15 Kid Friendly Foods

Kid friendly foods can be challenging, especially when you want your menu to have variety and be nutritious.  But there are a few tried and true food options that every campsite should add to their menus to make them more kid friendly.  Think of others?  Add them to the comments so everyone can benefit!

Breakfast:

  1. Mini Pancakes.  If you get frozen pancakes, consider going for mini ones instead.  Kids LOVE mini pancakes.  Be sure to provide a source of protein and fresh fruit as well.
  2. Waffles.  Kids love to fill in the squares.  Once again, include a source of protein and fresh fruit.  This is a good one to provide berries for on top.
  3. French Toast Sticks.  Not plain French toast, it has to be sticks.  If you can, give campers little cups for syrup so they can dunk their French toast more easily.  This is one where it is easy to substitute whole grain French toast sticks because campers don’t notice the different color as easily.
  4. Cinnamon Rolls.  If you want them to be less unhealthy, limit the amount of frosting you put on top of them.  This is a good breakfast to include scrambled eggs with.
  5. Breakfast Sandwiches (unmade).  Kids think they’re cool.  But be certain you don’t make them up and instead allow campers to choose what they want in their sandwiches.  Use turkey sausage and cheddar cheese to make them better for you.

Lunch:

  1. Quesadillas.  Offer lettuce, tomato, salsa, peppers, olives, etc. for on top.  Using whole wheat tortillas will make this a healthier option.  If you want to add meat to the meal, make them chicken quesadillas.
  2. Grilled cheese and tomato soup.  Be sure to offer a bunch of fresh veggies with this meal.
  3. Cold Sandwiches.  This meal provides a chance for campers to load on the veggies if they want, but to have none if they don’t.  It is also a good one for your kitchen staff because it has a lot less prep than most meals.
  4. Sloppy Joes.  Everyone knows that sloppy joes are the camp tradition; for that reason alone, most campers will be willing to try them.  Use ground turkey instead of beef to improve nutritional value and offer great side options.
  5. Breaded chicken (nuggets, strips, or burgers).  Breaded chicken of all types is possibly the most common camp food; that’s because almost every camper will eat it.  Bake your breaded chicken instead of frying to improve nutritional value.  Also consider veggie nuggets instead of chicken nuggets.  Most campers can’t tell the difference, but they are much better for you.

Supper:

  1. Pasta.  Spaghetti with tomato sauce is eaten in most homes, and therefore a pretty safe bet.  There are great pastas available now that have extra vitamins and veggies packed right in, without a noticeable color or taste difference.
  2. Tacos.  Or nachos.  Or fajitas.  The basic idea is to have a tortilla of some kind loaded with meat, cheese, and veggies.  If you are looking for something that can be eaten outside, consider walking tacos.  This uses individual chip bags and all the goodies are dumped right in the bag.  Offer beans as an alternative to beef.
  3. Homemade Pizza.  This allows you to closely control the ingredients used, and campers almost always love pizza.
  4. BBQ.  Pulled pork or beef sandwiches are a pretty safe bet.  They are not very nutritionally sound, so be sure to offer plenty of veggies and maybe a fruit dessert.
  5. Grill out (hamburgers and hot dogs).  If you want to make this healthier, use turkey hot dogs and chicken breasts.  Instead of serving chips with your meal, consider veggies, watermelon, or other fruits.

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