Homemade Fast-Food Alternatives for Kids

Healthy alternatives to fast food that the kids will love.



Anne Disrude Marina Malchin

Are your kids big fans of fast food? Try these healthy, homemade and kid-friendly alternatives.

Fish & Chips

Pass on greasy and oversalted fried fish and potatoes from a subpar takeout joint. This recipe is crispy and healthy perfection.


Instead of calling for delivery, bake up little bundles of cheesy goodness with less than 400 calories per serving.

Recipe: Pizza Pockets

French Fries

Kids and adults will swoon for these crunchy oven-baked French fries — ready in about under an hour.

Recipe: Garlic "Fries"



Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Mozzarella Sticks

A fast-food order of this appetizer favorite can tip the scales at nearly 1,000 calories; make these super-satisfying baked sticks instead.



Photo by: Andrew Purcell

Andrew Purcell


Hit the gas and cruise right past the fast-food Mexican drive-thru. These tacos put all others to shame.

Fried Chicken

Fast-food orders of this Southern classic are overflowing with grease and salt. This simple recipe uses skinless chicken and a flavorful coating.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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