Finding low calorie kid friendly recipes can sometimes be tricky. Kids tend to be fans of fatty foods such as pizza, french fries and macaroni-and-cheese. So, what dishes can you cook that are both healthy and enjoyable for your kids? The solution is simple: the staple foods they love don’t have to be unhealthy. By simply substituting some of the common high-fat ingredients with lower-calorie options, you can create healthier versions of their favorite foods.
Healthy Sub Sandwich
A sub sandwich is a popular treat that can be high in vitamins and low in fat with the right ingredients.
What you’ll need: a loaf of whole-grain bread, thinly-sliced cucumbers, shredded lettuce, thinly-sliced tomatoes, grated reduced-fat cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Add a little mustard for an extra flair.
Pizza is a favorite with kids and adults alike, but it doesn’t have to be the high-fat meal usually served. With lots of veggies and a variety of low-fat cheeses, this can become a popular lower-calorie alternative full of vitamins and minerals.
What you’ll need: a whole-wheat pizza crust to bake in the oven, chopped veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers and artichoke hearts, low-fat mozzarella, low-sugar tomato sauce and chopped garlic to add that extra bit of flavor.
Sloppy Joes are another favorite that can be transformed into a healthy meal for the kids.
What you’ll need: 90% lean ground beaf, chopped onion, chopped cremini mushrooms, diced tomatoes, whole-wheat hamburger buns, flour, ketchup and chili sauce.
Another low calorie kid friendly recipe is the chicken quesadilla. It’s also simple to make and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
What you’ll need: whole-wheat tortillas, lean chicken breast, peppers, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, mushrooms, salsa and low-fat cheddar cheese.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Turn their favorite chocolate chip cookie into a healthier dessert that is lower in calories and saturated fat by using tahini sauce and Splenda.
What you’ll need: whole-wheat pastry flour, tahini and Splenda. For the full recipe, visit this link.