Michelle Obama Inspires Us to Get The Kids Eating Better: Some Great, Healthy Recipes for Kids!

Guest Blog by Nadine Higgins, RN, Health Blogger

One of the first lady's biggest efforts during her time in office has been to encourage communities to be more involved in promoting the health of the nation's children. Michelle Obama encourages all to make sure children get an hour of active play each day and eat a balanced diet. However, kids can be picky eaters, so when the little ones revolt against healthy foods, try these recipes that appeal to most kids' taste buds.

Helping kids develop good eating habits will help them continue to eat healthy when they grow up. Teach them about the health risks that come from eating too much processed food. Fruits caterpillars are great for making eating healthy a fun activity for the kids.

Iced Ginger Tea

Rather than serving juice or sodas, which are packed with sugar and can cause energy highs and lows, opt for water or beverages with a little more substance. Try making an iced Swahili ginger tea. Start by grating one-quarter cup of fresh ginger mixed with one-quarter cup of an organic, all-natural loose-leaf low-caffeine tea, such as Golden Moon loose tea. Simmer the ginger and tea in 4 cups of water for five minutes, strain out the tea and ginger, and stir in one-quarter cup of sugar. Ice the result and mix with 2 cups of milk for protein and creaminess.

Pizza Spaghetti

People often balk at whole wheat pasta, which is heartier and healthier, but they won't notice it with the goodies in this recipe. The trick is to mix turkey pepperoni in with pasta and red sauce, and also include favorite pizza toppings. Set out several topping options and let them make their own pasta bowls with favorites like mild Italian sausage, black olives, and roasted bell peppers.

Presentation is the key to enjoying healthy foods. Keep making creative meals and add more healthy options each time. In no time, they will develop excellent eating habits!