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Kid-Pleasing Italian Foods

BabyFit's Family-Friendly Dining Guide

Italian is quite possibly the most kid-friendly cuisine on the planet. Pizza and pasta are practically two entire food groups for youngsters!

Kid-friendly dishes

Appetizers/Sides
  • Mozzarella sticks: Cheese + finger foods = happy kids!
  • Antipasto: With a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables, there is sure to be something for every picky eater.
Entrees
  • Pizza: Try to get the kids to add some vegetables. Sneakily tell the server to hide the veggies under the cheese
  • Pasta: Spaghetti, lasagna, ziti and more--if it's covered in red sauce and sprinkled with cheese or meat, kids will eat it.
  • Eggplant parmesan: Vegetables hidden under bread crumbs, cheese and sauce suddenly become more appealing.
Treats
  • Cannoli: Let the kids split the pastry tube stuffed with cream.
  • Fruit gelato: Italian ice cream is often made with real fruit.
  • Italian ice: It's like a fancy Popsicle.
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  • Tomato sauces are low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients, which is good news for kids and parents.
  • Putting vegetables on a pizza is a good way to introduce new tastes.
  • Italian restaurants often have healthy salads available.
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  • Deep-fried cheese is not a very healthy choice.
  • White sauces are heavy on butter and cream.
  • Kids often like the pasta or pizza dough and cheese, but not much else.
Table talk

Pizza can be a well-balanced meal, if you get meat and vegetables on your pie. Use the pizza toppings as a way to talk about the four food groups.

Note: Pregnant women should avoid eating deli and processed meats, soft cheeses, and some types of seafood due to the risk of illness to herself and her unborn child. Eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry or seafood also poses health risks. Find more information on which foods to avoid here.

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A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health and fitness, with an emphasis on whole foods and from-scratch cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys Spinning, international travel and vegetables of all kinds. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

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