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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 January 21, 2020

                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                                    Why You Need a Vision

                                                                                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                                    What Do You Want?

                                                                                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                                    Some tips to guide you:

                                                                                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                                    A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                                    • What would you be doing?
                                                                                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                                    • How are you dressed?
                                                                                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                                    Plan Backwards

                                                                                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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