Getting kids to devour healthy foods can be a struggle for some parents. No matter how picky your child is, however, many children at age four love to discover new things. Make trying new (secretly healthy) foods a fun game for your picky or adventurous little eaters.
We’ve found three fun, healthy new foods your four-year-old might love (or love to try at least).
While many kids might reject cauliflower (a devious looking broccoli relative, eww) at first glance, cauliflower is incredibly easy to transform and hide into more appealing dishes. Consider steaming or sauteeing cauliflower and letting your children taste it naturally, as they may learn they love the subtle and simple flavour. For more option, try these ideas:
How to Introduce Cauliflower:
- Make mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes
- Blend frozen cauliflower into fruit smoothies
- Lightly bread and bake cauliflower florets and serve with pizza sauce
Quinoa is a healthy grain that’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Served on its own, however, it’s not quite as appealing as rice or pasta for little tummies (and even for some adults). Instead, try to spruce it up or sneak it into dishes your kids already love.
How to Introduce Quinoa
- Add cooked quinoa into meatballs instead of breadcrumbs or mix into your bolognese
- Add quinoa to your child’s favourite soups
- Make quinoa pancakes
No more fish sticks here. Quality salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, crucial building blocks for healthy brain development. To get the best benefits from this healthy fish, skip the prepackaged fried foods and try salmon a new way:
How to Introduce Salmon
- Make salmon cakes
- Try fish tacos with salmon instead of breaded fish
- Some children love the slightly sweet flavour of a salmon sushi roll. Making your own at home can also be a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen.
Healthy eating can be a challenge for parents and children alike. Making good food a discovery process can be rewarding, even for a four-year-old.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
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