Kathie Lee & Hoda: 9 Foods For Picky Kids
Kathie Lee and Hoda discussed Heidi Klum paying her kids a dollar to drink veggie smoothies to get their nutrients, and if this was an acceptable parenting practice. It seems like Heidi’s children are not the only ones not eating their vegetables because Parents magazine found that half of kids are selective eaters. Parents senior lifestyle editor Jessica Hartshorn joined Kathie Lee and Hoda to share some healthy and fun options for picky eaters. “Presentation is everything,” Jessica said.
Stir-Fried Broccoli: How To Get Kids To Eat Broccoli
Jessica started off by discussing broccoli. She said that kids do not like the hard texture of raw broccoli or the soggy texture of steamed broccoli, so a taste research discovered that stir frying broccoli with salt can produce a more kid-friendly texture. Jessica said that she saves time and bakes broccoli in the toaster oven for her kids, resulting in the same texture as stir frying.
Kathie Lee: Chicken Fingers Vs Chicken Saute With Peanut Sauce
Fried chicken fingers and nuggets are a kid favorite, but not a healthy option. Jessica suggested introducing them to a chicken saute with peanut sauce. She recommended putting the chicken on a stick to present it in a fun way, and said that the peanut sauce is a healthier dipping sauce option.
Today Show: Kids Can Play With Edamame & Veggie Wontons
Parents magazine asked a Japanese restaurant what they see as the most kid-friendly option, and they responded that edamame is popular. The edamame peas in the pod are a fun way to eat and the sweet taste is agreeable among children.
They also suggested a vegetable filled wonton. The wonton is like ravioli, which is commonly familiar with kids, but healthier stuffed with vegetables.
Hoda Kotb: Yogurt Parfait Recipe For Kids
Parents also asked a school lunch planner on thoughts about picky eaters, and she said that kids usually don’t like if you mix textures for them, so let them mix the textures themselves. She suggested a yogurt parfait, with yogurt, berries, and granola. Place each ingredient in a different bowl and let the kids make their own parfait.
She also said that giving the foods fun names helps, and recommended cutting different colored peppers into circles and calling them “Traffic Light Peppers.”
Today Show: Sweet Potato Fries & Fruity Kids’ Desserts
Jessica also suggested using a familiar food paired with the new healthy food. For example, she suggested replacing french fries with baked sweet potato fries, but pairing the sweet potato fries with a familiar ketchup, so the kids have a familiar taste.
She also said that serving orange juice with pulp provides kids with fiber, but a lot of the time kids don’t like the texture of pulp. So she suggested serving the orange juice with pulp as a slushie, so the kids know the texture to expect. She also suggested freezing grapes and slicing them in half to change the squishy texture of grapes.