8 healthy kid-friendly recipes to fuel exercise

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I was a notoriously picky eater as a kid; I only wanted to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Lucky Charms.

Much of that, though, I attribute to the fact that my parents owned a small business and were busy with working. There were plenty of nights where my folks didn’t do what we call “heavy-duty cooking.”

My mom had a list of about five different meals she’d make that didn’t take her a lot of time and she was confident she could knock ’em out in time to make sure the whole family was fed.

Let me tell you. As a 7-year-old, you get pretty tired of variations of spaghetti after about day three. More than anything, I wanted to have not-spaghetti, which is why I defaulted to wanting to eat the foods I knew I liked: PB and J and Lucky Charms.

Now, as an adult, I sympathize with my parents; I totally get the whole “no heavy-duty cooking tonight” concept.

Tomorrow (Sept. 24) is National Family Health and Fitness Day, which is the perfect time to talk about cooking up some healthy food options the whole family will love. We’ve got eight recipes we think you’ll love, which won’t require a lot of “heavy-duty cooking,” and should bring the kids back for seconds.

1. Apple Bagel Sandwich

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Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack, the kids can even help make this one. Stop by an apple orchard with the family and pick some fresh local apples to make it extra special. Find the recipe here.

2. Sticky Bun Chia Seed Pudding

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This recipe requires chilling overnight for the pudding to set-up, but it’ll be worth the wait. You can serve this for breakfast, or as an after meal treat. Find the recipe here.

3. Pumpkin Waffles

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Halloween is right around the corner, and pumpkin-spiced everything is already here. Get the kids in on the pumpkin train with these tasty waffles. If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can always toss them on the griddle and make pancakes. Find the recipe here.

4. Krispie Fish “Fingers” with Lemon Mayo Dip

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Fish fingers are one of those foods that kids just love to eat. You don’t have to have a lot of free time to make this staple. Plus, you can make extra and freeze them for later. Find the recipe here.

5. Oh Boy, Squash!

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With the arrival of fall comes squash. You may be lucky and be growing your own, but if you’re not then you can easily get some fresh from the market. Enjoy this seasonal treat with the kids while you can! Find the recipe here.

6. Puffed Rice Snowballs

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It’s a little early to start talking about snowballs, but these rice treats are wonderful year round. Find the recipe here.

7. Healthy Cheesy Crackers

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These crackers are a great replacement snack for baked crackers that you buy at the store. The recipe makes about 100 at a time, but you may run out of them faster than you think! Find the recipe here.

8. Easy Sweet and Salty Granola

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Granola is an easy way to get kids to eat healthy grains, and these granola treats are sure to give your kids an energy boost. These make an excellent addition to any lunch box, or are a great snack before dinner. Find the recipe here.<

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