Recently I've been seeing a lot of people on Facebook talking about how they are motivated to clean up their family's diet but aren't quite sure what to eat. I rounded up fifteen kid-friendly recipes that are tasty, healthy (or, with regards to dessert - healthier than their store-bought version) and are sure to please both kids and parents.
1. Black bean cookies. Gluten-free, sweetened with honey, and no, I promise you don't taste the beans.
2. Homemade mint ice cream. Vegan, made with avocados and rice milk, and no, you don't taste the avocados. But go easy on the peppermint extract - less is more!
3. Mexican quinoa bowl. You could put these in tacos or tortillas for a more kid-friendly presentation. Gluten-free, since quinoa is a seed. Quinoa is also a complete protein.
4. Cauliflower pizza crust pizza. This. Is. By. Far. My Favorite. It takes a bit of effort to make, so maybe you could make it a whole family cooking event. My pic has caramelized onions and goat cheese, but add your own toppings and boom! Kid-friendly. No, you do not taste the cauliflower.
5. Lettuce wraps. Who doesn't love finger food? It's a bit messy, but that's part of the fun.
6. Fresh fruit juice. If you don't have a juicer, use a blender. Fresh fruit juice instead of store bought means no preservatives, no added sugar, no junk.
7. Spring rolls. These are easy to make and it'd be fun to get the kids involved in rolling the rice paper up.
8. Cherry chocolate smoothie. Don't worry, it's made with cacao, which has zero sugar, and is packed with magnesium. It's also got avocado in it, but shh, they'll never know.
9. Homemade berry sorbet. Say adios to crushed bugs that are found in the store bought version (yep, Red #40 is crushed bugs), and say hello to something fresh, sweet, and refreshing.
10. Breakfast cookie. Cookies for breakfast? Need I say more? Believe it or not, these are healthier than your regular breakfast cereal in a box. Also great for an afternoon snack.
11. Butternut squash chocolate chip muffin. Nope, they won't taste the butternut squash. This is a personal favorite of mine.
12. Homemade granola bars. Conventional granola bars are loaded with refined sugar, corn syrup, preservatives and other crap. These are loaded with four simple ingredients.
13. Fruit salad in a grapefruit. It's all in the presentation.
14. Pumpkin pancakes. Gluten-free, and delicious. Just add maple syrup.
15. Chocolate pudding. Shh, it's really made with avocado, but they'll never notice.