Top 7 Kids’ favorite foods

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Feeding children can be one of the most satisfying but also one of the most stressful parts of parenting – and it’s not uncommon to get embroiled in a fearsome stand-off at mealtimes. So, kids can be fussy eaters especially when it comes to eating the good stuff full of vitamins and proteins. Let’s place one of the Top 7 Kids’ favorite foods in front of them and you’ll see the plates wiped clean in a jiffy.

Top 7 Kids’ favorite foods

Fish for thought

It’s worth remembering that we should probably all be eating more fish – ideally two or more portions a week, with one being the oily variety (such as salmon, trout, or sardines). Oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is important for our brain, nervous system, and heart and which may help control conditions like eczema. These recipes are great for filling little ones with healthy fresh fish and, even if your child isn’t one of those who loves nothing more than mackerel, they’ll still feel like they’re tucking into something special. They’re sure to enjoy speedy homemade fish fingers or salmon and ginger fish cakes – and you can even throw in some crunchy sweet potato chips to top up their five-a-day.

Chicken Nuggets

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Another kid’s favorite food is chicken tenders or nuggets. They make for great finger food that is easy to eat and a great source of protein. Though most chicken nuggets are fried making them full of calories and fat, you can opt to make your own healthier version at home and bake them or pan-fry them in coconut oil. Add sides such as fresh or steamed veggies and brown rice for a well-rounded meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Enjoyed by kids and adults alike on a cold day is a bowl of warm chicken noodle soup. This soup usually includes chicken, noodles, celery, carrots, and onions in a rich broth. Soups are sometimes high in sodium, so a good idea is to have your children drink a glass of water along with their meal. Make sure the chicken chunks are big to help add to the protein intake or add other sources of protein on the side like yogurt or peanut butter on crackers with the soup.

Tacos

 

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Tacos are fun for kids, mainly because they taste great and kids can get a little messy while eating them and not get in trouble with Mom and Dad! Tacos are generally served with cheese, meat, lettuce, and tomatoes wrapped in a hard or softshell. The hard shells are fun to eat and add a little crunch. Soft tortillas are also a great option. You may want to opt for an ear of corn or whole-wheat tortilla to up the nutritional value. Choose turkey or lean ground beef that will be lower on fat content. Guacamole has monounsaturated fats but is high in calories so should be used in moderation. It’s best to choose low-fat sour cream as well.

Pizza

Whipping up homemade pizza bases is much simpler than you think. Let the kids decorate their own using healthy toppings that also count towards their five-a-day – it’ll make mealtime more fun and the end products are bound to be a hit with the whole family. Pizza-inspired dishes are always popular, so stir up a little interest with a pizza omelet or a pizza-topped baked potato…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Probably one of the most popular kid’s favorite foods is the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In moderation, this makes for a good choice for a meal or after-school snack. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and monounsaturated fats. It is better to opt for natural or reduced-fat peanut butter with multigrain bread and 100 percent fruit jelly to cut down on unnecessary sugar.

Spaghetti

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Loved by just about every child in America is this time-honored classic; spaghetti. This tomato-based meal makes for a good source of lycopene and potassium. The tomato base is mostly vegetables and is lower in fat and calories than Alfredo. One can puree extra vegetables like green peppers into the sauce for added nutrition your kids will never notice. Adding lean ground beef and whole-wheat paste can also make it healthier. For an added twist, try using ground turkey instead of beef.