10 Healthy Food Trends Your Kid Will Actually Love (PHOTOS)

Michele Zipp | Sep 8, 2015 Big Kid

kid healthy foodsWant to try out some of the hippest healthy food fads but worried your kid won't go for them? Not necessarily!

Getting kids to eat healthily isn't always about sticking to the safe (read: boring) foods you know they like. In fact, they might just love to try something new -- it's all in how you present the foods to them. Food and fun? That's the way to go.

These healthy food trends will you give you the chance to get creative in the kitchen and add exciting ingredients that will make your kid want to not only try them, but also to eat them more often.

With protein, brain-building nutrients, healthy doses of fiber, and antioxidants, these cool superfoods are hopefully ones your kid (and the whole family) will enjoy eating. And you'll certainly enjoy the healthy benefits of them. You guys are so trendy!

 

What are your and your kids' favorite trendy foods?


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  • Chia seeds

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    Nutrient-rich chia seeds are considered a superfood, in part because their protein is easy on tummies. Add them to your kid's favorite smoothie, or if you're feeling adventurous, make a chia pudding.

  • Kale chips

    2

    I don't know about you, but my kids probably wouldn't go anywhere near a kale salad. Kale chips, however, yes please! All you need to do to make them is add olive oil and salt (or soy sauce) to the kale (cut and without stems) and bake it for 10 minutes. Kale is super healthy, packed with vitamins A, C, and K; iron; and protein. People are naming their kids Kale so you know it's on point.

  • Zucchini noodles

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    Call them "zoodles" or even "faux pasta" -- your kids will call zucchini noodles delicious. Rich in antioxidants and a great source of fiber, this pasta substitute is yummy hot or cold and just as much fun to eat as regular spaghetti. Dress your zoodles with a favorite salad dressing or some pecorino romano and olive oil.

  • Skyr

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    The Greek yogurt craze is being infiltrated by Skyr, Icelandic "not yogurt." Pronounced "skeer," it's thick and creamy but low fat and high in calcium and protein. And it just sounds cool. It's delicious with a bit of honey. Serve it for dessert instead of ice cream.

  • Buckwheat

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    Buckwheat might seem boring to kids (even though we adults love the gluten-free and protein aspects to it), but pancakes are always exciting, so merge the two. Yep, buckwheat (and also spelt and oats) are great for pancake making. For an extra treat, top your buckwheat pancakes with some whipped cream, fruit, nut butter spread, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

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  • Roasted seaweed

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    Seaweed is brain-building and also rich in fiber. Roast it for a great snack that's easy to grab and go. Or roasted seaweed can be crumbled on just about anything that could benefit from a little seasoning. Add it to soups, sprinkle it on veggies, or even put it in your meatballs.

  • Kefir

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    Fermented milk with grains might sound awful to kids, so just stick to calling it kefir! With live probiotics, it's helpful to keep the digestive system working properly. Some kids love it straight up and cold; others like to mix it in smoothies (so yummy blended with strawberries or blueberries). You can even make ranch dressing with it.

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  • Nut butter

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    As long as your kids don't have nut allergies or sensitivities, nut butters are great choices for kids -- and we're not talking about just plain old peanut butter. Today, there's are many more to choose from: almond, cashew, macadamia, and hazelnut to name a few. Each nut has its own nutritional values (as does each brand and variety you find in the store, so read the labels). But many are great for heart health and are packed with protein. Kids will enjoy a nut butter sandwich with jam, maple syrup, or even honey. Go wild and add your favorite to your buckwheat pancakes.

  • Coconut flour

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    There are a few reasons to substitute coconut flour for wheat flour. It's gluten-free and rich in fiber and proteins. Plus, it's sweeter, so you'll need to add less sugar when you're using it for a recipe. Make muffins, cakes, cookies, pies, pancakes, waffles, bagels, breads, and even fried anything with it.

  • Amaranth

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    Quinoa is so last year. Meet amaranth, the tiny whole grain that's loaded with protein, iron, and zinc. Amaranth is tasty in a granola bar or in a pudding with fruits and honey. Yum!

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