Encouraging kids, especially teens, to choose healthy meals can be a bit of an uphill battle. As their parent, you understand how important it is to make these healthy food choices, but you are also aware that “healthy” doesn’t always taste the best. Here are some great meals that are not only packed with essential vitamins, nutrients, and other goodness but they are also bursting with fabulous tasty flavors.
Meatloaf is always a huge crowd pleaser and if your family loves it, then this is a great opportunity to use this easy meatloaf recipe that has an emphasis on healthy ingredients. Unlike a traditional meatloaf recipe, you can use ground turkey in this one, which is a much leaner cut of meat. While turkey can end up a little dry, this recipe is sure to add moisture to prevent that from happening. You can also add a fabulous tasting sauce which will help to retain the meatloaf’s moisture.
This meatloaf features mushrooms, cloves, onions, and other spices to ensure that everyone’s taste buds are happy. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and then 50 minutes to cook.
A stir fry is a wonderful way to combine protein with vegetables and meld them with some fabulous flavors. You can use frozen veggies of your choice and then protein such as shrimp or pre-cooked slices of chicken or beef. For an added dose of healthiness you can use brown rice instead of white. Top the stir fry with a prepared sauce or make your own if you prefer. Stir fries are excellent not just for dinner but also for lunch.
This one is especially great during the cold winter months. Shepherd’s pie gives you a chance to be creative when it comes to the veggies you add to it. You can also use a lean ground meat such as chicken or turkey if you prefer. The mashed potato topping will help to round this meal out and leave kids and even teenagers feeling full and satisfied.
Here’s a restaurant style meal that teens especially can’t seem to get enough of. Quesadillas not only taste amazing but they are incredibly healthy since you can pack them full of goodness. All you’ll need for this meal is pre-cooked breast that has been cut into long strips, and then a variety of fillings. Use such items as lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, chopped peppers, onions, corn, sour cream, and guacamole. Be sure to use the large sized tortilla wraps in order to pack everything in. If you have a Panini press, this meal is ideal to use in it.
Fill Them Up with Goodness
By giving kids healthy meals and snacks you are doing their bodies good and you’re also teaching them the importance of making healthy food choices. Emphasizing that healthy means “tasty” is a great lesson you can teach them through the meals you make every single day.