Coming from a mom of two young kiddos (ages 5 and 7), I know how hard it can be to get them to eat healthy! They can be picky eaters and the last thing they will ever ask for is more broccoli.
But believe it or not, there is a way to get your kids to actually ask for healthy foods! Just follow the advice and recipes below and you could see a change in your little ones!
A lot of times kids can be influenced by what we do. Not just what we say, as we all know. The example we set for them can have far greater impact on their eating habits, than what we try to force them to do.
My kids will actually ask for air fryer broccoli, believe it or not! It is an easy veggie to prepare and tastes delicious! They love to use their imaginations and pretend that the broccoli florets are little tree stalks!
Check out this recipe!
Air Fryer Broccoli:
2 heads of broccoli (cut the stalks off)
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Heat air fryer to 370 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Toss everything into the air fryer. Cook for 8- 10 minutes. Make sure to toss the broccoli 2 times during the cooking period to prevent it from overcooking the tops. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired. Put on a plate and enjoy with your kids!
Another healthy snack that my kids will scarf down is chia seed pudding! They have no idea the health benefits they are getting when they eat this stuff! From the healthy omega-3 fats that can be so beneficial for their growing brains, to the fiber, and vitamins! If your kids are not getting omega-3s on a regular basis consider talking to their doctor about the benefits of taking an omega-3 supplement. We recommend this one for supporting brain health in kids!
So back to the chia seed pudding . . .
Check out the recipe below!
Chia Seed Pudding:
3/4 cup plain yogurt of choice
1 cup dairy free milk
¼ cup (or less) chia seeds
½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Small dash of salt
Stevia to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 30-60 minutes. (Can sit on the counter if using frozen strawberries.) Stir and enjoy!
Remember, our children are more prone to carry out good habits if they see us doing them first. What good habits could you start implementing that could have a positive impact on the lives of your children for years to come?
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