Every Tuesday is a taco night with us! We all can't wait to be there, the kids know it's coming and we have fun with the endless possibilities of kid-friendly tacos.
There's something about eating with your hands, being responsible for building your own taco, and the potential mess kids love.
Tacos can be simple, quick to assemble, and great for teach your children to cook. Before we dive into an easy ground beef taco recipe, we'll take a look at my top tips for kid-friendly tacos and strategies for getting your kids excited about this dish.
Maybe tacos will even become a regular part of your weekly meal plan!
Taco tips suitable for children!
That you have fine mouths, kids who prefer “deconstructed” meals or looking to make taco night a little healthier, here are some ideas to help you out.
1. Keep the ingredients real and fresh
An emphasis on real food for kids will help them increase their nutrient intake and establish a healthy relationship with food.
What I love about tacos is that you can keep the ingredients very simple or let your creativity run wild - all while choosing whole, colorful foods! There are so many possibilities for different flavor combinations.
Quality ground meat browned in healthy cooking fats (like coconut or avocado oil), topped with chopped fresh veggies and served in a soft tortilla or hard shell of your choice - go for those that don't. don't have any inflammatory oils, fillers or preservatives. We like Siete Foods brand for a grain-free option.
2. Let the children help you choose the ingredients for the taco.
I like to think of tacos in three parts: the base, the protein and the toppings.
The base is what holds or supports the taco toppings. It could be a soft tortilla, a hard shell, or even a bed of lettuce or a serving of rice.
The protein can be ground beef or turkey. It can be baked or grilled fish, grated chicken or pulled pork.
Toppings are where tacos really take flight.
- Chopped dark leafy green vegetables
- Shredded cabbage (purple or green)
- Freshly made diced tomatoes or salsa
- Chopped peppers or jalapenos
- Lawyer or Guacamole for a crowd
- Sliced olives (black or green)
- Diced green or red onions
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime juice
- Grated cheese
Children don't need too many choices, but when they are part of the meal planning process and can voice their opinion, they are often much more likely to participate in the diet as well.
3. make your own seasoning
Store bought taco seasonings may include unknown preservatives, fillers, and ingredients. Making your own is easy, cost effective, and gives you not only control over what happens, but also how spicy the end result is.
4. Use taco racks to support them
When my boys were younger we had a lot of tears from tacos that fell apart and wouldn't stand up on the plate. Taco is to the rescue! These are my favorite taco stands (on Amazon), and they also have children's drawings to add a little fun to the table.
5. Serve as a taco bar
Tacos can become an experiential meal when it comes to creating your own topping bar. Skill develops at a young age when children can begin to prepare their own meals, including garnishing their tacos with whatever ingredients and amounts they choose.
How to involve your kids in making tacos
Tacos are a great meal to get your kids in the kitchen because there are so many ways for them to help, no matter how old they are. That you are cooking with toddlers or adolescents, anyone can be a part of the process.
Your youngest helper can help you wash and dry the produce, remove the cilantro leaves from the thick stems, and mix the spices to help make the seasoning mixture.
As children develop and learn more cooking skills, they can measure spices, chop vegetables (which demonstrates the safe use of the knife) and help prepare tortillas.
Kitchen safety is important when it's time to use the stove, but with the proper experience and instruction, older elementary school children can even brown ground beef. Before you know it, your kids can make ground beef tacos on their own from start to finish.
If you're looking for more kid-friendly taco ideas, be sure to check out my Children in the kitchen delivered!
And also try these recipes:
Moist Ground Beef Tacos Suitable for KidsImpression
A simple ground beef taco recipe with fresh and healthy toppings for kids to create their own.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (or avocado oil)
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 cupshredded purple cabbage
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 2 avocados, diced
- 1 cup sliced black olives
- 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
- 1 red pepper, diced
- A handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 - 6 oz of cheese, grated
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
- Choice of tortillas or shellfish
- Add coconut oil to a large skillet and melt over medium heat. Crumble the ground beef in the pan.
- While the meat begins to cook, combine the seasonings (chili powder with black pepper) in a small bowl.
- Stir the ground beef until cooked through (no longer pink), then add the seasoning mix, stirring until well combined.
- Place taco toppings in small to medium serving bowls.
- Reheat tortillas or shells according to directions.
- Place the tortillas or seashells, taco meat, lettuce / cabbage and all other toppings on a friendly counter or table so everyone can cook their own taco dinner!
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and nutrition. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and nutrition tips that are actually based on good méthode.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of saine eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how réactive you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 calories a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 kcal a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer kcal.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the calories of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these variétés of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy condiments on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some variétés of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main variétés of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All genres of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or calories ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer kcal. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more réactive. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Check whether you’re a saine weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in calories. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.