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40 Creative and Healthy Recipes Kids Will Love

40 Creative and Healthy Recipes Kids Will Love

It can be tough to get kids to eat healthily. Really, really tough. Especially if you’ve got a fussy little eater. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve, it can be surprisingly easy.

We’ve scoured the internet to collect a bunch of tricks for you to try out on your little one. These 40 creative recipes for kids are pretty straightforward, but the effects are amazing. They look so good that most children will be tempted to give them a go. You’ll be able to sneak plenty of fruit and vegetables into their diets, without having to deal with tantrums at dinnertime.

1. Veggie People by SheKnows

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    Make people or animals out of any veggies you want your child to try. Which body party will they eat first?

    2. Paleo Snickerdoodles by Ultimate Paleo Guide

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      Snickerdoodles made with all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about your children’s blood sugar levels skyrocketing. If you need help deciding what ingredients to use – you can grab this nifty paleo app too! Win!

      3. Rubik’s Cube Fruit Salad by Food Beast

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        These Rubik’s cubes are easy ways to use a range of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in a creative way. You can use any foods that you can cut into cubes, so see what you can come up with!

        4. Hulk Pancakes by Paleoso

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          Persuade your little ones to eat their greens by turning their foods into foods suitable for the Hulk! Paleo diet friendly too!

          5. White Chocolate Strawberry Ghosts by Cook like a Champion

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            These super cute ghosts are made of strawberries, so you should have no problems getting your children to eat them. Delicious and good to look at.

            6. Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin” by Nom Nom Paleo

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              McDonald’s is not at all healthy, but your children don’t have to go without. These ‘McMuffins’ are made from natural ingredients and they look even better than the real thing.

              7. Fruit Flowers by Crnobelo.com

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                Fruit can be made to look really cute if you just use cookie cutters to display them nicely. Use whatever shapes you have and make good use of the different colors fruits come in too.

                8. American Flag Pie by The Winthrop Chronicles

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                  This is a good one for Independence Day. If you don’t have jam, see what other colored food you could use.

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                  9. Cauliflower Sheep by Eat Groovy Healthy Recipes

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                    Cauliflower isn’t all that popular with kids, but turn it into little sheep and it might stand a chance! You could go all out with the farm theme by putting the sheep on some greens too.

                    10. Angry Bird Party Ideas by Creative Food

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                      Kids can get pretty enthusiastic about their favorite characters, movies, and TV shows, so use that to your advantage. Angry Bird characters are fairly easy to make out of food and there are plenty of ideas here.

                      11. Fruit Art by Crnobelo.com

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                        Berries and fruit, because they’re so colorful, are great for making art with. Use shapes such as squares, and arrange the fruit to make your own designs.

                        12. Happy Frankenstein Lunch by Creative Food

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                          Turn your kids’ lunchboxes into scenes from their favorite movies and TV programs, by creating the characters out of healthy grub.

                          13. Fresh Raspberry Lemonade by Ultimate Paleo Guide

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                            If your kids have ever had their own lemonade stand, or they’re interested in starting one, take it to the next level by helping them to make pink lemonade. This lemonade is also 100% natural too.

                            14. Elf Sandwich by Creative Food

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                              Make Christmas treats healthy by shaping them into elves, Santa, presents, and reindeer.

                              15. Crazy Clown Eggs by Nom Nom Paleo

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                                You can get your children involved in making these eggs. See who can come up with the silliest face!

                                16. Stuffed Jack-o’-Lanterns by Healthful Pursuit

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                                  Bell peppers are so bright and colorful that they can really help to make foods look more appetizing. Fill them with whatever you’re cooking and your child will eat the pepper without a second thought.

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                                  17. Frozen Banana Penguin Snack by GOODIY

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                                    Turn bananas into super cute fruit pops by dipping them in chocolate and adding features. These would be great snacks for parties.

                                    18. Ladybug Crackers by Sprout Online

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                                      Create little ladybug creatures out of tomatoes to get your children to eat them. These are super cute little crackers that are also great for parties.

                                      19. A Robot for Lunch by Eats Amazing

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                                        Cut sandwiches into cool shapes and characters to get your child to eat whatever you put inside them. They’ll want to show them off to their friends, so you’ll have no trouble getting them to take them to school!

                                        20. Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Snacks by Fried Dandelions

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                                          Use your children’s favorite book characters, such as the Hungry Caterpillar, and have them eat them bit by bit!

                                          21. Veggie Garden by Fresh from Florida Kids

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                                            It’s fairly easy to make scenes and gardens out of fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables. Make a garden scene or a beach scene or whatever else you can think of.

                                            22. Watermelon Stars by The Kitchn

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                                              Fruits like watermelons are great for cutting up into cute shapes with cookie cutters. These shapes can make for great party snacks and they can be matched to most party themes.

                                              23. Yummy Mummies (A.K.A. Halloweenies) by Nom Nom Paleo

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                                                These Halloween mummies are pretty creepy! They make good snacks for Halloween parties and they’re make of natural ingredients too.

                                                24. Caprese Salad, Magic Mushroom Presentation by A Cup of Sugar … A Pinch of Salt

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                                                  Toadstools are super cute ways to use eggs, mozzarella, and tomatoes. These are handy little snacks and, again they’re great for parties.

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                                                  25. Spooky Soup by Eats Amazing

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                                                    It’s really easy to make soups appealing to children; simply add some accessories into them! Soups are great because you can pack loads of vegetables into them without your children knowing.

                                                    26. Fruit & Nut Butterflies by Crnobelo.com

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                                                      Nuts contain lots of healthy fats, and berries contain loads of vitamins and antioxidants, so dressing them up as butterflies is a great way to get your child eating healthy food.

                                                      27. Spooky Spider Snack by Eats Amazing

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                                                        These spiders are made of fruit and they look great! Make a load up for a spooky themed party or put a few in your kids’ lunchbox and make all of their friends jealous!

                                                        28. Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce by Ultimate Paleo Guide

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                                                          Chicken nuggets are usually full of all sorts of things that you don’t want your kids to be eating, but these are 100% paleo, which means they contain only natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about your children eating them.

                                                          29. Fruit Turtles by Meet The Dubiens

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                                                            These turtles are ridiculously cute and easy to make. They’re a great way to get your kids to eat fruit and they won’t take you long to put together at all.

                                                            30. Frog Lunch by Eats Amazing

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                                                              You can pack loads of nutritious foods into your child’s lunchbox if you shape it into fun pictures. This one contains loads of fruits as well as some sandwiches.

                                                              31. Flower Power Eggs by Apron Strings

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                                                                These flowers are really effective and they’re fun ways to sneak some more protein into your child’s breakfast. Yum!

                                                                32. Owl In A Tree by Meet The Dubiens

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                                                                  This owl is so pretty and, again, this is a meal that you could put together very easily. Feel free to switch out the ingredients for whatever you have in your kitchen too.

                                                                  33. Turtle Lunch by Eats Amazing

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                                                                    If you’re having a hard time trying to get your children to eat wholemeal bread, turn it into a character or animal such as a turtle or tortoise, and they won’t even pay any attention to the color!

                                                                    34. 1 Apple = 2 Fish by Cute Food For Kids

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                                                                      This way of preparing apples is really effective! There are plenty of ways to cut up apples to make them more exciting and it doesn’t even have to take very long. A little bit of effort can go a long way.

                                                                      35. Apple Umbrella by Cute Food For Kids

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                                                                        Again, apples and sandwiches cut into shapes can create a really cute-looking meal that your child won’t be able to resist.

                                                                        36. Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Bon Bons by Nom Nom Paleo

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                                                                          These sweets really are a treat because they contain healthy paleo ingredients but they’re delicious little nibbles.

                                                                          37. Olaf Lunchbox by Lunchbox Awesome

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                                                                            If your child is a fan of Frozen, they’ll love this Olaf-themed lunch.

                                                                            38. Very Hungry Caterpillars by Little Food Junction

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                                                                              How cute are these little bugs? They’re also extremely easy to put together. You could even get your little ones involved and turn it into a fun activity.

                                                                              39. Fruit Butterfly by Fienke’s Kookclub

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                                                                                If you really want to go for it, make a collage or huge picture out of colorful foods such as fruits and vegetables.

                                                                                40. Bee Themed Lunch by Eats Amazing

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                                                                                  This bee-themed lunchbox is very easy to put together. Simply use cookie cutters to get the carrots and other fruits and vegetables into the right shapes and then layer everything else to get the stripes.

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Paleoso via paleoso.com

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                                                                                  Last Updated on August 10, 2020

                                                                                  8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                                                                  8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                                                                  The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

                                                                                  Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

                                                                                  Thus, today’s article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question, “why is goal setting important?”

                                                                                  1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

                                                                                  It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

                                                                                  But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

                                                                                  Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

                                                                                  Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

                                                                                  “Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

                                                                                  And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

                                                                                  Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

                                                                                  2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

                                                                                  Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

                                                                                  You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

                                                                                  Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

                                                                                  Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

                                                                                  3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

                                                                                  A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

                                                                                  But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

                                                                                  Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

                                                                                  Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

                                                                                  4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

                                                                                  This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

                                                                                  Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

                                                                                  What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

                                                                                  This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

                                                                                  If you want to learn about how to take action towards achieving your goal, here’s how: How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

                                                                                  5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

                                                                                  This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

                                                                                  What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

                                                                                  The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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                                                                                  Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

                                                                                  6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

                                                                                  Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

                                                                                  For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

                                                                                  A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

                                                                                  Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

                                                                                  7. Goals Make You Feel Good

                                                                                  Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

                                                                                  Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

                                                                                  Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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                                                                                  If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

                                                                                  8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                                                  I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

                                                                                  Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

                                                                                  Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

                                                                                  There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

                                                                                  Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

                                                                                  So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest! Find out more here: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

                                                                                  Final Thoughts

                                                                                  These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

                                                                                  If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

                                                                                  Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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