Healthy Recipes for Kids

How about healthy recipes for kids, who like it? Children shudder at the thought of “healthy food”. Let’s face it, most adults too. But it’s not as difficult as you think to create healthy, raw meals that everyone will love. If proper nutrition is started early, children will grow up enjoying healthy eating.

When we eat healthy raw foods, several things happen. First, we have more energy. And because we are eating food in its natural state, we are receiving all the natural goodness we want in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes and many undiscovered nutrients. Research shows that these natural components provide a solid foundation for good health and can also help prevent serious illnesses. The fiber in these foods will help keep your colon on a more regular schedule, which is critical to good health, regardless of your age.

Great healthy recipes for kids contain a variety of raw foods. Raw foods are a great start to any diet plan, especially for children, because they need healthy materials for building healthy bodies. Things like bananas, grapes, apples, sweet peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, carrots, corn, raspberries, blueberries, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, tomatoes and almost everything you would find in the fresh produce section. Spinach and broccoli too … ok, kids may not like these two right away, but you can add them to a smoothie and they don’t need to know.

If you want to create tasty and healthy recipes for children, how about getting your kids involved in meal planning. Let them add the things they like to the salad, the main course or even the dessert. Let’s say you give everyone a little lettuce or another green leaf and let the kids make their own salad from a variety of other foods in bowls on the table. There are many raw organic foods that can be added to the salad. Pieces of apple, pieces of mandarin, celery, nuts, hemp seeds, fennel, tomatoes, grated carrots, raisins, peas … the list is endless, just be creative. And, as we know, a large, healthy salad can be a complete meal.

Children are growing up and need fats from healthy sources to build better bodies. Omega 3 fatty acids are an excellent source of nutrition that is absent from the standard American diet. Foods like nuts, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds and chia seeds are great sources of omega 3. One of these fats mixed with orange juice and some herbs or spices provides a very healthy salad dressing.

There are many things you can create with fresh fruit that will get your child excited. A really great breakfast meal, or any meal for that matter, is a great green smoothie. Put fruits and vegetables in the blender with a tablespoon of flaxseed or chia and let it roll. Children will also love to help with this. It is tasty and very healthy, fruits for energy, vegetables for minerals and seeds that meet the body’s needs for healthy fats.

When planning healthy recipes for children, think of these words: fresh, whole, ripe, organic and raw as golden words to create healthy meals and children. Oh, and add another variety. Consuming a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is important for maintaining good health. So let’s review, involve children in meal planning and preparation, be creative and let nature take its course.

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