It is so important for growing children to be eating healthy, nutritious meals. It can be so easy for us all to slip into bad habits and rely too heavily on take away and microwavable foods.
Let’s have a look
through some quick, easy but healthy meals you can start cooking for your young
We all should be
trying to eat as many vegetables as possible, as they are so good for the human
body. Tell your children from an early age that eating vegetables is good for
If you struggle to
get them to eat all the vegetables on the plate, try to cover up their taste
with other ingredients or even sauces like tomato ketchup. If all else fails
you could even try bribing them with a piece of cake or chocolate for dessert
as a reward for clearing their plate.
Eating fruit as a
part of a healthy balanced diet is vital for growing children. Although it can
be easier to just offer them sweets and chocolate which is more appealing to
their taste buds, you should try to encourage them to eat varied fruits from a
young age to get them into good habits as they grow older.
Why not try steaming
some apples, to make the texture softer for your children to eat. Don’t worry
if you haven’t used a slow cooker before as most of the newer devices are easy
to operate and will even pop up with info like a burn message, to help make sure
you don’t burn those sweet apples.
We should all be
trying to eat five pieces of fruit each day, which may sound a lot but is
Try your young ones
off with the sweeter fruits such as bananas, oranges, pears and the like. If
they are not too keen on fruit by itself you should try and add the fruit to
other dishes to encourage your little ones to eat them, such as having a banana
Try to keep varying
the different fruits they eat, as each fruit has different vitamins our bodies
need. Also this way they shouldn’t get bored of eating the same dish everyday
and there are many different variations you can create with different fruits.
Children seem to love
pasta dishes, like spaghetti and pasta shapes. Eating pasta is great for
getting the carbohydrates that your child needs for energy which they are sure
to be burning off with all the playing and running around they do.
Pasta is also an
excellent dish to add those vital vegetables in, as they can be easily hidden
in the dish if cut up small enough.
Pasta is relatively
cheap to buy and is also very quick to cook, so is perfect if you need to whip
up a meal for your child as quickly as possible.
What child doesn’t
love pizza, or adults for that matter! Although not the healthiest of options,
it is possible to create a healthy, hearty pizza.
Try to create your
own pizza instead of a take away or shop bought pizza. This way you can add the
ingredients yourself to try and make it as healthy as possible and get your
children helping to create the pizza. Home cooking is always better for
children that take away foods, where there will be lots of hidden ingredients
and normally too much salt.
Try not to use too
much cheese, as cheese can be quite fatty, but instead use lots of other
ingredients like mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach for extra toppings.
Bangers and Mash
This type of meal is
perfect for those cold winter evenings to help warm up your child. Try not to
plate up too much mash, but bulk up the meal with either a side salad or
A little bit of
butter in the mash can go a long way, but if your child finds plain mash a
little boring then try adding some tomato ketchup with the mash, mixing it all
up. Doing this can also make for an interesting colour of mash, which your
child is sure to love.
Chicken and Bean
Try to introduce
different flavours into your child’s diet by cooking them some chicken and bean
tacos. Using an instant pot cooker for this dish is highly recommended.
Try adding flavours
like paprika or chili garlic to the pot cooker whilst cooking the chicken and
Once all the
ingredients are ready instead of plating up everything, place all the cooked
food in a bowl with the tacos on the side, and let your children fill up the
tacos themselves. By doing this it can make dinner time a little more playful
for them. Although this may become a little messy, it certainly is a bit more
Treat your children
every now and again with an ice cream dessert. Try to make this a weekly or
twice a week treat, instead of it being daily. Use an ice cream dessert such as
an ice cream sandwich as a reward for eating a healthier main meal, that can be
packed with vegetables.
Children will almost
certainly try and clear their plate of the healthy meal you have prepared for
them if they know that ice cream will be the reward, as everybody loves ice
mentioned, try to add some fruit with the ice cream dish as your child is more
likely to devour it all up if it is hidden or surrounded by ice cream. Bananas
or strawberries work really well with ice cream.
As you can see there
are plenty of different ideas to get your kids eating healthier meals to help
their growing bodies.
Try to be inventive
with flavours, introducing them to all different styles of food as this will
not only help their development but will certainly make them more open minded
to food in their adult life.
You can never be too
early into getting your child into good food habits, so what are you waiting