Science has no shortage of studies that prove the lifelong effects of feeding your children healthy foods. Not only does it help them develop healthy eating habits that last into adulthood, a 2013 behavioral study found that an unhealthy diet can lead to behavioral problems in kids.
But if you think feeding your kids healthy meals is a lofty ideal because you don’t have time and they won’t like it anyway, Food Network nutrition expert Dana Angelo White wants to prove you wrong. Her new book, “First Bites,” is full of recipes for babies and toddlers that busy parents can whip up in no time. Her healthy spins on kid-favorites like mac and cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets are full of “superfoods,” a meal unprocessed and full of nutrients. Here, we share two yummy kid-approved breakfast recipes from the book:
Mango-Banana Almond Milk Smoothie
This creamy, dairy-free smoothie is full of fresh, fruity flavor. The potassium, vitamin B6 and other nutrients in the banana and mango make this a healthier and tastier treat than bottled or smoothie-shop drinks.
8 ounces vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
1 small banana, sliced
1 cup frozen or fresh mango
Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Dressed-Up Frozen Waffles with Pears and Honey
You don’t always have to make breakfast from scratch. On super busy mornings pop a whole grain waffle in the toaster. Make it special and boost the fiber with a 1-minute sauce.
1 frozen whole grain waffle, toasted
1 pear, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon honey
While waffle is toasting, prepare the sauce. Place chopped pear and honey in a small bowl. Microwave on high for 1-minute, until pear is tender. Stir and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over toasted waffle or on the side for dipping.