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Healthy Kids Lunches

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

My mother always assumed that when I went to school each day I was getting a healthy lunch through the school system. For the most part, she was right. On the weekends, she made sure that we had healthy kids lunches, even if they were quick and easy. School lunches are not always what they use to be. For most of us, we had a good lunch, with the option to buy something sweet afterward, if we had the money. Today, schools are overridden with bad food choices and your kids are falling for it each day without realizing what they are doing to their health.

If you came from a school much like the one I attended, the idea of fast food for lunch was something you got as a senior, when you could leave campus for lunch. It was never something you would find in your school cafeteria. Other kids did not have to wait that long, and they did not have to leave the school, as they had fast food options right there in their school. The idea of healthy kids lunches was not important in these schools, as they needed the money they got for allowing this to pay for important school functions and programs. The kids gained on one hand but lost on the other.

Today, there are still schools that have trouble getting children to have healthy kids lunches because they still have very unhealthy options. As you know, many kids will go with what tastes the best to them with little regard or knowledge as to what they should be eating. Healthy means nothing to children who still feel as if they are going to live forever. It is not until well into adulthood that the ramifications of an unhealthy diet become a reality to be feared. Many parents are unaware of how poorly their children are eating.

Most schools today have gotten a little better, and even if they have bad options they are trying hard to offer better choices and they are encouraging kids to eat them through education and programs designed to show them why making healthy choices are beneficial to them. Some schools have a regular menu that is not too bad, and an even better healthy menu that the children can have. This makes choosing healthy kids lunches easier for kids as they can go over options with parents and learn from a younger age what they should be choosing. These habits can stick with them.

If you are worried about healthy kids lunches, you can send a lunch in with your child, or limit how much they can spend each day at school. If they have extra money or can charge, they are going to buy extras and those extras may not be to your liking. If you can prepay, do so, and then have the school put a limit a child can spend on their lunch account each day so they get only the good stuff. Let them have a treat once in a while, but you have more control than you use to so they aren’t having ice cream every day. Many schools are now offering healthy breakfast as well.

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.