Yes we have Tips to get kids to Skip the mac n cheese and pass the veggies please because my sister just shared this incredible recipe for String Beans which both parents and kids will enjoy especially since it is just ONE point on the Weight watchers Freestyle plan! But I digress!
We recently wrapped up a family trip where we spent the bulk of our waking hours traversing area-attractions jamming in as many as activities as humanely possible. Unfortunately, our tightly packed schedule didn’t leave much time for dicing up tomatoes, steaming broccoli and peeling the skin off apples“the only three veggies and fruits my picky son will permit me to prepare for him, without throwing a tantrum, gagging or flatly refusing to eat.
Being in vacation-mode we let our normally healthy foods fall by the way side and allowed our kids to gorge on fast food and fruit punch. I know…big mistake! My once baby carrot-munching son, since returning is now averse to anything remotely healthy. And my daughter, well she’s demanding a slab of fried bread for breakfast. Seriously, I kid you not!
I sit here and write this there is just one more report (of the multiple ones we’re barraged with on a daily basis) glaring at me from the TV screen that Americans are by far the most obese nation in the world, obsessed with supersizing our portions and teaching our kids nasty dietary habits that will have them developing diabetes and high blood pressure among many other illnesses.
As parents we’re all looking for that MAGIC bullet to get picky kids to taste test new foods. So here are my Tips to get kids to Skip the mac n cheese and pass the veggies please aka how us parents can go about getting our kids to eat more of the green and less of the mac n cheese!
Tips to get kids to Skip the mac n cheese and pass the veggies please!
How can you get your ANTI-veggie kids to eat some of the green- any way of masking it in a sandwich or a pasta salad. I’m not big on hiding or sneaking vegetables into my kids’ diets. I want them to know that vegetables are important and necessary as part of a healthy, daily diet. We let our kids choose which veggie they’d like for dinner. kids are much more inclined to eat their veggies if they had a say in picking it out and planning the dinner menu. Right now they are totally digging this Cauliflower Fried Rice!
What are the healthiest veggies for kids– if you have to pick your battles and just choose one- which is the best and easiest to get down their gullet? As a general rule, the brighter and deeper the color, the better it is for you, so dark green kale, chard, collard greens, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiver, and good-for-you minerals and vitamins. We mix frozen broccoli florets into berry smoothies (they don’t even know it’s there!) and load veggies on top of homemade flatbread pizzas.
Top five tips for moms to help them create healthiest lunches they can for their brown bagging it to school kids?
1) Always add in fruit like; apples, clementines, banana, kiwi all are naturally portion-controlled and portable.
2) Non or Low fat Greek yogurt is a great protein source!
3) A little baggie of raw nuts are great for snacking on, and add tons of essential fatty acids, fiber, protein, and vitamins
4) Raw veggies, carrots, celery, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes are all delicious and fantastic dipped in a homemade zesty ranch yogurt dip
5) Low fat string cheese “ the perfect portion-controlled amount, and a great way to add protein and calcium into your kids lunches, and paired with fruit and crackers it’s a great anytime snack
And here is our String Bean Side Dish recipe which is just one point per serving on The Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan!
1⁄4 cup(s), sliced almonds 4 Points
2 cup(s)uncooked string beans 0 Points
Sliver 5 almonds and squeeze of lemon. Nothing else.
Sauté the garlic in olive oil, add the almonds, then toss in the string beans and lemon only for a little so they are still crunchy!
Recipe serves four and is one point per serving!