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Healthy Kids With Gardening

Posted on June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to get them to eat a healthy diet. I’m here to tell you, it is possible to have healthy kids with gardening. One of the simplest ways to get your children to eat fruits and vegetables is to get them involved in growing healthy food. You will be amazed to see your kids eating the same fruits and vegetables they’ve refused in the past. Grow a garden for healthy kids. It’s that simple!

A few years back, I started noticing more and more headlines about farmers using dangerous pesticide in the food we purchase from the supermarket. I began wondering if the fresh produce I was encouraging my kids to eat was healthy after all? Some of the articles even pointed to research linking common childhood and adult diseases to the use of pesticide in fruits and vegetables. I was convinced it was time to find a better way to eat healthy.

How do we avoid the dangers of pesticide and know our kids are getting the healthy food they need? The answer is to grow the food yourself. Not only will you feel good about what your family is eating, but growing a garden with your kids is really fun. Family fun AND healthy eating, oh my! It sounds too good to be true. But it can be reality for your family. You too can have healthy kids with gardening.

I have always been a believer in healthy eating and fitness, but just because I enjoy eating salads doesn’t mean my kids always follow my lead. I have had challenges getting them to eat fruit and veggies. When my husband started a gardening hobby several years ago, I noticed how excited my kids were to get involved. They even started asking to taste the fruit and vegetables. It was like a dream come true! I thought to myself, maybe this garden can help us do more than just grow healthy food. That was when I realized we could have healthy kids with gardening. This hobby was the answer. At that point, I was hooked and we have been growing our own food ever since.

I know what you’re thinking right now. These are the things running through your head:

• I would love to grow healthy kids with healthy food, but I don’t have time.
• That sounds like a lot of work.
• My kids are so picky, I’m not sure this will work for them.

I would like to challenge your thoughts with my own facts. I am also a busy, working mom. I know how stressful life can be with kids. But I’m here to tell you it’s possible to grow healthy kids and healthy food with little time and effort. So, here is my reply to your concerns.

• You can grow healthy food and have healthy kids with a small time commitment.
• There are many low maintenance, pre-made gardening systems for reasonable prices that require little effort and maintenance.
• I promise, if you get your kids involved in planting and taking care of plants, they will be excited enough to give them a try.

Growing a garden with your kids is not only healthy, but it’s also fun. You will enjoy some great quality time with the kids, and it’s really a small investment of your time. You will get so much joy seeing the excitement on your children’s faces when the seeds sprout and when your first fruits or vegetables begin to grow. So what are you waiting for? You really should get started today.

Healthy Kids Snacks to Serve Up This Summer

Posted on June 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Just because its summer doesn’t mean your kids don’t need to fuel up on some healthy kids snacks between meals. When your kids are active indoors and out it’s important to give them nutritious food and drink that will keep them full and hydrated this summer.

Following are some great ways top up your kids with fluids, boost their level of antioxidants, help them grow and maintain healthy bones, add fibre to their diets with whole grains, and show them that veggies do have a fun side.

When your kids are hanging around pool side or knocking on the back door looking for something to eat or drink, try these healthy kids snack and drink ideas on for size.

Avoid drinks laden with sugar and caffeine. Instead of sports drinks and pop, serve ice water (add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber), low-fat milk, or 100% fruit juice. When serving juice, consider half cup servings over larger ones to avoid loading your kids up with too much sugar.

Serve fruits with a high water content. When hunger strikes and it’s hot out, nothing refreshes quite like watermelon and oranges.

Keep fresh fruit and veggies washed and ready to eat. One of the best ways to ensure that your kids consume enough antioxidants on a daily basis is to make sure that there is always a healthy supply of cut up fruits and veggies in your fridge.

Serve healthier chocolate milk. While there’s a certain appeal to chocolate milk, you can reduce the sugar content by diluting it with a little white milk.

Pair up pitas with hummus and ‘pop’ some healthy corn. Whole grain, whole wheat pitas cut into wedges and served with hummus and other healthy dips like baba gnoush are great summer snack ideas for kids. Instead of butter laden microwave popcorn, use an air popper or make some the old fashion way on your stove top, using healthy oil (olive or vegetable) and a little sea salt.

Use cut up veggies to make silly facial expressions on open face sandwiches. Be creative, use a slice of red pepper for the mouth, carrot circles for the eyes, a green bean for the nose, sprouts for the hair etc.

Make mini homemade veggie pizzas. Thinly slice up a bunch of vegetables and get your kids to assemble their own veggie pizzas on sliced English muffins or pocketless pitas.

Healthy Kid’s Snack Ideas

Posted on June 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

Parents are often looking for healthy kids snacks to help their children stay fit. It can be a challenge, though, with all of the unhealthy, over-sweetened and fattening snacks out there to tempt your kids. Worst of all, advertising actively targets children, encouraging them to have a sweet tooth and crave junk food. While it can seem like an uphill battle, there are things you can do to instill healthy snacking habits in your children.

Snacks, for children and adults alike, can be a time when people make some of their least healthy eating choices. With kids, this can be a time when you can’t always be watching or supervising what they eat. You can, however, send them off to school with some healthy snacks, which can help them develop good habits.

Until recently, it has been widely assumed that watching your weight was something you didn’t have to worry about until you were an adult, maybe even middle-aged. Sadly, however, we are seeing a rapid increase in childhood obesity. The causes for this are mainly twofold, and not very hard to identify: an increase in calories and junk food and a corresponding decrease in physical activity! You can help to influence your children in positive ways in both of these areas.

Be sure that your kids get a good breakfast every morning. This should include a high quality protein and maybe some fruit. Being too hungry in between meals is one reason kids gravitate towards unhealthy snacks. If you give them cereal for breakfast, try to give them a healthy one that is not over-sweetened. Sugary cereals can start off a day long habit of sugar spikes and letdowns. Sugar acts as a drug in the body, and has an addictive quality. So if kids (or adults) start the day off eating very sweet foods, as soon as the initial sugar jolt starts to wear off they will start craving more.

Healthy trail mixes can make excellent snacks. Again, look for ones without added sugar. Today many trail mixes contain pieces of candy, which are hardly healthy. Nuts and dried fruit are good sources of, respectively, protein and natural sugar. Another idea is to put the trail mix into some plain yogurt. You can add a little natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

Instead of potato chips or pretzels, try giving your kids healthier substitutes like vegetable chips, which can be found in natural foods section of your supermarket.

You can also find things like organic, whole grain crackers. These can be dipped in foods like hummus, baba ganoush (both tasty Middle Eastern spreads), guacamole or an all natural salsa.

If you buy packaged snacks, look for healthier alternatives to candy bars. Even many energy bars are highly sweetened. They do, however, make energy bars or fruit strips that are only sweetened with organic or natural ingredients instead of sugar or corn syrup.

These are just a few ideas for healthy kids snacks. If you make it a point to pay attention to what your children eat in between meals you can help them develop healthier eating habits.

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