18 of the Best Ever Clean Eating for Kids and Kids at Heart Recipes. I have plenty to choose from for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks and YOUR kids will love eating them. If your family is on a Clean Eating diet, it can be difficult to find recipes that children can and will eat. I hope this list is useful to you and your family.
I also have links to other recipes that I think kids like, at least mine do, that I think will be helpful to you. One way I get my children to eat foods they wouldn’t normally eat is to give them healthy options when they are hungry.
For example, when they are starving and you’re making dinner and you may be tempted to say they shouldn’t eat anything before dinner. Tell them the only thing they can have before dinner is vegetables. When I do that, if my kids are hungry enough, they chow down on mini carrots and snap peas. No forcing required.
I have found that kids prefer foods that are simple, not spicy or hard to chew. My kids really like finger foods – maybe because they are easier to eat and they don’t have to use a fork or spoon.
I know kids that don’t like anything mixed together like a casserole. If I serve them the main ingredients of the casserole separately they will eat them just fine. That way they can eat the ingredients we are having but in a kid-friendly way.
That’s why I tried to find recipes like that, that your kids will love too. Of course, kids always want sweets but if the sweets are real food and don’t have too much unhealthy sugar in them, I say why not?
That’s why Clean sweets are better than others because the sugar in Clean Eating recipes is unprocessed. Some of these clean recipes use fruit in place of sugar, now that’s a win-win situation for us as parents and the kids. I love most of these too.
My kid’s favorites listed here are for pizza, cookies and ice cream. My daughter’s most favorite is taco soup. They are all wonderful, taste great and are actually healthy and avoid processed foods. Go ahead give them all a try.
I hope you enjoy these and I hope you can find several that become your favorites and hopefully even avoid a night of eating at a fast food restaurant.
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Clean Eating for Kids Recipes
9 Clean Eating for Kids Dinner Recipes
1. Healthy Mac and Cheese Butternut Squash – Clean Eating Recipes
Whole Wheat Macaroni – Butternut Squash – Whole Wheat Flour – Milk – Cheddar Cheese – Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
This is not your typical macaroni and cheese. It has added butternut squash which makes it so you don’t need as much cheese, plus it makes it way more healthy. My kids gobble it up and don’t even care or realize how healthy it is.
2. Quinoa Pizza Bites – Live Well Bake Often
These pizza bites are really easy to make especially if you use leftover quinoa that’s already cooked. I haven’t tried it but I think this would work with cooked rice too. If your kids don’t like quinoa then it might be worth a try. If it doesn’t take shape you might need to add an extra egg. I like the idea of serving some marinara sauce on the side to dip it in. They are kind of like having your own little personal pizza cup. Yum
3. Healthy Taco Soup Slow Cooker Recipe – My Natural Family
This soup is a favorite of my whole family. My whole family I mean not only my children but also extended family. When we have a family party this is one of our top go-to recipes. Adults and kids alike love it. My mom makes this every other week because she has to eat gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.
This is one of the few meals she can eat and she depends on it. She just leaves out the toppings. This taco soup is so so easy to make and it’s still clean. You just open a bunch of cans of beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce, add some spices and ground beef and you’re done. Let it simmer for a few minutes and BAM dinner is ready just like that.
4. 30-Minute Easy Homemade Clean Eating Chili – My Natural Family
This chili recipe is also really quick and easy to make. If you can open a can of beans, you’ve got it made. Haha, get it. Seriously all you do is open a bunch of different kinds of cans of beans and throw them and some spices and ground beef into a pan and let it cook a few minutes and you’re done.
5. Taco Pizza Recipe with Spicy Marinara Sauce – Clean Eating Recipes
Taco pizza is seriously so good. I don’t understand why pizza places don’t include it on their menu. They are really missing out but you don’t have to. You can make your own and it will be clean too.
6. Veggie Paleo Meatloaf Muffins – My Natural Family
I really like the flavors I get with the combination of ground pork and ground turkey rather than using ground beef. It’s a really nice flavor. I get tired of ground beef all the time plus it’s a good idea to eat a variety of foods nutritionally. These meatball muffins are great for family dinner or parties.
They can be made ahead of time and heated up. That’s a good thing for parties or when you need a quick healthy meal. I think they are good for practically any time of the day. I like how they are made in muffins pans which makes them in uniform shapes. Plus it is a good way to get portion control if that’s important to you. They are great for snacks, lunch or even breakfast. Such a great idea!
7. The Very Best Ever Clean Eating Pizza Muffins – Clean Eating Recipes
Kids love muffins and kids love pizza so when you combine the two they are going to really be excited to eat these. The fact is if I want to eat any of these when I make them I need to be really quick or they will disappear really fast around my house. I like them warm best so that makes it easy for me to grab some before they are gone.
8. Cheese Burger Pasta – The Gracious Pantry
Ground Beef or Turkey – Whole Milk – Whole Grain Macaroni – Cheddar Cheese – Hamburger Helper Mix
Included is a recipe for homemade hamburger helper mix to replace those chemical filled mixes you buy in the store. Did you know that cheddar cheese is colored with Annatto seed and not colored with food coloring so it is easily clean eating.
9. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough – Gimme Some Oven
This is easy to make, contains no refined flour and sweetened naturally with honey. Great if you’re trying to cut out refined flour in your diet.
9 Clean Eating for Kids Dessert Recipes
1. Wendy’s Copycat Dairy Free Frosty – My Natural Family
I love easy this recipe is. Just throw a few things in the blender and you have an instant dessert. You’ll save a lot of money because you won’t have to go to Wendy’s anymore. Plus this recipe has got to be a lot healthier because it’s clean. This is a relatively healthy treat that as a family we like to eat. It is particularly good for my son because he is trying to limit his dairy intake. He likes this copycat recipe almost as much as he like regular ice cream. This is a lot healthier for the whole family.
2. Baked Donuts – Grounded and Surrounded
This recipe took six months to be perfect. But I have to say they are not exactly like bakery bought doughnuts. My kids are used to eating healthy most of the time so they gobble them up. But if your kids are used to healthy homemade desserts they may not like them as much as mine do.
3. Strawberry Watermelon Lime Popsicles – One Lovely Life
Watermelon – Strawberries – Lime
These healthy, bright fresh watermelon popsicles are a really great choice for a warm-weather treat. They are made with one hundred percent fruit and help balance your electrolytes naturally.
4. Homemade Bear Paws Cookies – The Fit Housewife
When I have time to make homemade cookies my kids love it when I make these. They are full of only wholesome ingredients. I put these cookies in my kids school lunches. I also like to serve them for a healthy treat or an after-school snack.
5. Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Sugar-Free Ice Cream – Clean Eating Recipes
I love how this only has 4 ingredients (see above) and the only sugar is from the bananas. The trick is in the technique. You get lots of flavor without the sugar. Plus, you can do it in your blender! No ice cream maker necessary. You only need four ingredients and sugar is not one of them. You can even use overripe bananas if you want to. This ice cream is even healthy because it is made with fruit and of course it’s dairy-free.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Food Charlatan
If you think the oats need to be smaller to make these cookies taste better. All you have to do is zap the old fashioned oats in the blender for a few seconds and you’ll have much smaller oats. Just don’t zap them too long or you’ll have oat flour. Old fashioned oats are way healthier because they haven’t been processed as many time as quick oats. That’s why they are bigger.
7. Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream with Rhubarb Swirl – My Natural Family
This ice cream is made with coconut milk which makes it really creamy plus it’s dairy-free. The bananas and strawberries make it sweet and flavorful and the rhubarb gives it a little tangy kick. Five ingredients that are all good and natural makes it’s both easy to make and healthy. If you really don’t like rhubarb you could substitute another fruit that you think would be good. I would consider raspberries or peaches or extra strawberries.
8. Best Ever Sweet Potato Brownies Clean Eating and Dairy-Free Recipe – My Natural Family
Sweet Potato – Eggs – Spelt Flour – Chocolate Chips – Coconut Milk
Just look at these! Doesn’t the photo say it all? It’s one of my most popular recipes. I love the moist, fudgy brownie and the rich frosting. These sweet potato brownies will at least give your kids one serving of vegetables for the day. Seriously the sweet potatoes help make these brownies moist and yumilicious. I just made that work up:) They a super decadent and oh so soft. Topped with ganache frosting made with only coconut milk and chocolate chips. So easy even the kids can make them.
9. Waffle Cones Recipe – The Gracious Pantry
Eggs – Sucanat Sugar – Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
I bet my kids would love it if I made these for them! Plus, these don’t have that many ingredients. Better yet, I should have my children make them for themselves. That would be a fun idea.
I hope your kids really like these Clean Eating for Kids recipes. I know that mine do. They helped me choose which ones I should use for the post.