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15 Fun And Healthy Recipes For Parents To Cook With Their Kids

15 Fun And Healthy Recipes For Parents To Cook With Their Kids

As summer approaches, the days get longer; so your child will be playing outside more and more often! We have found some great recipies to give your child more energy to run around while keeping it healthy!

1. Raw Sesame Seed Bars
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    These natural bars are simple and easy to make while also great fun for your little one to help make with you! We all know how much kids like cooking! These bars use ingredients which are easy to source, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. The recipe doesn’t require any equipment, which means it’s easy to make in big bunches—so you can invite all your kids’ friends over and make lots of bars! This is not only a healthy and fun thing for all the kids to do, but also gives them more confidence in the kitchen. It’s a nice thing to do for the holidays or over the weekend!

    http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-sesame-seed-bar-recipe

    2. Raw Chocolate Shake
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      Who doesn’t like chocolate? It’s the secret indulgence that no one admits out loud they have too much of. But deep down, we know we could cut back!

      Well guess what? Kids also love chocolate! So why not incorporate some hidden fruit in there too? The Raw Chocolate Shake is your answer!

      This shake is super easy to make. The recipe says to add banana, but you can experiment with different ingredients. Just throw everything into the blender and you’re done! What’s not to like? Even better, it can be chilled to cool you down in the summer heat.

      http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-shake-recipe

      3. Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding
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        Yes. Another chocolate recipe. Don’t get too excited! It has hidden avocado in it—but shhh! Don’t tell the kids!

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        This is another throw-it-in-the blender recipe which is great to do with the kids (watch out for fingers).

        http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-avocado-pudding-recipe

        4. Spicy Mixed-Potato Wedges
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          Who said chips weren’t healthy? This recipe is a bit more technical, but it can be done! These wedges open up the door to new spices and tastes for your little one, as well as showing them that there are healthier alternatives to the bad, but good-tasting foods in life.

          http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/smoky-mixed-potato-wedges/#VLiOw17yLpLUvtmP.97

          5. One-cup Pancakes with Blueberries
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            Pancakes? Who said that?

            Pancakes. I mean, who doesn’t like pancakes? Throw in some blueberries and you’ve even got fruit in there! Share your love for pancakes with this easy-to-follow recipe that your child can help out with!

            These pancakes aren’t the healthiest on the list, but after all your hard work throughout the rest of the week making these tasteful treats, they aren’t too bad!

            http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/one-cup-pancakes-with-blueberries/

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            6. Mint and Fruit Smoothie
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              Just imagine—you’re sat in the garden as the sun beats down on you, your kid is playing in the pool and you reach to your right; not to pick up your phone, but your cold smoothie! This Mint and Fruit Smoothie is a fun thing to make with your kids! It’s a healthy alternative to a coke in the fridge and is packed with vitamins and other good stuff. The mint is sure to keep you feeling fresh and ready to play football once your kid has had enough of the water! Your child will also enjoy the refreshing taste of this blended drink!

              http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mint-and-Fruit-Smoothie/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

              7. BLT Salad
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                Ah, the classical BLT, something which is in some people’s everyday routine! Well, now you and your kid can make a more summer-oriented salad! This salad is easy to make, not needing a lot of ingredients to make a healthy and tasteful lunch. It doesn’t need much preparation, and your child will feel involved when they can cut the tomatoes (with supervision) or even just wash the salad! There are many ways for them to get involved in making this lunch for themselves or for all the guests when they come around!

                http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/BLT-Salad/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

                8. Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole
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                  Greens. The one thing your child turns their nose up at. But with this recipe, you can prove that not all green things have to taste bad!

                  No, I’m not talking about adding green food dye to a cake.

                  I’m talking about this healthy casserole which your kid can help you prepare! This recipe is a bit more complex and boosts your kids’ confidence in the kitchen dramatically! Help show them that being healthy can also be tasty with this recipe!

                  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Broccoli-Rice-Cheese-and-Chicken-Casserole/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

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                  9. Extra Easy Hummus
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                    Well, it’s in the name isn’t it? Why not introduce your kid to new flavors and textures with this easy-to-make hummus! The simplicity might just shock them, while they might shock you by dipping some carrot sticks into it! It’s a perfect side with any of the other recipes listed or as a small snack.

                    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Extra-Easy-Hummus/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

                    10. Smoothie Ice Lollies
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                      Perhaps you loved a smoothie already listed? Or you just want to try a different one? You can say no to the ice cream van and make your own ice lollies with your kid! These lollies are super easy to make and the result can be very tasty but also very door-opening! You can try new fruits in these lollies and experiment, meaning you’re also experimenting with your kids’ food pallet and exposing them to new things that they may not have tried on their own!

                      http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/smoothie-ice-lollies/#lxAMwDy40tzlezXq.97

                      11. Mango Cooler
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                        This mango cooler is easy to make and has many purposes, whether you and your kid want to sit out in the garden and enjoy this drink or want to cool your mouth from that spicy meal you just had. It’s a great and easy thing to make during the summer. Your child can help out in numerous ways and enjoy the sweet product at the end!

                        http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/mango-cooler/#dURdWQvlH6Closcs.97

                        12. Root Vegetable Salad
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                          Who said eating vegetables were boring? With this tasty salad you can impress your little one by peeling vegetables into thin strips. These strips can be made into a variety of different sizes and even shapes! If your kid can’t fully see what he’s eating..what is there to say no to? This salad is a different approach to introducing your little one to more vegetables, and it’s super easy to make! Perhaps mix this salad with that Extra Easy Hummus? That would make for a tasty summery lunch!

                          http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/root-vegetable-salad/#xfwDt5esO4MeosIJ.97

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                          13. Banana Bread
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                            Banana bread—perhaps not one of the healthiest ways to get fruit into you and your child, but it’s certainly a nice way to do it! This is something a bit different that you could try with your kid! Walking down by the river and feeding the ducks some normal bread while basking in the sun and eating your banana bread you just baked that morning? How nice would that be? This recipe isn’t too tricky, but it will amaze your little one! Baking still amazes me sometimes!

                            http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/banana-bread/#GF8PPKOxsv98BvZH.97

                            14. Super Smoothies
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                              Full of different fruits, these smoothies are a great way to start your day or to impress guests who come over for a barbecue! The recipe is flexible for other fruits too, so you can experiment and make some great and refreshing drinks! All of the smoothies listed are an easy thing to make with your little one, but also a great way to get more fruit in them than they realize!

                              http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/super-smoothies/#bVtj07xHR0jz3yXG.97

                              15. Crunchy Chicken Pieces with Yogurt Dip
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                                Just chicken nuggets, right? That’s what you can show your kid as they breadcrumb the chicken! It’s easy to get your kid involved in this recipe, since there are several things you can let them do to help you out. It comes with a side of herby yogurt and some fresh tomatoes.

                                http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/crunchy-chicken-pieces-with-a-herby-yoghurt-dip/#2JZhyryefqRoZXpl.97

                                I hope you have found some nice things you can make with your kids! Enjoy the time you spend with them and enjoy the food you make!

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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