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Healthy Kids: A Mom’s Secrets To Keeping Kids Healthy

Posted on April 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

We all want healthy kids. But what can we do to help them stay healthy? The average child gets sick 10 times a year. That number is simply too high and there is no reason why it should be that high. Once or twice a year colds or other viruses are understandable, but 10 times a year? Think of all the missed school for them and missed work for you and the fun family times that have to be rescheduled or canceled completely. There are some simple things we can do as parents to turn sick kids into healthy kids.

The first step to a healthy kid is a healthy diet. Kids need lots of good nutrition. Foods that are full of sugar, fat, starch, and are highly processed are not nutritious. Good nutrition starts at home. There are many simple little changes you can make immediately to get the entire family eating healthier. Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains need to be provided daily. It may seem easier and cheaper to buy the frozen, packaged and processed versions, but it’s really not. You will find that buying healthy is actually cheaper than buying junk. Look up some healthy recipes, make a shopping list and go to the store thinking healthy. Stay away from potato chips, soda and candy. Instead buy whole grain crackers, pretzels, and fresh fruits. We all crave salty and sweet treats, so use these healthy substitutes instead. Kids eat what is available to them; it is your job to make sure they have healthy choices.

The next step to a healthy kid is to focus on the environment around our children. Harmful hazards can be found all over the home. The first thing you need to do is go clean out your cabinets. Any cleaning products that are not safe need to go. Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. If your children have asthma or allergies they are especially susceptible to the irritating upper respiratory effects of toxic chemicals. I use only safe, non-toxic cleaning products in my home and would have it no other way. You don’t have to buy the expensive “all-natural” products, but buy from a brand you can trust. There are many safer products available, but not all are created equal. Look for products that are super-concentrated; they will give you the best bang for your buck and also help protect the environment.

Finally, healthy kids need adequate exercise. If they are home with you, get them up off the couch and moving with you. There are plenty of easy, kid-friendly exercise videos available to choose from or you can make up your own routine. My kids and I like to play tag, take walks, and go to the park. If the weather is bad, move the activity indoors. Jumping-jacks, jump rope, yoga for kids, and other fun activities can be done indoors at home. Or you can enroll them in karate, gymnastics, dance class, or after school sports activities. Be creative! The possibilities are endless. It doesn’t matter what activity you choose, as long as the kids are active and having fun. The key to getting kids to exercise is to make it fun. Switch up the routine and don’t be too pushy about exercising at home. The best way to get your kids active is to lead by example. If they see you making an effort to stay fit, chances are they will join in.

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Posted on April 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a long day of school, nothing is more refreshing than coming home to a snack on the table. A child’s life rotates around the food they eat. Even the snacks consumed by a child can and should be healthy. Storing vitamins that they get from their food is part of any child’s day. Healthy foods are universally necessary, even though children’s tastes change from day to day. Adapting to healthy eating is a challenge for some and a breeze for others. Though snacking may be considered an inconsequential part of a diet, it is actually very important. With these few simple tips, snacking can be made healthy and fun for everyone involved.

While giving a child a steady source of energy, healthy kid snacks also provide them with crucial vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter can be replaced in healthy kid snacks for nut butters such as almond butter that instantly boost the rate at which a child is getting healthy omega fatty acids. Few kids will notice the difference, as nut butters taste almost exactly like normal peanut butter does. Many healthy kid snacks utilize these butters in bars, shakes, and dips. With the addition of nut butters to the simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this classic lunch item becomes much more healthy. The connective tissues of our brain use omega fatty acids, as well as the nerves in our eyes. A great idea for healthy kid snacks is apple slices with these delicious nut butters for an astounding combination.

Making healthy kid snacks is a relatively simple task. Many healthy kid snacks use a tiny amount of time in preparation, as they use mostly raw ingredients. Reheating and cutting are two of the very limited cooking requirements for these types of snacks. A large number of healthy kid snacks are made from fresh sliced fruit and vegetables. Great diets start from the bottom with vegetables and fruits as the base. Frozen fruit chopped and placed in Ziploc bags are a great summer takeaway item, and with a dollop of sprinkles, can be enjoyed as dessert. Overdoses of sugar come in the form of popsicles, but blending your own smoothies and freezing them in cups with Popsicle sticks for handles is another great option.

Trail mix made from items at home is also very popular as well as cheap. Dried fruit, nuts, and pretzel pieces can be tossed together and kept in a large freezer bag in bulk for later use. With just a few delicious chocolate chips, the trail mix becomes a fan favorite with the kids as well. The appeal of trail mix is universal as well as healthy. Many different healthy kid snacks employ the use of whole wheat versus bleached white wheat. The ratio of vitamins and minerals in whole wheat as compared to bleached white wheat is phenomenally different. Lightly salted sweet potato chips are a great substitute for the usual salty and unhealthy variety. The sweet potato is a great root that gives many different vitamins, and is both naturally sweet and tasty with many kinds of additions.

Fun Healthy Kids’ Snacks – In Between Meals

Posted on April 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

A lot of companies who claim to be kid-friendly try to offer fun, healthy kids snacks. But for us moms, children and healthy eating is not just a business – we want to make sure that the foods our kids eat are nutritious and delicious, and not just because they are popular.

Usually, the attraction lies in the presentation of the food and not in the food itself, especially if you have a picky kid. My 8-year old is very picky … I doubt if someone can beat her reputation for pickiness. Recently though, she has developed an interest in seeing and eating food – if I present her spaghetti with some garlic bread on the side (just like in restaurants), she would ask for seconds, when before she would just take a couple of bites and ignore it completely. Same food, same taste, different presentation. I wondered if there was something to it.

So I tried it again – this time, I tried giving her food she doesn’t eat – vegetables. I cut up some carrots, celery, broccoli, and some lightly steamed green beans. I saw her hesitate when she saw what I was doing and tried to sneak out of the house. But I saw through her plan, so I asked her to bring out some cottage cheese (a food substance she will not do without). Curious, she asked what it was for. When I said it was for the veggie platter, she totally forgot about going to her friend’s house and spent the afternoon chatting with me, while I came up with refills of vegetables.

Moral lesson: Pique your child’s curiosity. Sometimes you just need a spark for you to be able to keep feeding him or her, your way.

Put together some nuts and pretzels, banana chips and even popcorn. Put it in a resealable bag, and you have a snack for a kid that’s on the go.

Have some plain yoghurt, mix in some pears or bananas for an instant snack. (Remember, yoghurt is calcium enriched – very good for your child’s constantly developing bones.)

Sandwiches are more fun and appealing when they have a different shape. Get some cookie cutters, and cut away. You’d be surprised that they’re eating your homemade chicken sandwich without nary a complaint. A mom-friend says that the sandwich she gives her kid is “assorted” – she cuts it into different pieces, and her child would put it all back together, like a jigsaw puzzle.

Fruit juices should always be served cold or chilled. (This can be partnered with other chewable snacks.) And fruit salads served as is would never appeal to a child (unless he’s been eating them from the time he was weaned). But try putting some cream on it and serve it frozen – your child will never be the same again.

Whether your child is picky or not, it doesn’t hurt to let your imagination run wild when preparing healthy snacks for your kids. Trust me; your kids will love you for it.