A perfect dinner for a cold day, chicken-noodle soup is another kid favorite. This classic soup can be homemade or from a can and usually includes chicken, noodles, carrots, celery and onions. Soups can be high in sodium, so look for reduced sodium varieties; encourage your children to have a glass of water with lunch or dinner to quench their thirst [source: Tanner-Blasiar].
Even though chicken is in the name of this meal, make sure that your soup actually has large chicken chunks. "Often times the protein is minimal because it is a little bit of chicken and a lot of broth," says Tanner-Blasiar. "If that is the case, think of a protein source to add with it." Protein-filled options include peanut butter with crackers or yogurt [source: Tanner-Blasiar].
While many kid favorites may not be very healthy, a few subtle changes can help to infuse those meals with the healthful qualities they were lacking.