Healthy Recipes & Tips for Healthy Eating

Behind the Counter at Jungle Joe’s: Our Favorite Healthy Recipes + Tips for Healthy Eating

At Jungle Joe’s we pride ourselves on offering many fresh meal options you won’t see everywhere. Unlike many other indoor play centers; we offer fruits, veggies, wraps and smoothies to provide you and your little ones with natural energy and wholesome fuel for hours of fun playtime. Next time you make a trip to Jungle Joe’s, be sure to try a tasty salad or refreshing power bowl! Here’s a peak into some of our favorite dishes:

Roasted Veggie Salad

Enjoy tasty freshness in every bite of this hand-tossed salad that features flavorful roasted veggies, shredded chicken breast and fresh tomatoes atop a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and spinach leaves. Top things off with feta cheese crumbles and our house-made balsamic dressing for a salad that’s so good, you’ll forget you’re eating healthy food!

Power Protein Bowl

Energize with this delicious bowl of shredded chicken breast, roasted veggies, quinoa, hummus and mozzarella cheese. This bowl is topped with fresh sliced avocado for a rich, creamy flavor that will keep you full and make you feel great! You can also enjoy these nutritious ingredients together as a wrap – just ask when you place your order!

Healthy Eating Tips for Kids (And Parents Too!)

In our world of fast food and microwaved meals, it’s easy to reach for convenient snacks rather than those that hold higher nutritional value. Once you add picky kids to the equation, getting your family to eat healthily can seem like quite the uphill battle. You may feel like it’s impossible to find delicious food that’s quick, accessible AND tasty, but there are many easy snack and habit swaps you can make to restructure your eating habits. Rather than switching from pizza to a plate of broccoli overnight, try implementing a few changes into your kids’ diets slowly, and work to educate them about healthy eating. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Sneak in Healthy Alternatives

If your little one is hesitant to try new things, or maybe hates the ‘green stuff’ on their plate, disguise these foods in a dish they’re familiar with. You can add extra vegetables to your favorite soup, mash carrots and peas up with mashed potato, or make apple slices more appetizing by pairing them with your favorite nut butter or caramel dip. The possibilities are endless!

Keep Healthy Snacks Handy

Be sure your refrigerator is always stocked with fresh fruits, veggies like carrots or celery, and healthy fruit juices or milk. Keeping these snacks around will help you and your children resist the temptation to reach for chips and soda (especially if those junk foods are no longer in the house!).

Cutback on Sugars, But Don’t Erase Them!

Most Americans in general consume too many refined sugars. Unfortunately, cutting sugar out of your family’s diet is both unpleasant and ineffective.  If you deny your child sweets at home, they’re more likely to overindulge when given the chance at school or a friend’s house. Instead, try giving your favorite recipes a ‘makeover’ by reducing the refined sugars or replacing them with more natural options like honey or maple syrup.

Make Time for Home Cooking

Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen, or you’ve never turned on your new oven, make an effort to prepare and eat more meals at home. In possible, include your kids in the meal planning and grocery shopping, so they understand what’s going in to the foods they eat each day. If you’re pressed for time or expertise in the kitchen, opt for the semi-homemade route. You can pick up pre-seasoned proteins, vegetable medleys and even meal kits from the grocery store. These products can be lifesavers when you need to whip up a fresh meal for the family.