10 Foods that Kids Love & Their Hearts Love, Too!


Image courtesy of Cindy Silver, MS, RD, LDN

It’s Heart Month! So, I put together a list of 10 foods that will delight your kids as well as care for their precious hearts. Think about my list and then, of course, tweak it for your family. It’s all about encouraging kids to enjoy food, appreciate its many flavors and learn the basics of good nutrition!

10 Heart Month Foods for Your Grocery List

Grapefruit – This is a yummy dessert with a little brown sugar on top, broiled until warm.

Grapes – They make a sweet addition to a peanut butter sandwich, instead of jam, or as a cracker & cream cheese topper. Always cut grapes in half for kids < 3 years old.

Strawberries – They say ‘I love you’ as Valentine’s Day dessert, dipped into melted chocolate chips.

Tomatoes – They may be chopped up and added to a Homemade Marinara Sauce for spaghetti night dinner.

Eggplant – See if your kids can identify this unique vegetable on a grocery shopping trip. Then, add it in chunks to a sheet pan of roasting vegetables.

Sweet peppers – The mini-version of these is super sweet and makes a natural dipper for Easy Homemade Hummus.

Radishes – They are crunchy with a bit of a spicy kick. Natural dippers, again, with hummus.

Popcorn – This whole grain snack makes a home movie night, car trip, or kids’ party tons of fun.

Salmon – A simple salmon filet grilled or broiled with a brush-on glaze of orange juice, honey, soy sauce, or all 3, makes a supper kids will adore.

Corn Tortillas – These toast nicely in the oven or toaster oven for a quick, full-of-flavor and economical corn chip.

What red foods will be on your Valentine’s Day menu?

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian who served on Piedmont Parent's 2015 Fit Family Challenge expert panel. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest and visit her website.

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About This Blog

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian. She is the owner of Market Basket Nutrition, a nutrition education business, and is a Nutrition Services Provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. 

She works with families to help them master the skills of good nutrition for healthier and happier lives. She believes that everyone can improve their nutrition and feel better by taking time to write tasty and healthy menus, get more organized in the grocery store and then cook simple and delicious meals at home. 

She also enjoys fresh air exercise, cooking, gardening, traveling and kids. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their son is a senior at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, NC. Visit her website at marketbasketnutrition.com.

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