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Easy Ways to Make Kid Foods Healthy

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Healthy Desserts & Fun Food

If it were up to kids, they would probably subsist solely on dessert. Since most will usually welcome the opportunity to eat something sweet, make it as nutritious as possible by adding healthy ingredients such as oat bran, yogurt, pureed fruits, dried fruits, and yes, even spinach! The chocolate in brownies, for example, will masquerade the flavor of antioxidant-rich pureed spinach. And your little one will never know that he's eating avocado when it's blended into chocolate pudding or a smoothie.

If you would like to introduce a new food without going undercover, you will have a greater chance of your child trying it if it's fun to eat. For many kids, this means finger food. Missy Chase Lapine suggests some of these healthy options: artichokes, edamame, berries, snap peas, pomegranates, and corn on the cob. Create a rainbow display of fruits and vegetables on a plate for your child to choose from.

Originally published on, August 2007.


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