I’m a firm believer that my kids are as healthy as they are because of what they eat, and how much sleep they get at night. So I always try to make sure my kids get good meals and make sure the snacks they get aren’t always full of junk. I know kids don’t always eat what we want them to and we don’t always get the right amount of vitamins and veggies in them as we’d like but there’s fun ways to get kids to try foods they’d normally not like and to me eating properly and healthy isn’t a battle I’m willing to lose as a mom.
I have one kid who is extremely picky, and that is my oldest. So, we always take that into consideration when we are preparing meals – We don’t make separate meals, but we do make an extra side if we are having something like rice or potatoes (two things he has not liked since he was about 5) so that he doesn’t have to be forced to eat the potatoes or rice, and so that he has a full plate too.
Other things I do is create fun little dishes and snacks that are full of the healthy good stuff, that they won’t even realize are in there! These Quinoa Bites are a great example of that!
My kids are more drawn to the ham, and cheese that are in these amazing bites rather than the carrot, or quinoa – which by the way has become a big hit in our house!
To make these delicious bites it’s rather simple, and if you have a picky kid giving these a try with them could be very helpful. You can add things that they like (peppers, other meats, onions, we’ve even added broccoli a few times!) they are really fun and you can really do what you want with them.
- 2 cups of cooked quinoa (cook it with stock to make it more flavorful)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 cup of carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup of cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup of ham, sliced thinly
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp of Yeast Flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Spoon mixture to the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until it’s golden brown. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
Serve as a snack or even a healthy breakfast item.
Have you introduced Quinoa into your diet yet?