Healthy Food: Hard-Boiled Eggs
Get your kid to eat it: Don’t wait for Easter! Decorate hard-boiled eggs year ’round—and they’ll get 6 grams of protein and many other good-for-you nutrients. Decorated eggs are safe to eat as long as you use food-grade dyes and make sure the eggs didn’t crack during cooking, which can introduce bacteria. You can also use stickers or markers to get creative. (Think spooky faces for Halloween, hearts for Valentine’s Day.) Serve as an after-school snack with whole-grain crackers and fruit.
Healthy Food: Oatmeal
Get your kid to eat it: Oatmeal is rich in filling, heart-healthy soluble fiber—and also a blank canvas for fun toppings such as nuts and fresh or dried fruits. Cut banana eyes, a strawberry nose, and a mouth of blueberries or raisins. Nutritionist Joy Bauer, RD, shares this chocolate oatmeal recipe on her website: Prepare half a cup of oats with 1 cup water or skim milk. Stir in cocoa powder, a little sugar, and a dash of vanilla extract, and then top with your children’s favorite fruits. “This energy-boosting breakfast will keep them—and you—feeling full and satisfied until lunchtime,” Bauer said.