As parents it’s often difficult to get the kids to try new foods, particularly when those foods are either fruits or veggies. However, I’m sure we agree that letting kids try new foods and making sure they eat nutritiously is a pretty important job.

The following recipes add a little fun and a lot of colourful nutrition to a few breakfast, lunch, dinner, and after school snack favourites…

1. Mars Mission Fruit Snack

Talk about an engaging way to get the kids excited to snack on fruits and veggies! Recreate a Mars Space Mission…but in edible form. However, it’ll be up to the kids to devour this watermelon spacecraft with carrot details.

 

2. Pirate Ship Fruit Cups

The summer holidays are almost here, and what better snack to eat on a beach than that of a sailboat on water?! Bring a smile to your little one’s face with this fun snack that will fill them up with lots of vitamins and minerals.

 

3. Rainbow Pizza

This recipe takes a dinner favorite and turns it into a healthier meal by loading up on colourful veggies. Use a homemade cauliflower crust or store-bought whole wheat pizza dough or crust and arrange a multi-array of vegetables in circles according to the order of the colors in a rainbow. So start on the inside with diced cherry tomatoes (or eggplant), then chopped orange bell pepper, follow with a ring of corn, arrange green bell pepper pieces next, and finish with broccoli and red onion on the outer edge. Even better, get the kids to help make a rainbow-inspired meal for dinner.

 

4. Frozen Fruit Popsicles

With this recipe you can blend your fruit chunks into smoothies first, but they’re quite visually-appealing and colourful when the fruit is left whole. Slice an array of favorite fruits in all colours (i.e., watermelon, mango, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries). Place chunks in a popsicle mould and fill to the brim with naturally sweetened iced green tea (with honey). Cover with sticks and let freeze for 4 to 6 hours. The fruit is naturally sweet enough so there’s no need for sugary juice or fruit punch.

 

5. Strawberry Mice

Turn your strawberries into sweet little mice and give them their own treat of some cheese! Those cute ears are made of scrumptious milk chocolate, but can be made healthier with dark chocolate instead!

 

6. Baked Root Veggie Chips

While most kids would turn their noses up at the mention of mashed turnips or roasted beets for lunch. Root veggies can be made quite palatable when they’re disguised as chips. Slice thin an assortment of nutritious root veggies (i.e., sweet potato, yucca, rutabaga, turnip, red and gold beets, purple and russet potatoes, and parsnips). Toss in a bowl with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Arrange slices on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for 30-minutes at 400 degrees until crispy. These delicious baked chips make the perfect lunch side or snack.

7. Healthy Guacadile Dip

How cute are these little guys? Make sure your kids get those good, delicious fats in guacamole by creating a GUAC-adile. I’m totally obsessed with this snack!

 

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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