As a family, we strive to eat healthily as much as possible. I love cooking and finding new recipes that we can all enjoy together. Cooking meals from scratch is the only way you can be sure of everything that goes into your food and I always love the challenge of getting my child to choose healthy food and actually enjoy eating it too!
I thought that it might be fun to put together a list of a few of our favourite healthy foods that we enjoy eating at home. Making sure that your child is eating and drinking the right things can sometimes feel like quite a task but I find that being a little creative with food can go a long way.... whether this is through inventive presentation or even hiding ingredients by blending them or chopping them up super small!
Fatty fish are the top pick for 2016's brain foods which can easily be incorporated into kids recipes. High protein and relatively easy to prepare. A great source of vitamin B12 and omega-3 essential fatty acids which are considered to be the most important group of nutrients for your brain.
Salmon is great as it is full of flavour and needs little seasoning. We also use tuna in quite a few dishes. Miss E loves a tuna pasta bake with pesto and lots of hidden veggies in there too. It's a super quick meal that I can get together in around 20 minutes and its just perfect for the whole family!
Eggs are our saviour and we always have them in stock at home. There are an infinite number of ways that you can eat them and luckily for us, Miss E absolutely loves them! You really can't go wrong with basic eggs for children. We love poached eggs (if you're wondering how to make perfect poached eggs then check out this page), dippy eggs with toast soldiers (even better if you can get a soldier shaped cutter!) and scrambled eggs which are perfect for topping up dairy intake. Eggs are a great source of protein, choline for healthy brain development and function and a whole heap of wonderful vitamins!
A real little super food and something we always buy wen we're out fruit shopping. They are super sweet and the perfect size for snacking on. We love using them as a topping for yoghurt or cereal, throwing a handful into our salads and on pancakes. Blueberries help keep your mind sharp, lower cholesterol and can help ward of certain infections. They are ace!
A big one in our household! We eat it for breakfast and dessert and it's also an essential ingredient in a few of our favourite recipes. Natural, low-fat or Greek is best and mixed with a little honey and fresh fruit it makes a delicious sweet treat! Yoghurt can contain more calcium than a cup of milk (it could also even reduce the risk of children getting tooth decay) so it's great for making sure children are getting enough!
Sometimes there's nothing better than peanut butter on toast. It's something that I find myself craving frequently and Miss E is obsessed with it too. Peanut butter contains healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.... plus, it sure does feel like a treat eating it!
We get the Whole Earth Crunchy peanut butter and honestly, it's divine. On toast. With chopped banana. Yum! As a snack for children, we love sliced apple and a small pot of peanut butter for dipping. We also have a few sweet treat recipes involving peanut butter which are absolutely wonderful!
What are your favourite healthy foods? And do you have any creative ways of getting your children to eat healthily? Let me know in a comment below!