As we’re now fully immersed in the winter season, you might be ready to change up your typical menu. This is the time of year when comfort food reigns supreme. Warm, hearty meals that warm your body and keep you feeling cozy and happy. Luckily, there are plenty of hot, healthy meals that appeal to even picky eaters, and they happen to be full of calcium, vitamin D, fiber, protein, and other nutrients you want your family to eat more of. These five healthy winter recipes your children will love might well become your new favorite things …. let’s take a look.
Healthy Winter Recipes
Roasted Potato Wedges and Chili
Just about everyone loves a good bowl of chili when it’s, well, chilly outside, and the kids are no exception to this rule. That’s why you should gather together some beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and cheese to make this Roasted Potato Wedges and Chili recipe from Delish. It features vegetarian chili, but you can easily add meat if you prefer. Either way, with this healthy winter recipe, you can rest assured your kids will get the calcium, protein, and fiber these ingredients are known for. And if you want to bump up the calcium even more, consider using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, since these are among the calcium-rich foods kids should be eating. I also sometimes pop butternut squash into my chili, so use what you have on hand and it’ll be great.
Mini Spinach and Cheese Pizzas
Most kids love pizza, so getting them to eat it isn’t hard. They also really like spinach, so whenever I can get that into a meal, I do. Why not take advantage of that by making a healthier version of your ordinary, average pizza? Delish makes it easy with this Mini Spinach and Cheese Pizzas recipe. The part-skim ricotta is low in fat, and the pitas are whole wheat. Plus, spinach is a superfood that’s packed with vitamin K, making this a nutritious twist on pizza your kids will enjoy this winter.
Tuna, Pasta, and Spinach Casserole
I don’t know about you, tuna casserole was in my Mom’s ongoing repertoire back in the day. In fact, it was one of the few things she actually knew how to cook. This Tuna, Pasta, and Spinach Casserole recipe from The Spruce is a twist on the traditional, that includes some spinach. Tuna is a great source of vitamin D, and the cheddar cheese in this dish is a good way to get calcium into your kids if they’re not regular drinkers of milk (like my kids). Even better? This recipe is a cinch to make. Just cook some noodles, then throw all the ingredients in a dish, and cook in the oven for less than a half hour. It’s so simple you can teach your kids to cook it for dinner, giving you a night off once in a while! A mom can wish, right?
Chicken Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Want an easy way to get more veggies in your kids’ diet? I am constantly struggling with this, as I have one kid who loves all kinds of veggies and another who requires me to point them out on her plate during every meal. Make this Chicken Veggie Enchilada Casserole from Journal Sentinel. It features a huge range of vegetables, including zucchini, red onions, red bell peppers, garlic, and jalapenos…and of course you can switch out any of these veggies in favor of any others your kids happen to prefer. Regardless, they’ll get all the benefits that come with vegetables, such as more fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E.
Healthy Cookie Dough Bars
When you’re cooking for kids, someone is bound to ask “What’s for dessert?” At least that’s what happens in my house! If this happens at your house, too, you can confidently answer, “cookie dough bars.” Sure, technically this is a recipe for Healthy Cookie Dough Bars from the Untrained Housewife (I do so adore Angela England and her awesome blog)—but you can go ahead and leave out the “healthy” part when telling your kids about them. They’ll be more interested to know what’s in them, which is dark chocolate, peanut butter, and nuts. Sounds delicious like a delicious addition to your collection of healthy winter recipes, right? Oh, and these also have Medjool dates in place of regular added sugar, but trust me, no one will know the difference because dates are incredibly sweet—and healthy! These natural sweeteners have plenty of phosphorus, potassium, and B vitamins, and as a bonus, the almonds in these bars are considered a calcium-rich food. That makes this healthy winter recipe a surefire winner at my house.
Hopefully you’ll try some of these healthy winter recipes and find something you like enough to add to your ongoing menu of dinner solutions. And if you’re focused on making sure you get those kids’ bodies and their growing bones the calcium they need (on average 1,000 mg a day, btw), you can add FitFormula’s Cal-EZ powder to just about any drink and quickly and easily make sure they get the calcium and vitamin D they need. Try it today for 50% off.