Eating clean isn’t a weight-loss diet, but a healthy lifestyle—a lifestyle that incorporates natural foods into every day meals and eliminates preservative-packed processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa, lean meats, and natural complex carbohydrates are all cornerstones of the clean eating lifestyle.
But even though clean eating is all about eating better, as a parent, it can be hard coming up with healthy foods that kids will eat willingly—you’re certainly not alone if your child runs at the sight of a carrot. So to freshen up your family’s eating habits, we’ve compiled a collection of family-friendly recipes that are as delicious as they are mindful of clean eating ideals.
Prosciutto Wrapped Frittata
These bites may sound gourmet, but they are surprisingly simple to make. Plus, what kid can resist a ham and egg breakfast they can eat with their hands?
Apple Breakfast Parfaits
This simple breakfast is filled with protein and fiber for keeping your child’s mind and body strong all day.
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
The pre-made breakfast sausage patties you can get at the grocery store are oftentimes filled with preservatives and numerous artificial flavorings. Replace those purchases with ingredients for healthy homemade sausage patties. Once they are made, freeze leftovers for a quick breakfast any morning of the week.
Cricket’s Breakfast Cake
This kid-friendly breakfast is more like a frittata than a cake. Once baked, use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes for a little added fun.
Avocado and Parmesan Pita Sandwich
Avocado and Parmesan make this sandwich deliciously healthy while a whole-wheat pita provides a fun hand-held meal.
Charcoal Grilled Shrimp
If your child is a shrimp eater, make sure to make a double batch of these beauties for dinner and then serve the leftovers cold for lunch during the week.
Roasted Peach Parfaits
The extra step to roast peaches may sound daunting, but it’s worth every second. These peaches become naturally sweetened when caramelized meaning the roasting will save you from adding tons of unwanted sugar to a nutritious, tasty dessert.
This delightful pasta meal takes only minutes to prepare and will be the envy of the school cafeteria. For an added boost, skewer the salad on bamboo skewers for a fun presentation.
Seaside Salmon Sliders
Have burger fanatics in your family? Indulge their love of the grill with these healthy salmon sliders.
Asian Express Beef Lettuce Wraps
These crunchy lettuce wraps are undeniable proof that finger foods don’t need to solely consist of chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks from the grocer’s freezer aisle.
Spinach and Toasted Walnut Pesto Pasta
Calling on healthy spinach, protein-packed walnuts, and whole-wheat pasta, this one-dish meal is a “lick the plate clean” kind of recipe.
Nora’s Grilled Chicken
This simple grilled chicken recipe is much healthier than it’s fried brethren found at fast food joints. Plus, it’s mellow on the seasonings, making it a great choice for picky eaters.
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
Quick and easy, this nutritious smoothie recipe cuts down on typical shake mainstays (ice cream and whole milk) in favor of greek yogurt, soy milk and almond butter.
Blood Orange and Honey Gummies
Sweet and tangy blood oranges are infused with golden honey to create treats so vibrant on their own that there is no need for food dye or preservatives.
Apple-Cran Granola Bars
Packed with a variety of perfectly textured ingredients, these granola bars are the perfect on-the-go snack.
Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather
Kids love fruit leather, and by making your own, you know exactly what’s in it. So what’s in this recipe? Blackberries, mint leaves, honey and lime. That’s it.
No-Bake Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars
These delicious and easy-to-make bars call on brown rice crisps and dark chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Your kids will never know this thick and creamy dessert is actually hiding good-for-you ingredients such as avocado and almond milk.
Made with all-natural nonfat yogurt and wholesome raspberries, this dessert is far from the additive-laden packaged desserts from the store aisles.
This Clean Eating Guide was composed by Meredith Steele, the talented blogger behind the beautiful and family-friendly In Sock Monkey Slippers.