Kids’ Favorite Foods Made Healthier

Once some parents take a closer look at their kids’ favorite foods, they are appalled to find out just how unhealthy these foods really are. The good news is that most of these foods can be made/bought in healthier versions. Below are some examples of these unhealthy foods and how you can find their healthier versions to keep both you and your kids happy.

1. Hotdogs

The majority of kids love hotdogs and parents do to because of how convenient they are to serve. So, how are you supposed to keep hotdogs in your house when they’re so unhealthy? First, go to the freezer section at your local grocery store or even the natural health food store.

Most of time, you’ll be able to find the healthy hotdogs here – these hotdogs shouldn’t contain any preservatives, so be sure to read the label. You can also purchase “turkey dogs” instead, since turkey is a very lean, healthy meat. Finally, some grocers carry tofu burgers and hotdogs – these products are kept refrigerated, but not frozen. Ask your grocer before you go searching for these as they can be hard to find.

2. Pizza

Pizza is like hotdogs – so good and so easy to prepare, yet not the healthiest for you and your family. To fix this problem, make your own pizza. Start with a whole wheat crust and vegetable rich spaghetti sauce (you can buy or make your own sauce). Next, cut back on the meat toppings and include more veggies. Use only 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese mixed with ¼ cup of parmesan cheese for the cheese and try to find a vegetarian version of pepperonis and you’ll have a healthy pizza in no time!

3. Bread 

The best kind of bread for you and your family is whole wheat bread. You can make it yourself or you can buy it at the store. If your family still isn’t a fan, then consider eating sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. on whole wheat tortillas, pita bread and/or bagels.

4. Candy Bars and Cookies

 These “junk” foods are hard to replace, but thankfully, we have granola bars now. Just make sure the granola bars you give your kids are little sugar and high protein content. There are some granola bars that are just as bad as candy bars and cookies.

5. Macaroni and Cheese 

Most of us buy our macaroni and cheese in a box at the grocery store, which is fine. Switch to a healthier boxed version or make your own healthy version of mac and cheese with hidden vegetables.

6. Cereal

I’m not sure what it is about cereals but most kids are attracted to the ones containing the most sugar. Slowly start introducing your kids to the healthier cereals containing more granola and other natural ingredients to help turn their taste-buds around. Oatmeal is another great alternative.

7. Fish Sticks and Chicken Nuggets

A popular alternative to the unhealthy frozen fish sticks and chicken nuggets is to make your own. Simply cut up fish fillets or a whole chicken breast into strips or pieces and bread them however you prefer. Then, bake them in the oven. You can also find vegetarian fish sticks and chicken nuggets too.

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