We’re still celebrating Mother’s Day — a special day to honor motherhood, maternal bonds, and the incredible influence mothers have on our society — over at 8fit. To all of the 8fit mommas out there, thank you for all of your hard work and selfless love. We salute you!
As a small token of our appreciation for all of the beauty you’ve contributed to this world, we’ve compiled a list of meals and snacks to enjoy with the whole family. Skeptical? Don’t worry. We know children are picky eaters and that sometimes the whole family just isn’t on board with healthy eating. That’s why each recipe is simple, tasty and heaps of fun-to-prepare.
So, go ahead and celebrate Mother’s Day — or every day — by making cooking an interactive hands-on activity. It’s a great way to bond and motivate your family to eat more healthy.
Family-friendly breakfast ideas
Pancakes are one of those recipes that are really easy to make healthful. These Banana Pancakes with Topping have wholesome applesauce, banana, and oats. Each of those ingredients contains fiber, which will keep you regular and introduce happy gut bacteria.
Kids love smoothies — heck, who are we kidding, everyone loves smoothies! This Greek Yogurt and Berry Smoothie contains flax seeds that will nourish your kids with plant-based omega-3, which is important for their developing brains.
Main dishes your kids will love
Pizza is an easy, popular and playful meal to make — especially when you don’t need to make the dough from scratch. This Sweet Corn, Chicken and Mozzarella Pizza will tantalize everyone’s taste buds. Though one ingredient in there, cilantro, may not appeal to the whole family. The reason for some people’s aversion to this noteworthy herb may be genetic. Almost 15% of the population thinks cilantro tastes soapy, so if you and your family fall in that percentage, simply omit it from the recipe or use another fresh herb such as basil.
This nutritious version of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, our Strawberry Peanut Butter Quesadillas, will have your kids fighting fit and smiling from ear to ear. The immune-boosting vitamin C from the strawberries will help prevent the common cold.
You’ve heard it before: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s because apples are full of pectin, a fiber that helps prevent cardiovascular disease. Make these scrumptious Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and keep your family healthy, happy and satisfied.
Pro tip: When cooking at high temperatures, oils can get damaged and turn into dangerous carcinogens. We recommend using heat-friendly coconut oil when grilling the sandwich. Other oil options include avocado, butter (or ghee) and expeller-pressed canola oil.
Healthy homemade snacks for kids
Snack time can be difficult. There are a lot of unhealthy, processed snacks out there wrapped in attractive packaging and luring unsuspecting shoppers with clever ads or promotional gimmicks. Make snack time healthier by creating fun treats with your kids. We like this spin on a classic: Red Ants on a Log. 8fit’s recipe contains unsweetened peanut butter, an excellent source of magnesium to help your little ones build healthy bones.
Challenge your kids to an apple stacking competition with this Apple “Sandwich” Snack. In between each layer is a smear of peanut butter, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and a dusting of cinnamon. Pumpkin seeds are great sources of mood-boosting tryptophan. In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the pumpkin seeds, they should be eaten raw.
Most store-bought cookies contain loads of sugar, which makes kids moody and cranky once the sugar high passes. This Peanut Butter Banana Cookie recipe is naturally sweetened with bananas and contains protein to help regulate blood sugar and prevent pesky tantrums.
Pro tip: Make a big batch of these healthy cookies by increasing the serving size in your 8fit app by 3 or 4 and keep them around as a yummy (and nutritious) treat for your family.
We’re always so inspired by you, our community of 8fitters, and would love to see photos of you cooking 8fit meals with your family. Share your photos with us on social media!