Holiday Recipes for Even the Pickiest Lil' Eaters
You are amped up for holiday meals, but your little ones might not be so thrilled. The fun and excitement of the holidays doesn’t always transfer to the dinner table, unless it’s covered in chocolate. Here are some kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing recipes to include in those sometimes controversial holiday menus.
Instead of fried junk, opt for sippable soups and veggiecentric snacks. Add a little kick of spice for the grownups and dial down the heat in a smaller batch for little ones. Even picky eaters tend to love briny olives and other finger foods.
Lightened-up comfort foods like baked pastas and oven-fried chicken are always winners for a house filled with family and friends. Remember to also incorporate lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables into the holiday meal.
Naturally sweet vegetables like carrots and holiday staples like sweet potatoes make for popular side dishes. Don’t forget something green; little fingers love to munch on green beans (it’s OK to let kids eat with their hands sometimes).
Treats usually aren’t a hard sell, but with the massive amounts of sugar during the holiday season, it’s a good idea to incorporate some fruit-heavy and portion-controlled offerings.
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.