If you're feeling guilty about letting your child eat chips for dinner (hey, they were the baked ones!), because you have exhausted all other options, have no fear, nutritious remedies are here!
We all eat with our eyes first, so if it doesn't look good to kids, they probably won't think it tastes good. Try making food colorful, the shape of a dinosaur, put a happy face on it, or just cover it in cheese (works miracles with vegetables). Get creative and don't give up, studies have shown that it takes 6-12 times of trying before you grow accustomed to a taste.
BIY- Muffins, breads, even cookies can be nutritous if you Bake-It-Yourself. Experiment with whole wheat flour in your favorite recipes, even if you begin using half refined flour. Try adding nuts and dried fruits for healthy fats and vitamins. Add whole oats to any recipe for some added fiber and nice texture. Ground flax seed can used in place of oil for many recipes, it will still give moisture to the baked good, and is a good source of fiber and Omega 3s. Shredded carrots and zucchini can be successfully hidden in bread and cake mixes. Jessica Seinfeld (wife of Seinfeld star Jerry) has come up with creative ways to hide healthy ingredients in your kids food, try her Chicken Nuggets and her Chocolate Cake, see more recipes and ideas from her book Deceptively Delicious.
Remember that whole fruit is always better than juice. Sit down to dinner together, stay as close to a schedule as possible.
Find recipes where good taste meets good health at Eating Well. The Sneaky Chef has great ways to get kids to eat veggies tonight, without a fight. Check out Kid-Friendly recipes and Healthy Cooking recipes on allrecipes.com.
Have your own ways to get the kids to eat healthy? How do you tackle feeding crowds of kids at home? Share your ideas here.