It can be a tireless task coming up with fun and interesting ways to present nutritious meals, but these recipes are all easy, healthy and delicious food for young children. Eating food involves not only taste, but also smell, sight, taste and sound, and these suggestions of foods for children (and adults) are sure to delight all the senses! Most importantly, they are quick and easy to prepare. In fact, with a bit of support children will be able to help you prepare these meals. 

Homemade fruit rollups are a healthy alternative to the store bought varieties. They have no added sugar or nasty preservatives, just pure, simple, fresh fruit. They are simply delicious and a great treat for children and adults who have a bit of a sweet tooth!


The possibilities are endless for the variations on yoghurt buttons!

These delicious, nutritious and tasty tots will be a hit with young children (and adults will no doubt love them too!) Finding creative ways to encourage children to eat a variety of foods can be challenging, these tasty tots are a great way to introduce cauliflower as a fun and healthy finger food. Older children can help with the preparation, a great way to involve them in cooking. You can easily get creative with these tots, perhaps adding some chopped spinach, grated carrot or courgette…go wild!

Avocado chips are melt in your mouth delicious. Offer children avocado in a fun and tasty way with avocado chips! Avocado is known widely as a “power food”, meaning it is high in nutrient value. It is an ideal food for young children who need a diet rich in nutrients to help their developing minds and bodies.
Give them a go, everyone will be begging for more!

Introducing pancakes, with a twist! Pumpkin pancakes are a fun way to increase children’s daily vegetable intake. They are sweet, yet savoury at the same time. Having children help to prepare these pancakes is such a valuable way for them to develop healthy eating habits. And they are delicious too!

A delicious, yet healthy treat to help cool children down on hot summer days. Quick and easy to make, and packed full of nutrition, this amazing frozen banana soft serve will be popular with everybody!

Beetroot not only gives a vibrant colour to cooking but they are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fibre, and minerals which are essential for healthy nerve and muscle function. This dip can be used with bread, crackers, or to dip other vegetables into. Finger food is always a hit with young children.

Looking for a healthy and fun way to cool children down on those hot summer days? Healthy fruit popsicles will be popular with everyone! This icy treat is packed full of nutrients, and will quench the thirst of busy children.

Children can help to make these popsicles by choosing their own fruit, chopping and placing in the blender. When children help with food preparation, it is an ideal time to discuss how different foods, supply your body with different nutrients. You may find they disappear rather quickly!

Because the more vegetables we can hide in food, the better!

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Posted by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya went to Rata Street Kindergarten and Petone kindergarten. She gained her Bachelor of Education at Victoria University in Wellington and has worked as an educator and manager in home based care, community based and kindergarten services.


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