and eat them with soy milk.
The great thing about fruit is that you can put most fruits out on the counter and kids take them readily. Add a piece of string cheese or a tbspn of peanut butter and you're set!
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There are lots of great smoothie recipes out there. My little girl loves them. It's like an ice cream treat. And a tip - you can sneak spinach leaves in with fruit and they'll never know the difference. Even I didn't notice a difference in the taste. One that she loves is banana, peanut butter, and almond milk. I actually love it, too. Check food.com for recipes. They have some great ones. Quiche is great, too, because you can put almost anything in them. I was having trouble with my daughter eating vegetables and I tried giving her a veggie burger (Morningstar). She ate the whole thing. It's actually pretty tasty.
My son loves Morning Star Bacon. It looks like doggy strips but I love it to. He also likes the steel cut oatmeal from Trader Joe's. I am introducing him to all my favorites and to my surprise he has enjoyed most of them.
We have gotten rid of all soda and chips now I'm working on trying to find fruits that he will enjoy.
My son LOVES "chickenless nuggets!" They are so much healthier than the mcdonalds or other junky chicken nuggets in the stores. It is a great way that I can get him to have protein and veggies all at once! I really like the Trader Joes brand, but there are other brands readilly aviable for people who dont have a trader joes near them. Morning Star farms makes a "mean" chickenless nugget! Also, they have "chik patties." Stores like Safeway/Vons will often have a great selection of vegetarian junk food replacments, which will elliminate high cholestorol and even some saturated fats and offer a unique change to the kiddie palette :)
I am so glad I got him into this stuff now! He will try lots of vegetarian things that are very unique and he likes them. I still give him meat (preferably Kosher) but I like to limit excessive m eat consumption for various reasons Im sure lots of us already know!
I just read more of teh post below, I second the Whole Wheat Pastas, Yum! I am going to make a sauce today actually. I thought of putting in some ground white meat turkey meat balls, but then I couldnt decide on that or a reduced fat cheese pizza with whole wheat dough!!!! Yummy on the whole grains, gotta agree with you there!
If you are interested in knocking down the fats in the suasages you can get "gimme lean" which is avialable in the Safeway/Vons type stores. It is SO good. It made me really dislike real sausages, espceially because they can be so unhealthy (proccessed meats are a major cancer causer, *sad face goes here,* as I recently found out). Gimme Lean is really tasty though. It comes in Italian Sausage type or Beef type. If you prepare it as directed (I saute my pties in a little olive oil) it is just SOOO good. Good enough that I want to go buy some now! There are also several light life brand of Sausages, like the Itailian Sausage one, myson LOVEs it! And his grandma feeds him ots of real sausage, so for him to like it, you know it has to be a winner!
I think the balance is key, I dont cut out all meat, but I try to reduce it to spark sugggestions (beef once a month, chicken once a week, and then use other healty high proteins) for myself. My son is with my mom a lot, so we just comporomise with balance :)
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Many new members are trying to get ideas for healthier meals that kids will eat. I thought we could all list some things our children eat.
I make homemade chicken soup. I also make spaghetti with wheat pasta. My kids like sausage & vegetable rotini. You can use low fat sausage or turkey sausage, vegetable rotini, onions, red peppers and mozzarella cheese. You cook the sausage with the onions & red peppers while you are cooking the noodles. When done mix all together along with some mozzarella cheese. BLT's are good with turkey bacon. I use the Oscar Mayer brand, it tastes just like pork sausage to me. My kids love it.
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