Plant Based Recipe Ideas Your Kids Will Love
The internet is full of recipes and ideas for plant based kid-friendly dishes. But once you have used every color on your color chart, decorated so well that you could enter their dinner in an art show, you still have to get the kids to actually eat the food!
People like their food to look good and to smell good. That is human nature. Adding some tricks to make your little one willing to try something is great. But we have to get back to the reality that we need healthy foods for our kids, and they will have to at least give it a try. That is parenting.
So, we are going to give you some recipes that are kid-friendly, taste good, and that your kid will like 🙂
Oatmeal is your best friend in the morning
- Mornings are hectic. But children need to eat a good breakfast to fuel their day. Whole grain oats are a great option, and you can do so many things with it, your child will not get bored. Try these:
- Oatmeal with hazelnut butter
- After making oatmeal in the morning, swirl in some hazelnut bbutter, slice a banana around the side of the bowl and sprinkle raisins on the banana. To make this dish even more nutritious, add a little Baobab powder on top and you have a very attractive, and delicious breakfast. You can serve this with almond milk if you choose.
Kids love pizza. They love to help cook it, and they love to eat it. Use your favorite whole wheat flour to make the crust. Try tomato sauce with lots of garlic, and Italian seasonings. And don’t forget to load up with veggies.
A good variation is using refried beans instead of sauce and using Mexican seasonings. Before you serve it toss fresh chopped lettuce and tomatoes on top for a Mexican pizza treat. You can find more recipes for pizza here.
Wrap it up
Kids love sandwich wraps. Whether you load them with chickpeas, black beans, or grilled sweet potatoes, they will dig right in. Wraps can be stuffed with endless ingredients. For an extra treat include a little ranch dip. Start small. Use foods your kids like in their wraps and add tiny bits of new foods. This is a good way to introduce them to all kinds of combinations. We love wrap because they are easily taken in a lunch box.
Take your kids with you to the Farmers Market and let them see the foods and talk to the people who grow them. Let them select unusual fruits and veggies and then help them find recipes online to prepare them.
Don’t make your child feel “punished” by never giving them a treat. Nowadays there are a lot of healthier options such as sugar-free, gluten-free, allergy friendly, and fat-free treats. When the time comes that they want a sweet or when an event like Easter or Valentines Day rolls around. Have something special just for them.
Try the two bite rule. Everyone at the table has to eat at least two bites of whatever is on the table. This lets the child understand that the rules apply to the entire family and they may find some new foods that they actually enjoy,
It is not always easy to serve plant-based foods. But the results are so impressive; you will be glad you did. For your child to grow healthy, and strong, they need the proper fuel. So, push on. You are doing a great job!
Wendy Dessler is a super-connector with Sweet Services who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Wendy frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.