We’re all guilty of eating unhealthy from time to time. Let’s face it, junk food tastes good. It’s what makes it so hard to resist—even for adults who are supposed to know better. Just imagine how much harder it is for kids to say no to these tasty treats. How then can we teach our children the value of eating healthy? Well, by making healthy taste just as good, of course! All it takes is a little creativity. Here are some ideas to get those juices flowing:
1. Grilled Cheese and Spinach Wafflewich
The cool thing about this recipe is that it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare! Just take two slices of your bread of choice, put cheese on one side and some spinach on the other, close ‘em up and put them in your waffle iron for 2-3 minutes. That’s it!
Of course, you can also experiment with different ingredients to spice things up and boost the healthiness factor. For example, instead of using white bread, try whole wheat. Tired of the cheese and spinach combo? Use peanut butter and bananas. There’s virtually no limit to the number of ways you can reinvent this recipe so you can keep your kids excited for a long, long time!
2. Veggie Burger
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 16 oz black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 small onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp salsa
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- Food processor
How to prepare:
- Mash the black beans using the food processor.
- Add in the red bell pepper and garlic. Keep mashing.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Mash one last time until everything is well mixed.
- Form your patties and place them on some wax paper. Freeze for 2 hours.
- Lightly oil a skillet and cook each side of your patties for 7 minutes over medium heat.
- Serve on your bun or bread of choice. Add some cheese, tomatoes and lettuce the complete burger experience.
3. Chickpea Nuggets
Here are the ingredients:
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and mashed
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 egg
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Put the onion, garlic and parsley in a food processor and blend them together.
- Add the mashed chickpeas and keep blending.
- Put the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and mix.
- Add in the chickpea mixture.
- Slowly add the bread crumbs. Make sure to use just enough to prevent the mixture from being too sticky to shape.
- Shape into nuggets (or any other interesting object you can think of) then fry on a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to limit your food choices to just fruits and vegetables. With a little creativity, you can turn even traditionally unhealthy food into meals that your body (and more importantly, your kids) would thank you for.