While your kids love their sugar-laden cereals, get them to embrace some healthier options. With these handy tips, you can show how subtle changes can make it simple to introduce healthier choices that the whole family can enjoy.
If getting your kids to embrace healthy eating habits feels like a constant uphill battle, take heart in knowing you’re not alone.
However, making choices in the kitchen and at the supermarket may be just the nudge your kids need.
One of the biggest hurdles many families face when it comes to healthier eating is getting started.
These tips show how subtle changes can make it simple to introduce healthier choices the whole family can enjoy.
- Mornings are a busy time for families, and it can be difficult to make a nutritious breakfast and get out the door. Even so, skip the packaged breakfast cereals loaded with sugar. Instead, make and freeze your own healthy breakfast foods ahead of time. These breakfast burritos are easy for reheating and eating on the go.
- A common misperception is that eating healthily takes too long. Set a good example for kids to follow by preparing healthy dinners at home. This one-pot turkey dish is ready in less than 25 minutes.
- When kids have the right to choose what they eat, they’re more likely to enjoy it. One easy way for kids to identify smart choices in the produce department is by looking for foods with the ‘Produce for Kids’ logo. Not only are these items important parts of a balanced meal, shoppers who support the products are giving back to local organisations that help children and families.
To find additional tips to encourage your family’s healthy eating and more than 300 registered dietitian-approved recipes, visit produceforkids.com.
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Make-Ahead Freezable Breakfast Burritos
Recipe courtesy of Produce for Kids
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 454g lean turkey breakfast sausage
- 1 medium-red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small Vidalia onion, finely chopped
- 1 large tomato, finely chopped
- 12 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
- 14 whole-wheat tortillas (20cm each)
- In a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, heat one teaspoon of oil. Add the sausage and cook for 5-8 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- In the same frying pan, add the remaining oil, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, and cook for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Add the tomatoes and cook for two minutes.
- In a large bowl, scramble the eggs and the pepper. Add to the pan and cook, stirring regularly, for 3-4 minutes or until the eggs are set. Remove from the heat and mix in the sausage and cheese. Leave to cool.
- Fill the tortillas with 1/2 cup egg mixture, roll into the burrito and lay seam-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for one hour. Transfer to a freezer-safe re-sealable bag and return to the freezer.
- To reheat the burritos, remove from the freezer, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 1-2 minutes.
One-Pot Healthy Turkey Skillet
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 454g ground turkey
- 1 medium green bell pepper
- 1 medium sweet onion
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 225g whole-wheat elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
- 1 can (440g) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the turkey and cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink.
- In a food processor, pulse the bell pepper, onion and tomatoes until chunky.
- Add the vegetable mixture, noodles, beans, cumin, chili powder and salt to the frying pan and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.