14 Fun And Healthy Recipes For Parents To Cook With Their Kids

Dinner Ideas for Kids

With many schools closed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, you may be looking for activities to keep your child active, engaged and entertained.

While there are many activities to keep kids busy, cooking is one of the best because it’s fun and educational.

By encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables, cooking helps develop their problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination, boosts confidence, and even improves the quality of their diets.

It’s still important to choose age-appropriate recipes and assign kitchen tasks that are safe for your child.

For example, younger children can help by washing vegetables, stirring ingredients and cutting shapes with a cookie cutter, while older children can take on more complex tasks such as chopping and peeling.

Here are 14 healthy recipes to make with your kids.

1. Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are oatmeal that you prepare ahead of time and keep overnight in the refrigerator – no cooking required.

Preparing a nutritious breakfast not only saves you time, but choosing dishes that your kids can make themselves can also help your kids get excited about making healthy meals.

Overnight oats are easy and suitable for all ages. Plus, they’re easy to personalize, so kids can get creative and experiment with different nutrient-dense toppings like berries, nuts, coconut, and seeds.

Try these easy, kid-approved recipes with your kids. Depending on their age, they can participate by measuring, pouring, and chopping the ingredients. Let your kids choose their own toppings to flavor their oats.

2. Strawberry and Cantaloupe Yogurt Soda

Most kids love fruit, which is why strawberry and cantaloupe yogurt sodas are the perfect snack.

Both strawberries and cantaloupe are high in fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid, a B vitamin important for growth and development.

Dipping fruit into protein-rich yogurt increases its nutrient content and increases satiety.

This easy recipe is suitable for kids of all ages. Depending on their age, kids can cut the fruit, dip it in yogurt, and place the fruit on a popsicle.

3. A bowl of banana bread

Many banana bread recipes require multiple steps that can clutter your kitchen.

It’s worth noting that this healthy recipe only requires one bowl and is kid-friendly.

Thanks to its almond meal, egg and flax meal, it is rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats. So your child is sure to be full between meals.

Dark chocolate chips and bananas also add a touch of sweetness to this bread.

Have your child mash the bananas, measure out the toppings, and fold the chocolate chips into the batter. Once it’s out of the oven, they can spread nut butter on the slices for extra protein.

4. Ants on the trunk

Ant on the Wood Combining crunchy celery, smooth or chunky nut butter, and sweet and chewy raisins is a classic snack for many kids.

All you need are these three basic ingredients, although you can spice things up too. Get your kids involved by spreading their favorite nut butter on celery and topping the “blocks” with fun toppings like chocolate chips, granola, and fresh or dried fruit.

If your child has a nut allergy, you can add cottage cheese, cream cheese, or even mashed avocado to your celery to taste.

This recipe showcases many ant variations on a log that will please even the pickiest eater.

5. Guacamole

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients like potassium, folate, and vitamins C and E.

Also, their smooth and creamy texture is a hit with kids, especially when made into guacamole and served with nachos or vegetable sticks.

Guacamole is easy to make and can be modified to suit your child’s taste. For example, you can add vegetables like onions and tomatoes along with fresh herbs like cilantro to the mix.

Kids can mash avocados with a hand masher or an old-fashioned mortar and pestle.

This is a kid-friendly guacamole recipe the whole family will love.

6. Mini Eggplant Pizza

This mini eggplant pizza recipe is perfect for kids and parents.

It uses eggplant as a base in place of pizza dough and helps increase your child’s vegetable intake.

Kids of all ages can get involved by spreading tomato sauce and cheese on eggplant slices. Adventurous eaters can try different toppings like olives or anchovies.

7. Kid friendly green smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to add more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy ingredients to your child’s diet.

This green smoothie recipe is naturally sweetened with frozen fruit and contains a healthy dose of fat and protein from nutritional supplements like Greek yogurt and avocado.

Fresh vegetables also add an enticing color to this smoothie.

Your child can help you by washing the ingredients, chopping and adding them to the blender.

8. Rainbow Spring Rolls

While many kids don’t like vegetables, serving your kids vegetables in a fun and exciting way can make them more willing to try new foods.

The translucent rice paper used to make the spring rolls allows the colorful ingredients inside to shine, making for a visually appealing meal or snack for kids. Also, spring rolls are easy to make and versatile.

Your child can help by using a spiralizer to make long, thin shredded vegetables, layering ingredients into rice paper bowls, and mixing delicious dipping sauces.

Carrots, zucchini, and cucumbers are great for spiralizing. If you prefer, you can add a protein source like chicken or shrimp to make the buns more filling.

This is a kid-friendly spring roll recipe.

9. No-Bake Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

If you’re looking for a sweet treat for your kids without added sugar and artificial ingredients, try this chocolate chip cookie recipe.

It’s packed with healthy ingredients like almond butter, coconut milk, and raisins, and infused with honey and dark chocolate chips.

Plus, it requires no baking, just one bowl and only 10 minutes to prepare. Children can help by stirring ingredients and forming dough balls.

10. Apple Pie in a Glass

This delicious recipe uses ingredients like almond flour, eggs, honey, apple and coconut oil to create a sweet and nutritious snack.

While most desserts rely on refined ingredients like white flour and vegetable oils, these mini apple pies are healthier.

Children can help by rolling the dough into individual balls, mixing the ingredients, and assembling the cake cups.

11. Vegetarian Omelette

Kids can learn a lot about cooking by making omelettes. In addition, they are adaptable and rich in essential nutrients for growth.

Eggs, for example, are often considered nature’s multivitamins because they contain many vitamins and minerals, including choline, iron, and vitamins A, B12, and E, all of which are important for children’s health.

Add colorful vegetables like peppers and leafy greens to further increase the nutritional value of omelettes.

Plus, kids may enjoy beating eggs, stirring ingredients, and frying their creations on the stovetop. Older kids can even make their own omelettes from start to finish.

Check out this vegetarian omelet recipe for some ideas.

12. Healthy Cheese Crackers

Some popular children’s snacks, such as cheese crackers, have additives such as unhealthy oils, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors.

However, you and your kids can make healthy snack alternatives at home using simple, nutrient-dense ingredients.

This cheese cracker recipe uses just four ingredients, including real cheddar and whole wheat flour. Your kids can cut the dough into fun shapes before baking.

13. Colorful salad cups

Creating colorful salad jars with your child is a great way to motivate them to eat more vegetables.

If your child is a picky eater, making vegetables visually appealing and giving your child frequent opportunities to taste them can help encourage their intake of vegetables.

Additionally, studies show that children prefer sweet vegetables to bitter ones, so mixing sweet and bitter in one dish can increase a child’s dietary variety.

Have your child help you put vegetables and other healthy ingredients such as beans, seeds, chicken, and eggs in a mason jar. Let your child choose their favorite vegetables, but encourage them to use a mix of bitter and sweet vegetables.

Bitter vegetables include kale, arugula, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli, while sweet vegetables include carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, peas, and corn.

Check out this fun colorful salad jar recipe.

14. Frozen Yogurt Soda

Many ice cream and yogurt sodas have added sugar, artificial colors and sweeteners. Because these ingredients should be limited to children’s diets, don’t buy them at the store, and let your child help make a nutrient-dense homemade yogurt soda.

This frozen yogurt soda recipe uses high-protein yogurt and is naturally sweetened with frozen fruit and a dash of honey.

Children can help by gathering ingredients, pouring pureed fruit and yogurt into muffin cups and placing trays in the refrigerator.

Final result

Cooking with kids not only keeps them busy, it also teaches them cooking skills and even encourages them to try new healthy foods.

Try engaging your child with some of the above recipes to spark their interest in the kitchen and how to prepare delicious snacks and meals.