Tips for cooking healthy meals with kids! #BensBeginners

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Hey All!

I know cooking healthy can be difficult when you’re short on time and have kids that are 5 years old and younger. They may not want to eat what you give them. They play with their food! The food you end up making usually ends up on the floor and not in their bellies. I know this can be frustrating and you often look for ways to help aid in this literal food fight, I know I do! What I have discovered is making eating and cooking healthy meals fun and simple! Don’t try to be so elaborate with everything!

Stick to the basics like Fruit and Veggies! What I like to do is make healthy meals that are fun for the kids to eat.

For example…

I use Pinterest a ton for finding fun healthy recipes like this one on how to make

 

                                                                                     Source: cutefoodforkids.com via Vanessa on Pinterest

Gouda cheese I read is so healthy and apparently can prevent cancer if you eat a slice a day. I saw it on that show The Doctors! lol.

Or these amazingly cute sandwich Ideas!

Source: whatscookingwithkids.com via Vanessa on Pinterest

Or these fun sandwiches ideas. Kids who are younger will love eating their Sponge Bob sandwich for lunch!

And for veggies I’ve made flowers like this one!

                                                                                 Source: familyfun.go.com via Vanessa on Pinterest

The kids can get their daily veggies, eat healthy, and have fun while eating. I mean who wouldn’t want to eat this amazing dish. It’s fun, it’s colorful, and it looks good to eat. Eating Healthy with young kids is all about the visuals. You have to make it look pretty and fun since that’s what their minds register at the moment. You want to make everything a fun event! Even food! Especially when you’re trying to get them to eat a Healthy Meal!

For fruits it’s the same with the veggies! Make it fun like these Fruit Kabobs!

Source: parents.com via Vanessa on Pinterest

They look great and taste great. I use fruits that are in season and it’s a great healthy snack for the kids to have after a play date or when they come home from school. These aren’t for small small kids. Like I wouldn’t give a Kabob to a baby of course. You should know that.
But these are some of they ways I try to make healthy meals for the kids  in my house. Pinterest can be your best friend in helping you accomplish this. It has been for me!

Those are some tips that I hope will help you make healthy meals with kids!

Also…

 

Uncle Ben’s is encouraging families to get in the kitchen to cook and eat together to connect, one meal at a time. As a strong supporter of healthy eating and family togetherness, Uncle Ben’s is also helping parents establish healthy beginnings in their children’s lives.

How can something so tiny cause a huge change in the way we eat? Studies show that when you begin preparing your meal with rice, you end up with a meal that’s better for you. Plus, beginning your meal with Uncle Ben’s rice opens your plate up to better eating because rice attracts colorful vegetables, savory spices and leaner cuts of meat that the whole family loves!

To empower and encourage parents to connect with their kids, one meal at a time, Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”



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Vanessa is a Geeky Latina New Yorker now living in Los Angeles with her Family. She blogs about DIY, Family, Life, Tech, Food, and all that inspires her. :: LEARN MORE

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