Now we are back again for the second part of our food makeovers. If you missed our first post, you can find it here. I have had some great success at my house in food makeovers lately so I know you can too. My kids loved the cheesy sauce and gobbled down the thumbprint cookies. When you find healthy recipes that you can really enjoy, it is so much easier to incorporate those eating habits into a lifestyle. So let try some new ones shall we?
Oh, the summertime joy of every child! Maybe this year you can play with topping like these recipes.
Hot Dog Kebabs from Mr. Food
Backyard Farmer Hot Dog from My Recipes. This one may appeal to adults more but it could give you inspiration for the kids.
For the adventurous, you can try making your own healthy dogs and there are always the ketchup and BBQ sauce from our last makeover post.
Carrot Hot Dogs from Clean Eating Veggie Girl. Using carrots for hot dogs may seem the craziest idea ever but I’ve even seen them served at an eatery in Los Angeles.
Make at Home Vegetarian Hot Dogs from Baked In.
A new study in Pediatrics found that pizza was the 2nd highest source of calories for ages 2-18.1 These numbers were for 2003-2010 but I don’t think our pizza eating habit changed much for the better since then. So besides eating less pizza, you can make it a bit healthier.
Load it with vegetable toppings.
Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza from Sally’s Baking Addiction. This also included how to make a whole wheat pizza crust.
Change out the crust. I’ve seen recipes for all kinds of veggies in the crust and I think more veggies is always better.
Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Comfort of Cooking. These small pizza work great for parties or little appetites.
Personal Pan Cauliflower Pizza Crust from Oatmeal with a Fork.
Or make your own sauce. Now you know what is in it and can adjust the taste to suit you. It is also super easy and fast.
Homemade Pizza Sauce from The Comfort of Cooking. You can even freeze this ahead of time and pull it out when you need it for pizza or dip.
Top it off with something better. Ice cream has enough sugar without adding a bunch of extra. Try topping it with fresh fruit, all fruit jam, nuts, or unsweetened shredded coconut.
Make your own. Some of these recipes are not technically ice cream but the kids will still enjoy the frozen pops.
Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Two Peas in their Pod. I always have a freezer stock of overripe bananas. You can usually buy them discounted at the store.
Fresh Fruit Pops from Recipe by Photo
Banana Blueberry Smoothie Pops from Reason to Skip the Housework. Super easy and delicious.
Now that you have started, you can find more makeover ideas at on our Pinterest board. Please share all your makeover successes or (hopefully not) failures in the comments.
- Engel, Meredith. “U.S. Youth Eating Too Much Pizza: Study.” New York Daily News. 19 Jan 2015. Web. 19 Jan 2015. (Read the article online here. You can also read the study abstract here.)