Hey girl, hey! Real talk time. I totally dig all of the sound mom advice out there about how to raise a healthy kid. A healthy kid is a happy kid, right!? Of course! So besides making sure they get their daily dose of exercise it’s also important that they eat right and get proper nutrition. But the truth is, getting my guys to eat the proper nutrients isn’t quite as easy as following a few simple tips. Cause in real life, my boys (Sawyer 10, Jackson 8, and Ford 4) are picky with a capital “P!” One of my biggest concerns is making sure they get enough calcium for strong, healthy bones. So I’ve come up with some sneaky ways to get calcium into their diets, like these…
Mini Bagel Pizza
A mini bagel pizza is always delicious. Although we make the same recipe every single time the boys and I whip them up, feel free to experiment with different toppings. Our go-to combo: pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni…and done. They see delicious, you see a calcium-rich snack. Win-win!
GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ
Want a quick and easy way to get extra calcium into your child’s diet without making a mess? Go with GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ (see what I did there?). They’re an incredible source of calcium and vitamin D, and each packet has four grams of protein. They also come in three different flavors – strawberry, berry, and banana — so you can change things up. I put packs in my kids’ lunches, and they are good to go! Running late for an after-school activity? Yeah, these calcium-rich packs are also the perfect snack on-the-go.
Us moms know that kids will eat almost anything if you put it on a stick. So if you’re looking for healthy lunches or after-school snacks consider these fun favorites. You can make all kinds of delicious creations: Cheddar Apple Pie Kabobs – all you need is sliced green and red apples, cheddar cheeses and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top. Arguably the most popular kid kabobs with my boys are these pizzas on a stick. These are great ones to tuck into a school lunch because it’s full of protein, fiber, and vitamins to fuel your kids for the whole day.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Y’all know how much I love a smoothie in the morning, so I’ve gotten my kids hooked on them, too! They’re delicious, easy to make, and you can fill them with all sorts of healthy things. The key to getting your kids on board with a smoothie is making sure that a.) It’s yummy enough that they’ll want it all the time and b.) It’s got enough calcium inside to keep your kids healthy and strong. For this smoothie I love combining 1 banana, 1 cup of chocolate almond milk, and ½ cup of Greek Yogurt into a blender. Then pour this into tall a tall glass and garnish with fresh banana slices, almonds (also another secret source of calcium) and chocolate (cause every kid loves chocolate).