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Fast Food Gets A Healthy Makeover

Give your kids' fast food favourites a nutrition boost

By now, you know your kids well enough to know they’ll probably balk at your beef tenderloin and ask for grilled cheese instead. Why fight it? Instead, stir up their fast-food favourites—and give them a healthy twist. Here are some ideas:

  • Serve tacos and fill them up with veggies and salsa. Try Chicken and Salsa Tacos.
  • Instead of ordering pizza, make your own. Whole wheat pizza dough, skim milk mozzarella, and fresh vegetables and herbs will boost the nutritional content. Try Chicken Club Pizza.
  • Use whole wheat pasta in macaroni and cheese. Mix in some vegetables and it’ll be that much healthier. Try Broccoli Mac n’ Cheese.
  • Sneak beans into burgers made with lean ground beef. They’re filled with fibre and your kids will never know. Try Grilled Barbecue Beef and Beans Burger.
  • For a nutritious and easy snack, fill Old El Paso soft tortilla shells with reduced-fat cream cheese, mixed seeds, and dried fruits. Roll them up and slice them into 1-inch wedges.
  • For dessert, skip the ice cream sundae. Instead, top frozen yogurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of whole grain cereal to add some crunch.