Healthy Eating Tips Your Kids Will Love

Healthy Eating Tips Your Kids Will Love

Every mom wants good things for their children: a positive outlook on life, a healthy respect for authority, a strong sense of self, a disease-free body...a healthy body & mind. And with summer here, we have seemingly unlimited opportunities (er, expectations) to feed them around the clock. 

Despite our best intentions, a recent report suggests that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

With all the advances in medicine, how could this possibly be true? The blame falls squarely on today's toxic food environment.

In short, our kids are eating too much junk.

And who can blame them? Junk food tastes great.

The good news is that healthy food also tastes great. Take these simple tips and transform your child's diet into one that is packed with good health.

1) Add Color: Adding bright and colorful fruits and veggies to your child's plate will get their diet on the fast track to health. Fresh fruits and veggies are filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health. 

If your kids are resistant then make it fun. Serve veggies with salad dressing as a dip. Cut fresh fruit in the colors of the rainbow and place them on a skewer. Serve a color themed meal – all green, all red or all orange. Use your imagination and you'll come up with an endless number of ways to make fruits and veggies fun to eat. (Extra: if you're a member of our #nowicanmom community, you can get all sorts of fun ideas from fellow mamas! Click here - it will open in a new window.)

2) Think Whole Foods: Processed foods are the biggest problem with our modern diet. Packaged and refined food products are devitalized and filled with empty fillers that lead to all kinds of physical, emotional & behavioral problems. Unfortunately, processed foods make up a large portion of the diet of many children. 

Train your kids to opt for whole foods, rather than packaged ones. Whole foods are foods that are in their natural state. An apple. A piece of sprouted grain bread spread with natural peanut butter. A piece of hormone-free chicken. A bowl of beans. You get the idea.

I've had the most success by teaching my kids the benefits whole foods provide - like more energy to play, less illness, and more strength! It really helps when they see us enjoy them, too...

3) Use Wholesome Sweeteners: Refined sugar and corn syrup are packed into many of the foods that your kids love. But wait, there are more wholesome sweeteners available – sweeteners that add vitamins and minerals rather than empty calories. Think honey, ripe bananas, dates or organic maple syrup (but only if you must!)

4) Make Smart Substitutions: Kids love pizza and pasta and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and that's not going to change any time soon. Rather than fight your kids on their favorites, try making smart substitutions to make their favorites more nutritious.

Pizza: Up the nutritional content of your pizza by opting for wheat crust over white, adding veggies to the toppings and sticking with lean meat toppings. Avoid sauces with sugars and other junk - by the way, this has all the makings of a "DIY Pizza Night!"

Pasta: Use sprouted grain or whole grain pasta rather than traditional white pasta. Add veggies to your pasta sauce. Stick with red sauce, since white sauce is so high in fat, and again - read the labels.

PB&J: A PB&J, made with white bread using sugar-filled peanut butter and corn syrup-filled jelly is fairly void of any real nutritional value. Try our PB&J Makeover recipe instead for a sandwich that will provide real wholesome fuel for your child's day.

5) Ban Sugary Drinks: One of the best things that you can do for your child's good health is to instill in them a love for water rather than sugary drinks. Soda pop and juices are filled with empty calories that encourage all kind of negative effects. 

The easiest way to do this is to stock your house with lots of pure, filtered water. Don't have fruit drinks or soda pop readily available so that they grow accustom to drinking only water. Let them make their own flavors by adding fruit to soak!

While I presented these tips as improvements to be made to your child's diets, these tips will also do wonders for your diet. Try these 5 tips out for 30 days and I guarantee you'll look and feel better!

Parents all want good things for their children. Now how about doing something good for yourself as well? You are your child's biggest role model on how to live, for better or worse. If you'd like help in this area, please reach out!



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