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Which Better-for-You Meal Is Perfect for Your Kid?

Whether you’re dealing with a pizza lover or a taco fanatic, all it takes is a little creativity to persuade your little one to experiment with different food groups. Select their go-to meal and what you wish they’d eat more of, and we’ll serve you up some easy ideas to make it happen with fresh ingredients from Walmart.

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My kid likes:

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Pizza: Vegetables

Use a Veggie-Full Crust

Sneak some extra nutrients into your pizza lover’s palate by subbing out a standard crust for a cheesy cauliflower one instead. It’ll still look and taste like the delicious pizza they know and love.

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Tip 1:

Whip up a secret sauce by pureeing carrots, onions, and spinach with tomato sauce for a base loaded with veggies.

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Sprinkle a handful of their favorite vegetables on top of the pie (but keep it light-too much may discourage them from eating it!).

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Pizza: Protein

Make a Protein-Packed BBQ Chicken Pizza

Chicken is a great source of protein, whether it’s on its own, in a salad, or on a pizza. Try a BBQ chicken pizza for a tasty twist on your little one’s favorite dish. Get creative by throwing some fresh veggies and herbs on top, like red onion and cilantro.

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Turn your kiddo’s favorite high-protein vegetables, like mushrooms or broccoli, into pizza toppings.

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Sub pesto instead of your standard tomato sauce—it’s high in protein and perfect on pizza!

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Pizza: Grains

Make Perfect Pizza Bowls

Transform your kiddo’s pizza pie into a pizza bowl by using an ancient grain like quinoa as the base. Add sauce, cheese, all of their go-to veggies and meats, and bake until melted. New look, same delicious flavors.

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Use a multigrain pizza crust, or try multigrain burrito tortillas instead.

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Make personal pizzas using multigrain English muffins.

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Taco: Vegetables

Swap the Meat for Mushrooms

Let your little one veg out by opting for diced mushrooms instead of ground beef. Cook them with a chopped onion and taco seasoning, and then pile on your kiddo’s favorite toppings during assembly!

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Sprinkle riced cauliflower on the bottom of the taco shell instead of traditional rice.

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Load up your kid’s taco with their go-to veggies (think: lettuce, onions, and peppers). Bonus points if they try something new!

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Taco: Protein

Go Green with Guacamole

Add some color to your next taco night and some protein to your kiddo’s favorite dish with premade (or homemade!) guacamole. Avocados contain some of the highest levels of protein found in fruit, so they’re an easy way to beef up any meal.

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Grab ground chicken instead of ground beef for a protein boost.

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Beans are packed with protein, too. Add a scoop of refried or black beans to your kiddo’s go-to taco.

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Taco: Grains

Make Multigrain Nachos

Transform Taco Tuesday into Nacho Night. Use multigrain tortilla chips instead of corn chips to get more grains into your taco lover’s diet. Then pile on the cheese, their favorite meat, and toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream for a dinner that won’t disappoint.

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Turn your kid’s taco into a bowl using quinoa or brown rice as a base.

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Swap flour or corn tortillas for multigrain ones.

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Hamburger: Vegetables

Wrap It Up

Burgers are delicious with or without the bun—and your kiddo will think so, too! Try subbing a large piece of iceberg lettuce, and making a hamburger lettuce wrap. The taste of the lettuce won’t distract from the savory patty, and your kiddo might even start associating greens with great food!

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Sneak chopped veggies like carrots and onions into the burger patty before cooking.

Tip 2:

Ditch the meat altogether for a grilled portabella mushroom patty.

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Hamburger: Protein

Mix Up the Meat

Ground beef isn’t the only meat that makes for a great burger. Whip up ground chicken burgers, which contain more protein than red meat versions, so your kiddo can get more out of mealtime while still enjoying their favorite food. And don’t forget to top them off with cheese! That’s a great source of protein, too.

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Round out your child’s burger with protein-packed toppings like avocado or a fried egg.

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Add high-protein veggies like spinach or diced mushrooms to the hamburger meat before cooking.

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Hamburger: Grains

Make a Burger Bowl

Put a delicious and nutritious twist on your little one’s go-to entrée by serving up a juicy hamburger patty and cooked veggies like onions and peppers over a bed of quinoa instead of a bun. Quinoa is an ancient grain that’s high in protein and fiber, so it’s a win all around!

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Make quick and easy quinoa “burger” patties for a meatless spin on this family favorite.

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Snag whole-wheat buns instead of white, or serve the patty on hearty multigrain bread.

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