Maintaining the health of your kids is important, but it is also important to make sure they're happy with the meals they eat. Getting children interested in healthy foods is key to keeping them eating those foods. Creative and healthy alternatives to kids' favorite meals may help grab their attention.
Purchase an organic premade pizza, made with wheat flour instead of enriched flour. Instead of using canned spaghetti or pizza sauce, use a jar of diced tomatoes as the pizza's sauce, or puree your own tomatoes for an even more nutritious pizza sauce that can also double as a pasta sauce for spaghetti night. Load it with low-fat mozzarella cheese and other fresh toppings. Get creative with the vegetables used as toppings. Buy a log of hard salami and slice it thinly instead of using prepackaged pepperoni slices. Serve your pizza dinner with a nutritious leafy green salad.
A nutritious alternative to the popular prepackaged frozen food only needs the most basic of ingredients. Chop up one onion, dice 1 cup of ham and cube 2 cups of colby-jack cheese. Wrap with egg roll wraps, which can be purchased in grocery stores, and bake for about 10 minutes. The taste is delicious and familiar, and the kids won't consume as many saturated fats and other harmful preservatives as can be found in similar store-bought foods. Make different kinds with fillings like shredded chicken breast meat, broccoli and Alfredo sauce.
Kids love sweets, but they're terribly unhealthy, especially prepackaged cakes and candies. These are always good in moderation, but sweet homemade desserts are always the healthiest way to cure a sweet tooth. Combine 3 cups of fresh, ripened strawberries with 1 cup of organic cane sugar in a blender, and puree. Serve on top of slices of angel food cake. This sweet treat includes the nutrients from fresh fruit, and angel food cake is healthier than pound cakes and candy. For an extra-special treat, top with low-fat whipped topping or low-fat yogurt.