White House Fruit and Oat Granola Bars 1 of 19No, we can’t verify that health advocate and First Lady, Michelle Obama, put a presidential seal of approval on this snack, but we’re pretty confident she’d serve it to her girls. These fruit-packed and fiber-laden granola bars are great for kids. Plus, the White House executive pastry chef inspired this recipe.
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Eggplant and Goat Cheese Bake 2 of 19Health-conscious eaters usually try to avoid sweet, heavy sauces. Luckily, this bake escapes both the sugar and the heat of the stove — perfect for early warm days of September. And with such colorful herbs and veggies, kids won’t even notice the eggplant they may otherwise have shoved away.
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Thai Pork and Mango Salad with Mango Mint Dressing 3 of 19
Your kid’s sweet tooth will be delighted with this tangy-sweet salad with generous portions of mango chunks and mango dressing. The recipe, which calls for the leanest cut of pork, will also provide a great dose of iron without all the fat. It’s got our vote!
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Low-Fat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies 4 of 19Everyone deserves a small indulgence now and then. With only a quarter-cup of butter, this gooey-good recipe is as guiltless as chocolate desserts get. If your kids have been good with their greens, treat them with the most harmless cookies you’ll find. (We’re sure even Malia and Sasha get treated to cookies every now and then.)
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Chicken Soup with Quinoa 5 of 19In the fluctuating weather between summer and fall, kids are particularly susceptible to colds. On not-so-healthy days, chicken soup with quinoa is a gluten-free alternative to the noodle remedy that always makes everyone feel better.
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Marinated Chicken and Grape Skewers with Garden Lentil Pilaf 6 of 19
Kids will love the complex textures in this protein-laden dish. Soft, plump grapes add a surprising sweetness to savory chicken, while lentil pilaf adds a chewy element. (It very well could be on the White House dinner menu.)
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Blackberry Popsicles 7 of 19Until the sun gives way to snow, kids will crave frozen treats. Homemade popsicles made with fresh blackberries add a burst of flavor and antioxidants, so your darlings will only ingest
the healthiest of sugars.
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Sassy Sweet Potato Fries 8 of 19If your kids (or you) can’t stop hankering for fries, switch out regular potatoes with sweet potatoes and swap the deep fryer with an oven. These sweet potato fries are so savory, especially with mesquite mayo, your family will forget the unhealthy grease sticks in no time.
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Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan Herbs 9 of 19For kids who are wary of soft, mushy dishes, these bread crumb-filled baked tomatoes pack crunchy texture that everyone will enjoy munching. And with the parsley and Parmesan, this dish is also a smart way for kids to get a good dose of Vitamins A, C and E and some serious potassium.
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Roasted Beet Hummus 10 of 19Regular hummus is filled with protein and fiber, but if you add beets, you’ve got a cheerful splash of color and a dose of heart-healthy potassium to boot.
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Marinated Asparagus with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette 11 of 19Michelle Obama stresses that veggies are an essential part of any diet, but they’re usually the last things a kid wants to eat. This calcium-rich asparagus dish is not only tasty, it’s spiked with cancer-fighting ginger and garlic, and your kids will grow strong, healthy bones with every bite.
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Grape Jiggle Cups 12 of 19Eating healthy should be fun for kids so they embrace good eating habits from an early age. Enter sugar-free gelatin — every dieter’s secret weapon. They jiggle, they wiggle and with 100% real fruit juice and real grapes, these cups are a naturally sweet and fantastically fun way to avoid eating empty calories.
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Salmon Florentine and Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts 13 of 19
This light but substantial dish contains almost everything a growing kid needs. Full of antioxidants, iron, and fiber, this powerful combination of ingredients comes together in a meal that packs a truly heart-healthy punch.
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Black Bean Burgers 14 of 19As hard as you might try, you can’t protect your kids from today’s ubiquitous and seductive fast food ads. Luckily, a black bean patty satiates inevitable burger cravings with a boost of protein and fiber.
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Double Superfood Smoothies 15 of 19Sugary juices are no good for growing bodies, so offer up an alternative in your house with this double superfood smoothie. It’s a delicious thirst-quencher full of energizing antioxidants (blueberries) and the cholesterol-free protein (tofu). Bottoms up!
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Tabbouleh 16 of 19This bulgar grain and cherry tomato salad is inspired by the street food of Jerusalem and will probably be gone before the kids even realize how healthy it is.
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Peanut Butter Strawberry Wrap 17 of 19Finally, a guiltless alternative to your kid’s favorite PB&J sandwich! Full of monounsaturated fat (the healthiest kind of fat), this recipe’s natural peanut butter is a mineral-tastic compliment to vitamin-laden strawberries, all in a whole-wheat wrap.
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Restaurant-Style Salsa 18 of 19If your kids have bolder and braver tastes, they’ll love the kick in this restaurant-style salsa. Upgrade a simple combination of anti-cancer tomatoes, peppers, and onions with a quick fire-roast for authentic Mexican flavor.
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Kale Chips 19 of 19As hyperbolic as this might sound, these kale chips will change your life, at least when it comes to snacking. Make these vitamin-C powerhouse crisps once and your kids will never go back to greasy potato chips. In fact, there are so many vitamins in kale we don’t have space to list them. What other chip can compare?
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