27 Healthy Versions Of Your Kids’ Favorite Foods

You’re not lying about the vegetables in these recipes. You’re just withholding information.

1. Vegetable Lasagna

What better way to get your kid to eat vegetables than to cover them in cheese? Beef not invited. Get the recipe here.

2. Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Your kids want chicken nuggets. You want them to eat real food. Now you can both be happy. Get the recipe here.

3. Baked Shells with Winter Squash

Just call it mac and cheese and see what happens. Get the recipe here.

4. Baked Carrot Fries

These “fries” taste good hot or cold, are easy to make, and provide lots of beta-carotenes, Vitamin A, fiber, and anti-oxidants. Get the recipe here.

5. Jessica Alba’s Turkey Meatballs

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Sub out beef for turkey and fill with veggies. (Another key to healthier meatballs is grinding your own meat. Here’s a little tutorial.) Get the recipe here.

6. Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are great brain food making this healthy version of an old breakfast favorite a smart way to start the day. Get the recipe here.

7. Black-Bean Burgers

Who said you need meat to make a burger? Get the recipe here.

8. Banh Mi Dog

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Use an organic hotdog (try, e.g. Applegate Farms Great Organic Beef Hotdog) to avoid hormones, antibiotics, and other additives. Dress with vegetables. Get the recipe here.

9. Portabella & Kale Pizza with Roasted Garlic Sauce

How to get your kids to eat kale: Put it on a pizza. Get the recipe here.

10. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

No need to tell your kids about the secret vegetable in their pudding, but you can feel good knowing a single avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. Get the recipe here.

11. Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

Adding Greek yogurt and spinach ups the protein quotient without losing the taste. Even better: no butter or heavy cream necessary. Get the recipe here.

12. Flourless Chocolate Chip Blondies with Sea Salt

There is something delightfully evil about hiding beans in your brownies. Get the recipe here.

13. Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

If your kids are not mushroom-phobic, give these a try. Get the recipe here.

14. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Slip some yogurt into your pancakes and NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW. Get the recipe here.

15. Healthier Chocolate & Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

This version uses zero added sugar and no gelatin-filled marshmallows. Get the recipe here.

16. Sloppy Joes

Beans are a great, healthy, low-cost way to add bulk to an often all-meat dish. (And psst, here’s that meat grinding tutorial again.) Get the recipe here.

17. Healthy Pasta Sauce

Anytime you use plain old pasta sauce you are missing an opportunity to feed extra vegetables to your unwitting offspring. You can hide all sorts of other veggies in your favorite sauce! Get the recipe here.

18. Veggie Stuffed Grilled Cheese

Tell your kids it’s a “special grilled cheese.” Get the recipe here.

19. Soft Tacos with Spicy Chicken

health.com / Leigh Beisch

Your kids will love these tacos, you will love these tacos, everyone will be happy and eating healthy tacos. Get the recipe here.

20. Butternut Squash Muffins with a Frosty Top

Hear that? It’s the laughter of a mother who just tricked her kid into eating squash. Get the recipe here.

21. Crispy Fish Sticks

So much better than the packaged kind, this version has none of the weird preservatives or unnecessary loads of salt. Get the recipe here.

22. Homemade Apple Butter

Spread it on some whole wheat bread in place of your store-bought jam for a healthier, tastier, more seasonal PB&J. (Go even further and only buy natural peanut butter, made without added sugar.) Get the recipe here.

23. Gluten-Free Polenta Crust Pizza

Sensitivity to gluten does not mean pizza is off the menu. Get the recipe here.

24. Healthy Alphabet Soup

Way, way, way healthier than the sodium-packed canned version. Get the recipe here.

25. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

Greek yogurt and black beans make this a protein packed delight. Get the recipe here.

26. Light Chicken Pot Pie

foodnetwork.com / Kate Mathis

Not too much butter, plenty of vegetables, and even some Greek yogurt make this a better version than the standard. Get the recipe here.

27. “Not Guilty” Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Less sugar and oil + Whole grains = A chocolate chip cookie nobody has to know is healthier. Get the recipe here.

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