Parents & Teachers: Creative Food Ideas
As a kid who has grown up eating lots of fruits and veggies without a fight, I thought I would share a few of my mom's and my favorite ideas with you!
Getting Your Teen More Fruits & Veggies
- Add a can of coconut mild to rice right after it finishes cooking, and serve with frozen or fresh mango slices.
- Mix yogurt with slightly frozen berries – especially blueberries.
- If you like crunchy, mix this yogurt/berry combo with a bit of cereal or granola – a tasty way to get calcium if you do not drink milk.
- Rice with pineapple slices. Good both warm or cold.
- Sweet potatoes (mashed) with a small amount of brown sugar in them. Add marshmallows toasted on top. (Mom says, "Marshmallows are for holidays only.")
- Green beans sautéed for a minute with butter and garlic (works with spinach too).
- Sweet carrots: add a little butter or brown sugar to the carrots after they are cooked.
- Make eating fruit and veggies fun and interactive.
- Sushi-bar thing:
Put out sheets of seaweed, rice, rice seasonings, and veggies. Let kids roll their own sushi rolls. The seaweed and seasonings are available in Asian food stores – which is a fun field trip.
- DIY omelets or smoothies:
Everyone cuts up the possible ingredients and then makes their own. Supervision with a stove or knife are required for young kids.
- Fruit Salad Bar:
Add mini-marshmallows, nuts, and yogurt as toppings
- Scavenger Hunt:
Eat all of your vegetables on the list, and you get a $2 toy the next time the family goes on an outing.
- Sushi-bar thing:
- Fruit on pancakes or with a serving (that is 1/2 cup) of ice cream.
- When playing Monopoly, put a bowl of sliced fruit in the Free Parking spot. Whenever someone lands there, he or she must take a bite.
- Frozen fruit in the Summer – Frozen grapes, bananas, or strawberries (possibly with a thin coating of chocolate).
- Take an ice cube tray or popsicle mold, get some fruit juice – orange, lime, lemon, grape, etc. – and insert little pieces of fruit like strawberries or bananas. It's like a treat at the center.
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high school student writer
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013