Healthy Recipes for Picky Kids

Having picky kids is one of the biggest frustrations I have to deal with as a mother, and I know many others moms have to deal with this annoying problem as well. Sometimes I’ll find myself just giving up and letting them eat the same few meals every single day. Then I snap out of it and realize that I’m only enabling their nonsensical pickiness and go back to opening the door and force-introducing them to new foods. Here are some of my favorite things to feed my kids that have helped ease them towards a more open minded direction.

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Frozen Banana Bites Recipe

These are amazing! You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them either. These delicious frozen banana bites are super simple to make and the variations you can make are endless. Pictured above, the bananas have been dipped in chocolate, but I’ve covered them in vanilla yogurt before and they were just as great. Also, don’t forget the toppings! Granola, crushed peanuts, crushed almonds, etc. all make excellent choices. You can also make peanut butter and banana sandwiches before the dipping and freezing. Breakfast or dessert? Who says they can’t be both!?

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Ok, now these might only work if you leave out the fact that there are carrots involved in these yummy cookies. Sometimes when introducing foods that my kids would initially be turned off by, I avoid even letting them look at the food until they try it. How does that even work, you ask? I tell them to close their eyes and open their mouths because I have a surprise treat for them. It works sometimes. #Don’tJudgeMe

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Lunch Box Kabobs Recipe

This has got to be one of my all time favorite things to pack in my kids lunches. They even love to join in and help make them! Literally anything goes with this recipe, use lunch meats, cheese, veggies, or make kabobs entirely out of fruit!

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Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls Recipe

If your kids don’t like pizza, you might want to consider them seeing a therapist. (Just kidding) Seriously though, I don’t know how anyone can not love this recipe! I always feel like a sneaky little ninja when I pull off feeding my kids seemingly unhealthy foods when in reality they contain a whole lot of secret veggies. Bwahaha

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Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Yummy! My kids love teriyaki bowls and they also come with a wide range of possible variations. This chicken is great plain but even better on a bed of rice, white or brown. Feel free to steam any of the vegetables that your kids dare to eat to make this meal well rounded and complete.

This hand full of recipes are sure to motivate you and get your kids kickstarted into your foodie bootcamp. After all, they helped me out a ton. Good luck!

Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

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I’m all about making life easier and this recipe does exactly just that.  I stumbled upon this just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and wanted to share in time to get all of the ingredients.

Skinnytaste.com has many recipes just like this for the busy parent who still appreciates a great home cooked meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean corned beef brisket, all fat trimmed off
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp whole peppercorns

Directions:

In a 5-6 qt crock pot, place brisket, carrots, parsnips, pearl onions, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns and 3 cups of water. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

Add cabbage, cook on high 1 hour 20 minutes more.

Remove meat, slice and serve with mashed potatoes or for a healthy substitute, cauliflower puree.

Enjoy!