I have no trouble getting my kids to eat. In fact, sometimes the challenge is to get them to stop eating. My boys could eat all day, everyday if I let them. The only problem I have is sometimes getting them to add some variety to their routine. They love tacos, chicken nuggets and spaghetti. If I let them choose our dinners we’d rotate those three every night! That’s just not going to work for me.
Since we went a little crazy with the sweets this holiday season I really wanted to start out things on a healthy foot this year. Plus, because my boys are big into habit and routine, I knew that if I could get them to like a few healthier meal options they would be all for eating them with in a few months. I’ve started making smoothies for snacks and they LOVE those! (I’ll be sharing my new favorite recipe at the end of this week) and switching things up at breakfast. They usually have eggs and toast and now we have those 3 days a week, oatmeal for 2 days and bigger breakfasts on the weekend. I’ve also started adding more greens at dinner time.
Green beans were an instant favorite, and they liked zucchini too. Then I tried a salad; no way! “Mom this tastes like ca-ca” were Rohrl’s exact words. I have become a fan of salads recently and I don’t really like the idea of creating multiple meals for dinner so I knew I had to make salads more appealing to my boys. I decided to take some of their favorite foods and add them to salad. There was no way I was going to add spaghetti but I knew I could add the others. I threw everything together and watched their faces as they took their first bites. They liked it, they even asked for seconds! Paired with the citrus vinaigrette I shared last weekend and some diced chicken this salad only takes a few minutes to put together and won’t last much longer than that.
- 6 cups romaine lettuce
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup diced chicken (I used 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast)
- ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup avocado, sliced into small, bite sized pieces
- ¼ cup corn
- ¼ cup diced tomatoes
- ¼ cup shredded cheese (I use a Mexican Three Cheese Blend)
- Citrus Vinaigrette
- Wash lettuce and spinach and mix together in a large bowl.
- Add in remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
I think the dressing had a lot to do with their liking the lettuce part of the salad, they both asked for more “juice” as the call it. That being said they did eat everything. Statham’s favorite was definitely the corn and Rohrl loved the avocado and black beans. Because it’s so quick and easy to make this is going on our lunch menu too. This is, hopefully, the first of many healthy alternatives to some of my kids’ favorite foods. What are some of your kid’s favorite foods? I’d love to get some more ideas of favorites I can turn into healthier choices.