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Family Fitness, Healthy Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Posted by Bert on 2/28/2013 to Natural Parenting
Oh kids. They make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry and if youre like me, they make us eat those not so good for you kid friendly food. You know what I mean; mac-n-cheese, tater tots, pizza, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese. A little taste here, a little bit there and it all starts to add up. The bites, tastes and licks all started adding up to pounds and contributed to my gaining weight and maintaining it. Ive found that the key to my weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is by finding healthy foods that my kids will eat too.

Recently I happened upon this Skinny Taste recipe for Banana Cookies. The original recipe calls for three ingredients, one of them being walnuts. I omitted the walnuts as a personal preference and added cinnamon. My 4-year-old son and 20 month old daughter loved these and so did I!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup uncooked Quick Cook Oats

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mash bananas and oatmeal together in bowl. Add in spice of your choice, cinnamon or nutmeg, then place on sprayed or nonstick cookie sheet using a spoon. Pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.

The other recipe that my kids (and us adults too) love is roasted chicken and particularly this slow cooker recipe from Skinny Ms. The chicken was so tender and moist as well as easy to put together. It lasted for a couple of days too for sandwiches, salads, and even soup!

We have a crab apple tree in our front yard. My husband is a fruit lover especially tart fruits which is what you get from a crab apple. This year he harvested our apples and made applesauce from them using a Foley Food Mill. He and the kids really love the tart taste of the sauce and its not my favorite thing in the world. The thing I love about it is that there is nothing added to the applesauce at all; no sugar or anything else. You could do this with any kind of apple and it'd be a fun project to do with the kiddos one afternoon. Simply boil the apples first and then place them in the food mill. Put an empty bowl under the food mill and let the food mill work its magic!

What are your kids favorite recipes? What do you do to help your family eat healthy foods?

Bio: Bert is a stay at home mom of two, wife to college sweetheart, and what she calls a "semi-crunchy" mama. After four years of being overweight related to pregnancies, Bert submitted a video entry into a local Biggest Loser type of fitness challenge; she was chosen and lost 25% of her body weight in 90 days. She blogs at FirstTimeMom about everything from cloth diapers, parenting, life and her recent passion with health and fitness.