Help your children to develop healthy-eating habits by getting them involved in the kitchen. Have fun with these recipes for kids.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
The percentage of overweight children and teens has more than doubled in the past 30 years. And overweight kids are likely to become overweight or obese adults — putting them at risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Research has shown that children — even teens — really do listen to their parents and follow their lead. So set a good example and help your kids develop healthy-eating habits.
Start by pulling out a few fun and healthy recipes for kids. Then invite your youngsters to become junior chefs. Or ask them to pick their favorite recipes for kids and offer to serve as their kitchen assistant.
Cooking together is the perfect opportunity to talk about healthy-food choices. Give it a try with these tempting and tasty recipes for kids:
- Recipe: Baked blueberry French toast
- Recipe: Breakfast burrito
- Recipe: Muesli breakfast bars
- Recipe: Cheesy baked zucchini
- Recipe: Italian flags (tomato and mozzarella salad)
- Recipe: Veggie pizza
- Recipe: Fruit salsa 'n' sweet chips
- Recipe: Red, white and blue parfait
- Recipe: Strawberry shortcake
- Recipe: Baked macaroni with red sauce
- Recipe: Quesadillas
- Recipe: Tuna pita pockets
Aug. 15, 2012
- Why obesity is a health problem for families and children. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/healthy-weight-basics/obesity.htm. Accessed May 21, 2012.
- Learn the basics about energy balance and healthy weight. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/healthy-weight-basics/index.htm. Accessed May 21, 2012.
- Nelson JK (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 21, 2012.