Fun and healthy recipe ideas for kids

Fruity pizzaFruity Pizzas

Have you ever had a fruity pizza?  

It’s such a simple idea, perfect for a summer’s day, so easy to do and a fun way to offer your little one a chance to try new fruits and new tastes!  

Firstly, slice the largest fruit you can find across its middle to create the pizza base. 

This could be a watermelon or an apple. 

Then, it’s time for your little one to become the chef and sprinkle sliced strawberries, blueberries, grapes, bananas, currants, satsuma segments, whatever they fancy over the top.  And…ta dah!  Your very own fruity pizza!  

With thanks to nurturemygut.com for the inspiration!


Fruit Kebabs 

Finding fun ways to introduce your little ones to a wider variety of fruits and new tastes can be a real challenge.    

Fruit kebabs are one great way to do this - putting familiar tastes next to a new fruit! 

Watch Mia as she makes her fruity kebabs...


Fromage Frais Lollies 

Fancy an ice cream or lolly? No problem!   

Keep your little ones happy with healthy, frozen snacks. All you need is some fromage frais, yoghurt or mashed up fruit (along with empty pots to freeze the fruit in) and some syringes like those you use to give your little one paracetamol. If you don’t have the syringes, it also works just as well with teaspoons.   

Your little one can help you to prepare these too. Remember, it’s been proven that children are more likely to eat something if they’re involved in its prep!   

Check out this video from Lisa Townrow to see how simple it can be.

Thank you Lisa!

Happy Making! 


Finger SaladFinger Salads 

Do you have a daily battle trying to entice your little one to eat their vegetables? 

We love this idea from Super Healthy Kids to encourage them to do just that!  

The snack is called a ‘finger salad,’ because your little one can eat this ‘salad’ with their fingers, no forks required! 

This one had simply grapes (do slice for little ones), cheese, carrots and peas. 

Find out more here!

Have a ‘hap-pea’ day, every day! 


Susie's cooking showFrittatas 

Your little one may be more inclined to eat vegetables if they have been involved in making the dish.

Frittatas are healthy, quick and fun to make.

Why not take inspiration from little 2-year-old’s Susie's cooking class? 

Mind how you crack those eggs though!    

Happy Frittata-ing! 


Mac’n’Cheese 

We’re sure you are well aware that the best way to encourage your little one to eat or try new food, is when they’ve helped to prepare the meal themselves.  

Here’s our funny little friend Susie again, showing us all how to prepare that favourite American staple, ‘Mac ‘n’ Cheese.’ 

We’re always amazed that there are any ingredients left by the time Susie’s finished snacking on them!  

Bon Appetit!  


Banana Muffins 

Why not have a go at baking some delicious banana muffins with your little one?  

Watch the Early Years Alliance’s Laura show you how.

Happy Baking! 


Funny face pizzaFunny Pizza Faces 

Why not encourage your little ones to help you to carefully chop, spread, cut and sprinkle some healthy ingredients for a pizza?   

So, if you make a funny picture out of the pizza, this will be an even bigger incentive for them to want to get involved and later, eat it!  No pizza base?  No problem - you can use a tortilla wrap or pitta bread instead.  

Happy Pizza Making! 

(With thanks to the Good To website and BBC Good Food for the image) 


 

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