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Top tips for kid-friendly, healthy meals

by Jennifer Tyler Lee, posted to Parenting

A list of the top resources for getting your kids to eat balanced, colorful meals.


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Printable Naturally Sweet Fruit Stickers

etsy.com

Just print, cut and apply to your special someone's favorite fruit....more

Suggested by CatK

Just discovered these cute stickers that you can put on apples, bananas, oranges and more from the TwigAndThistle store on Etsy. Anything to get kids more excited about eating fruit is a good thing.

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Toddler Cafe

amazon.com

Every toddler goes through the stage where they want nothing but...more

Suggested by Jennifer Goldman Carden

It's all about picky eaters, fun color and texture, games and ways to get them to help in the kitchen.

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Crunch a Color

crunchacolor.com

Created by a mom, Crunch a Color™ is a game that gets kids to eat...more

Designed with the help of kids, parents, teachers and nutritionists. Kids have fun learning to choose nutritious foods for themselves. Named one of the top 100 Children's Products of 2011 and Top 10 Socially Responsible Products by Dr. Toy.

Eden Godsoe: This is such a great idea. My 4 YO is pretty good but my 6 YO is such a fussy eater. I love the idea of turning eating into a fun game.

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Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals [Paperback]

amazon.com

Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money,...more

I'm always looking for inspiration to make meals colorful, easy and healthy. Jamie's book is loaded with great recipes that even the kids can help make (and they're easy for mom too)!

Eden Godsoe: I am not a cook by any means but 3 of the 10 cookbooks I own are from Jamie Oliver.

thescramble.com

A fantastic email newsletter full of strategies to survive what Aviva...more

Aviva makes it super easy to prepare a healthy, kid-friendly meal in a flash.

The: Thanks so much for suggesting my service! I am so thrilled to be able to help thousands of families each week connect at the dinner table over healthy, homemade meals.

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Dine & Dish

dineanddish.net

Kristen Doyle is a food blogger and freelance writer specializing in...more

Kristen's recipes appeal to the whole family, and they are easy to make! Her tips and menu planning ideas are great.

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Anyone can be "the Family Chef"! You just need some good recipes and tips.

Suggested by Chef Amy Fothergill

The Family Chef blog is full of recipes and stories about healthy eating with a focus on gluten-free.

Jennifer Tyler Lee: +1 Bonus Card for kids who make their meals!

Chef Amy Fothergill: Not quite there yet! Some day. They do like their veggies though; I'm lucky.

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Chef 2 Chef How-to Videos

chef2chef.net

An online community for chefs (amateur and professional) offering a...more

The how-to videos at Chef 2 Chef offer some great tips on kitchen basics like how to store herbs and to how to dice / slice veggies.

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Meal Planning Magic

mealplanningmagic.com

Meal Planning Magic is a blog that gives tips on how to save money,...more

A good plan is a big part of getting healthy meals on the table when life gets busy! Meal Planning Magic has some great tips.

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The Power Tool

thisoldhouse.com

Suggested by Healthy Hip Mama

If you want children to eat healthy, you must get them involved in the cooking process. These utensils will entice any child into the kitchen :)

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Out of the Box Foods - The Lunch Box Loop

outoftheboxfood.com

Fresh, simple recipes for your Lunch Box!

Kim Gerber has some fantastic ideas for how to get healthy foods in and processed foods out!

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Chop and Scoop Board

thisoldhouse.com

Suggested by Healthy Hip Mama

If you want children to eat healthy, you must get them involved in the cooking process. These utensils will entice any child into the kitchen :)

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The Family Chef

amythefamilychef.com

Amy teaches cooking classes and provides consultations in the Bay Area...more

Amy's classes are a fun way to get the whole family involved in learning how to prepare and enjoy healthy meals together!

Chef Amy Fothergill: My philosophy is "anyone can be the family chef". Let me teach you how!

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Gluten-Free Goddess

glutenfreegoddess.blogspo...

Gluten-Free Goddess Karina shares hundreds of creative gluten-free...more

I love Karina's list of Autumn recipes. Perfect for getting into the season!

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How to eat healthy with picky eaters

crunchacolor.com

Great tips on how to eat healthy with your kids! Keep it fun, let the...more

A few of my tips on how to keep it fun, colorful and healthy at the dinner table.

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Plastic Paring

thisoldhouse.com

Suggested by Healthy Hip Mama

If you want children to eat healthy, you must get them involved in the cooking process. These utensils will entice any child into the kitchen :)

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Fooducate -- an iPhone app

fooducate.com

A free iPhone app that helps you make healthier choices at the...more

An easy to use, free app that allows you to scan items to check their nutritional value. I love how when you scan a box of cookies, it suggests a fresh apple as a healthier alternative :)

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Make and Do Cook Book for Kids

amazon.com

An easy to follow cookbook for kids, filled with healthy recipes.

My kids love this cookbook. The recipes are easy and include fun pictures. I like that the cover flips over to create an easel, making it easy for the kids to read the recipes while they work.

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Safe Shears

thisoldhouse.com

Suggested by Healthy Hip Mama

If you want children to eat healthy, you must get them involved in the cooking process. These utensils will entice any child into the kitchen :)

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Playful Chef Cooking Sets from PBKids

potterybarnkids.com

Introduce your child to the joy of cooking with actual cookware...more

I'm always on the hunt for real cooking tools for my kids. Mini-size whisks, spoons and measuring cups make it easy for little hands.

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