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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

Veggie People

    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

    Snickerdoodles

      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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                                                                owl

                                                                  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 15, 2018

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                                  Video Summary

                                                                                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                                                How to hold a plank position

                                                                                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                                  • Prolapse
                                                                                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                                  • Previous childbirth
                                                                                                  • Overweight

                                                                                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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