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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

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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 February 18, 2019

                                                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                                  Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                                                  Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                                                  The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                                                  Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                                                  1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                                                  Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                                                  When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                                                  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                                                  • The man facing the judge.
                                                                                  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                                                  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                                                  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                                                  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                                                  These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                                                  Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                                                  Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                                                  2. Accept Your Fear

                                                                                  Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                                                  We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                                                  And here’s what can be done.

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                                                                                  3. Get Some Perspective

                                                                                  I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                                                  And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                                                  That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                                                  We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                                                  So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                                                  • Are you really at risk?
                                                                                  • Will this kill you?
                                                                                  • Which leads us on to..
                                                                                  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                                                  4. Hold a Hand

                                                                                  As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                                                  Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                                                  We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                                                  Ask yourself:

                                                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                                                  • Could that really happen?
                                                                                  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                                                  By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                                                  5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                                                  This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                                                  Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                                                  The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                                                  It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                                                  For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                                                  Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                                                  6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                                                  I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                                                  Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                                                  Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                                                  Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                                                  Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                                                  Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                                                  7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                                                  Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                                                  I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                                                  It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                                                  One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                                                  Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                                                  It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                                                  8. Assume the Worse

                                                                                  If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                                                  Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                                                  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                                                  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                                                  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                                                  And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                                                  When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                                                  Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                                                  9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                                                  If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                                                  Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                                                  Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                                                  10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                                                  One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                                                  11. Go with Fear

                                                                                  When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                                                  I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                                                  Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                                                  One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                                                  However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                                                  We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                                                  12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                                                  And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                                                  The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                                                  What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                                                  13. Own Your Fear

                                                                                  Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                                                  We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                                                  You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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