Two Great Meal Ideas For Your Picky Kid’s Teeth
Trying to get food into that picky kiddo's tummy is frustrating, plain and simple. Fixing up meal after meal, only to hear the "No" or "I don't like it" tossed next to that plate can make any mom go a little nutso. Add to that the worry that your child isn't getting the right nutrients for growing bones, healthy muscles - and strong teeth.
We've covered it here a lot. Teeth and gums need calcium-rich foods, as well as crunchy fruits and veggies to get that saliva going (it helps get rid of food bits, doncha know). Cheeses, milk, nuts, chicken and fish, apples, leafy greens, and so on are on the top of that list.
Now, your picky eater may not be into any of these foods. I know my kiddo hates drinking straight milk, so we need to think about other ways to get calcium into her diet. Enter the smoothie. Maybe your child hates meat (except in a Happy Meal from the Golden Arches) and forget about even mentioning the word "broccoli." How about making burgers at home with hidden broccoli? I surfed around and gathered up these two easy-to-make recipes that may very well pass the Picky Eater Test.
You can actually make this with any fruit - bananas are a fave in our house. It is so simple and a perfect way to start your kiddo's day, with calcium, potassium and other great nutrients. I saw it on Joy Bauer's site.
-- 1 frozen whole grain waffle
-- ½ cup yogurt, low fat, vanilla
-- ½ mango, cut into thin strips
Just toast the waffle, spread it with yogurt, and top it with the fruit slices.
Bump up the calcium content (and your kid's veggie intake) in this burger by chopping the broccoli and sneaking it into the patty. This one from Joy Bauer makes about six burgers.
-- 1 1/4 pounds turkey, ground
-- 1 package of frozen broccoli, (10-ounces) thawed in microwave and well-drained and cooled
-- 2 egg white(s)
-- 1/4 cup(s) ketchup
-- 1 tablespoon mustard, Dijon
-- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
-- cheddar cheese, slices, reduced-fat
-- hamburger buns, whole-wheat
-- Burger fixings (like lettuce, tomato slices, onion slices, etc)
Preheat large griddle over medium-high heat (or your grill). Coat the pan with oil spray. Mix together the first six ingredients in a bowl until fully blended. Make six patties. Add burgers to the pan or grill. Cook according to preference, until burgers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Top the burgers with cheese and place on buns.
What is your favorite smoothie recipe? How do your kids get calcium in their diet?