Spinach is the perfect naturally green dye for baked goods and a simple add-in for savory dishes. Here are some simple spinach recipes for kids that are a great way of getting in that nutrient-dense veggie!
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Incorporating spinach into recipes is a great way to boost the nutritional value of a meal while adding a fun, bright color. If your little one is obsessed with all things Hulk, if you’re looking for some fun recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, or if you’re just looking for ways to get more spinach into your little one’s diet, I’ve got you covered with these 10 simple to make spinach recipes for kids!
BENEFITS OF SPINACH
Spinach is one of those veggies that people are always trying to include in their diets, but what exactly makes it so great? For one, it is an excellent source of iron. There are two types of iron, heme iron (which comes from animal flesh) and non-heme iron (which comes from plant-based foods). Spinach is a great source of non-heme iron which is essential for development. It is also rich in vitamins, folate, and potassium! These are some of my favorite spinach recipes for toddlers and babies that I hope your little ones love as well!
1. SPINACH BANANA PANCAKES
Blend spinach into your pancake batter for fun-colored, nutritious pancakes that your little ones are sure to love! These pancakes are soft and fluffy and the prefect way to start your morning!
2. SPINACH MINI QUICHE
Quiche is a great option for a savory make-ahead meal. I love making mini-sized quiches so that I can pull out small portions as needed to serve on busy mornings instead of having to reheat a whole pie. Spinach is a great easy add-in, but you can use any add-ins you have on hand!
3. SPINACH BANANA WAFFLES
Spinach and banana is a classic flavor combo that is a great way to incorporate veggies into your little one’s meals. Blend spinach into your waffle batter for fun-colored, nutritious waffles perfect for breakfast!
4. SPINACH BANANA MUFFINS
These spinach banana muffins are so simple to make and naturally sweetened with bananas. They are perfect to batch make and freeze for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack!
5. SPINACH COOKIES
Yes, you read that title right, Spinach Cookies! These cookies are bright green in color and sweetened with bananas. Add in a few chocolate chips for an extra sweet treat!
6. SPINACH APPLE PUFFS
These puffs are naturally sweetened with applesauce with a touch of cinnamon spice to bring out the apple flavor. They are the perfect snack for babies to develop and practice the pincer grasp!
7. SPINACH SCRAMBLED EGGS
Inspired by Dr. Suess’ book, these green eggs (without the ham) are a fun-colored breakfast idea. Their bright green color may not be that of your typical scrambled eggs, but they taste the same! Simply blend a small handful of spinach with 2-3 eggs and cook them like your normal morning eggs!
8. SPINACH PESTO PASTA
This spinach pesto sauce is so creamy and flavorful for a simple dinner meal. It is nutrient dense with a vibrant color that is a fun twist on standard tomato pasta sauce! I can’t promise that it’ll be less messy than traditional pasta sauce, but definitely tasty!
9. SPINACH CREPES
Crepes are a classic French treat, but blending some spinach makes them much more fun! I love filling them with yogurt and berries or using them as the base of banana rollups!
10. SPINACH “HULK” SMOOTHIE
Smoothies are a such and great and simple way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, and this spinach hulk smoothie is a favorite blend. It is packed with healthy fats and oats to keep your little ones fuller for longer.
I hope that you found these spinach recipes for kids helpful and that your little ones love any that you try out!
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