5 Recipes That Can Trick Your Kids Into Eating Healthy


There is no one answer to this question as different children will respond to different approaches. Some parents find that their children are more likely to eat healthy food if they are involved in choosing and preparing it. Others find that their children are more likely to eat healthy food if it is presented in a fun and appealing way. Some parents use a combination of these approaches.

That said, we hope these easy recipes can help get you on your path to healthy eating with your little ones.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets



1 lb. chicken breast, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. In another shallow bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
  4. Dip chicken pieces in the egg mixture, then coat with the flour mixture.
  5. Place chicken on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Mini Pizza Bites


1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

1/2 cup pizza sauce 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Unroll crescent dough and separate into triangles.
  3. Place triangles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  4. Spread each triangle with pizza sauce, then top with shredded mozzarella.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
  6. Serve immediately.

Pasta with Tomato Sauce


1 lb. spaghetti

1 jar marinara sauce

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain and return pasta to pot.
  3. Add marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately.

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes


1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup skim milk

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 medium banana, mashed

1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine oats and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in banana.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls into the skillet.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until pancakes are golden brown.
  6. Serve with syrup, if desired.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup


1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups frozen broccoli florets

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onion; cook and stir for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour until blended.
  4. Gradually add chicken broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
  5. Add broccoli. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted and serve immediately.