Kids turning away from spinach? We have you covered! Check out our healthy spinach recipes for babies and kids, perfect for all the fussy eaters out there!
If there’s one thing kids all over the world run from, it’s greens in their food! No one knows why, but many kids pick out the green things in their dish, especially if it’s something leafy, like spinach. But this is only making them miss out on some super valuable nutrients!
The best way to solve this problem is 1) introduce spinach early in your baby’s diet and 2) sneak it in your kids’ diet creatively. Today, we are going to tackle the latter – with some easy, creative and healthy spinach recipes for babies and kids.
35 Healthy Spinach Recipes for Babies and Kids
Healthy Spinach Recipes for Babies Under One Year
The first way any vegetable gets introduced in most babies’ diets is through a puree, and it’s no different for spinach! However, this one combines another common fussy food – broccoli, so you can target both in one go!
This recipe from Baby Foode adds the perfect touch of sweetness to spinach by including apple in the puree. By now, most babies are already used to the taste of apple, making this a tad more familiar to the palate.
Give your baby a protein packed meal with this spinach paneer combo from GK Food Diary! You can make it a little thicker or chunkier so baby has some fun chewing those bits of paneer and vegetable.
Lentils are often a part of Stage 1 weaning foods, and they’re a great way to add some protein and bulk to any other meal, just like Jenna Helwig has done here by incorporating red lentils with spinach.
Did you think green smoothies were only for weight watchers? Think again! Baby Foode gives us a recipe for baby’s very first green smoothie, which is also a good one to try if you’ve been thinking of going the smoothie route!
One of the best things about this dal spinach soup from Yummy Tummy Aarthi is the addition of garlic. Garlic not just adds flavor to the soup, it also possesses healing properties and is a great food for cough and cold.
Khichdi is the ultimate comfort food – even for babies! It also makes the perfect balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein and micro nutrients, since it contains rice, lentils and in this case, spinach!
Once your little one is old enough for finger food, these spinach oat pancakes make a good breakfast. The best part is that they can also be shared with older siblings who can top it with whatever condiments they like!
These yogurt melts use an unlikely ingredient – spinach! They’re very easy to make and end up being a pretty green color. Get the full recipe from Because I Said So Baby.
Baby puffs are a popular finger food and Buona Pappa makes these with spinach, pear and oats. So you get a quick, crunchy snack that’s loaded with nutrition!
Who says donuts are unhealthy? Certainly not these spinach donuts from Inspiralized! Sweetened with banana, the little hole in the center makes it perfect for little fingers to hold.
Spinach and eggs make a great combination and once your little one has been introduced to eggs, try out this fluffy scrambled egg recipe from Happy Family Organics.
Frittatas don’t necessarily have to be an adult brunch recipe – Haute and Healthy Living turns it into the perfect finger food for babies and toddlers by adding spinach and zucchini!
We love how cute these quiches from Baby Led Feeding look! The best part is you can customize them by adding any vegetable you like – it’ll get gobbled up by kids without even knowing what’s inside!
Avocado makes a great creamy pasta sauce, and the addition of spinach brings out the beautiful green color. Check out the recipe of this baby friendly meal from Megs Meal Planning.
Healthy Spinach Recipes for Toddlers and Kids
Winters call for something hearty but at the same time warm and comforting. We can’t think of anything better than this cream of spinach soup!
17. Spinach Fritters
Serve these spinach fritters on a plate with tomato ketchup and your picky eater won’t even realize he’s eating a bunch of leafy greens!
No kid will say no to cheese, making it the perfect vehicle to transport some spinach into their system! Super Healthy Kids has a fun recipe for cheesy spinach bites that actually look quite appetizing!
Sweet potatoes are another nutritious vegetable that kids tend to run from, unless they’re disguised as potatoes. Physical Kitchness solves this problem by combining spinach and sweet potato into a kid-friendly dish!
How yummy do these spinach balls look? This recipe from Sweet as Honey works well as a snack or a side dish, on its own or served with some tomato sauce on the side.
Most kids like sweet corn thanks to its mild sweetness, making these fritters from BBC Good Food a good bet for your fussy eater! The recipe is easy enough to make ahead and serve as an after school snack.
Serve a platter of these nuggets at your next kiddie party or play date and watch the kids gobble them up! A Mindfull Mom shows us that it’s not just chicken nuggets that are a crowd pleaser!
23. Spinach Muthia
Yummy Tummy Aarthi brings us muthia, or a dumpling recipe made with spinach and traditional spices. This is a nice hearty and warming snack perfect for winters.
If you need something to amp up the protein at your next meal, try out these chickpea and spinach tikkis from Great Secret of Life. They’re filling and packed with nutrients that kids often lack in.
Here’s one for the lunchbox! Chef and Her Kitchen brings together the classic combination of spinach and sweet corn in sandwich format. Grill it for the perfect crunchy exterior to match the creamy inside.
26. Green Smoothie Waffles
There’s no complicated recipe for this waffle recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen – just put everything in a blender and pour on the waffle iron! The kids won’t even imagine in their wildest dreams that there’s spinach inside!
Kids asking for cake? Weelicious shows us a way to give them spinach in a cake and eat it too! These green cake muffins are sure to catch the kids’ attention and garner their curiosity.
If sweet muffins with spinach aren’t what your kids will like, then check out this savory version from Southern in Law. These are quite hearty, packed with veggies and cheese and make a great filling breakfast.
Pasta is every Mom’s sure fire way to sneak in veggies their kids won’t eat, and this recipe from Love, Alfa does the same with spinach! The addition of basil adds an extra zing to the dish.
Spinach, pancakes and pizza – what’s the connection? Well, it’s this recipe from The Natural Nurturer that’ll have the fussiest eater interested in what’s on his plate!
31. Spinach Phulka
Nearly every Indian home makes chapathi at least a few times a week, which is why this spinach phulka is an easy way to include spinach in your kids’ diet.
These spinach coriander dosas from Kurry Leaves look so crispy they could make anyone salivate – even super fussy eaters! The taste of the spinach is subtle, and kids won’t realize it’s hidden.
33. Spinach Moong Dal Idli
These spinach moong dal idlis form Tanus Recipes pack in quite a punch in terms of nutrition. The recipe uses Eno salt to make the idlis rise. You may skip it but it may affect the end result.
34. Spinach Rice
This is one of the easiest recipes you can put together on a busy morning to pack in the lunch box! Kitchen Docs has all the instructions to make this simple yet nutritious dish.
This is another recipe that’s going to be a hit at your next kiddie gathering. DIY n Crafts stuffs mushrooms with cheese and spinach, making them a hit with kids everywhere.