As a mum, you know the importance of good nutrition for your little ones. The right nutrients and vitamins ensure that your children not only stay healthy but get every combination of nutrients needed to grow into strong healthy teenagers and adults. So, what do we do?
We spend hours slaving over a hot stove, lovingly preparing organic, nourishing food that our kids are just bound to love! Right? Wrong. The little rascals take one look at the beautiful straight-from-the-farm organic steamed broccoli, pull a face and instantly push the plate away. Here’s a funny thing about kids though, if they think it looks interesting or edible, or if the name sounds appealing, they will eat it and even if it doesn’t taste any different, they will love it. So we have put together some wholesome meal planner ideas that your kids are bound to love:
Often deemed the most important meal of the day, after a good few hours of sleep, it’s really important that your kids get the right start so that they have the energy for the day, their metabolism gets a good kick start and they are able to focus at school. Here are some meal planner ideas for breakfast:
Breakfast smoothie – for the kids that don’t feel like eating first thing in the morning, a great alternative is to give them everything they need in a smoothie. Use only the freshest and finest ingredients (you can even use from frozen) and it’s important that the ingredients are organic. Here are some great breakfast smoothies your kids will love (it’s also a sneaky way to get in a few portions of fruit and veg!).
Breakfast popsicles – this is one of the meal planner ideas that will probably go down a treat with your husband as well as your kids. And the best part? It’s super easy! Put fresh cut fruit and yoghurt into a popsicle mould, place in the freezer and wait to set! These are ideal for hot summer days.
Banana and almond pancakes – kids love pancakes and these are not only wonderfully nutritious but delicious!
Eating lunch is vital for balanced diets and a midday energy boost! Here are some delicious meal planner ideas for lunchtime:
Tortilla wrapped bananas – healthier than peanut butter and jam sandwiches made with white bread, the gluten-free tortilla version is just as easy! All it needs is a banana, some peanut butter, some jam, which you then put together and roll up!
Turkey and avocado toast – simple and scrumptious, all you need to do is whip up a fresh guacamole and add layers of turkey for an omega-3 and protein fix.
Soft tacos with chicken – small corn tacos, some moist chicken pieces, avocado, tomato and onion salsa, and a dash of sour cream (among many other variations) makes for a wonderful and delicious lunch for kids. Let them make up their own or follow this recipe (but perhaps forgo the chilli powder).
Dinner is the last meal of the day before an 8-hour (or so) fasting period (during sleep) so it’s obviously another important meal! Have an early dinner so that kids have enough time to digest before their bedtime. Here are some meal planner ideas for dinner:
Vietnamese pho – this incredibly tasty stock-based chicken/beef noodle soup is a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Normally made from bone broth, different spices, fresh herbs, bean sprouts and lime juice as well as rice noodles and protein, this is a wonderful dinner for the family. If you don’t have 48 hours to make bone broth, however, try this ‘cheater pho’ made with beef.
Pizza – although not what you may deem the healthiest dinner, pizza is always a hit and if you make it at home you get to put exactly what you want on it (and the great thing is you can even hide some really healthy things in the cheese). Click here for a healthy option for pizza from scratch.
Paella – there is nothing more satisfying than a warm, freshly made bowl of paella – and your kids will agree.
Need some meal planner ideas for in between meals? Here are a few of our favourites:
Dark-chocolate dipped kiwi fruit popsicles – quick, easy and mostly healthy (if you use a high-percentage cacao dark chocolate) these popsicles are made up of a thick piece of kiwi fruit, put on a popsicle stick, dipped in melted dark chocolate, and put in the freezer for a few hours – voilà!
Healthy baked goods – kids won’t know just how much nutrition is packed into baked goods if you make them look beautiful and taste good. Here’s a recipe for some tasty orange and cranberry muffins.
Spanish-inspired tapas – Spanish food is exceptionally healthy and the Spanish have wonderful snack-like tapas for even the fussiest of kids. Here are some great tapas to give your kids to eat between meals.
If you are planning a holiday abroad and looking for a country where you can maintain your family’s healthy habits, then look no further than Spain. Contact us to book a stay at one of our amazing family-friendly Costa Blanca resorts, where our restaurants cook up healthy Spanish dishes that your family will love!