healthy kids

healthy kids

Healthy Kids Start With Healthy Parents

Posted on February 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Are healthy kids by-product of healthy parents? … or are they born knowing the difference between healthy foods …and unhealthy foods? At the tender ages of childhood, kids learn habits that will stick with them into their adolescence years, and well into adulthood. I’m certain you agree…

Here’s my point:


Let me further explain:

I speak with a lot of parents about what types of food they are serving at the dinner table. Guess what? Their children will never have a chance to be slim and fit with the portion sizes and the quality of foods they are being served. NEVER!

Here is the fascinating part: In one breath, the parents are TRYING to tell their kids about how to eat well, and how to exercise… and then guess what? At dinner, the parents are shoving oversize portions of processed and high-fat foods right down their throats.

The best part? “Be a good boy now and eat all your food.” WOW! We are rewarding our kids by teaching them how to overeat……

Parents, I’m not telling you to stop every single thing you do and re-create a new life of lettuce and water…. and 2 hours of exercise every single day.

No, not at all. What I am telling you is that there are a lot of LITTLE THINGS you can do for your kids that ADD UP to bring them huge benefits in portion control and healthy habits. Here are a few things you can focus on:

1. Snack time– give only HALF of the snack, and save half for later. No child needs 24g of sugar at a time.

2. Multiple kids – split the meals and snacks in HALF. Sugary drinks? Dilute them with water…. help save your child’s life.

3. Television time– during commercials, the kid(s) have to run in place for 1 minute, then do a few push ups, and maybe a few situps…. this simple activity when added up brings HUGE RESULTS- and it helps to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime for your children.

4. Spaghetti O’s – At almost 2,000mg of sodium per can, there is a simple healthy alternative. Whole wheat pasta with low-sodium tomato sauce… sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan. Great tasting, and healthy, too!

Healthy Kids Lunches

Posted on January 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.


Raising Healthy Kids

Posted on January 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

Raising healthy kids is not as difficult as people make it out to be. However, parents would need to know about the advantages and benefits of a healthy diet as opposed to a junk diet. A junk diet may be very easy to prepare, but it is definitely going to be made up of processed foods, lots of salt, chemical preservatives, soy products and other ingredients which are going to be potentially harmful for the body in the long run. On the other hand, if the child gets used from childhood to a diet of whole grain products, cereals, lentils, beans, fresh and organically grown fruit and vegetables, he is going to include them in its diet automatically when he grows up.

Now, how best can a parent get a child to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, when the parent is not used to including those items in his diet, himself. It is a case of “monkey see monkey do” so if the parent eats plenty of processed foods, food stuffs made of high fat, soybean products, high-fat dairy products, etc., the child is definitely going to acquire a taste for them. This is why, if you are thinking of raising healthy kids, you need to take a bit of trouble about their diet. You may want to encourage them to snack between meals on fruit and nuts. You will also like them to crunch on raw vegetables, when they are feeling peckish.

A child’s eating habits develop and mature from the age of two to eleven. They love experimenting with different foodstuffs. So, if you can encourage them to believe that fresh fruit and vegetables are really good for them and they are going to grow as strong as, say, their favorite star or cartoon character, well, this is one way of encouraging them to eat healthy.

Do not leave the choice of foodstuffs to a child; given the choice, he is always going to eat something to which he is used, instead of trying something new. Instead, you may want to encourage him to spend a little quality time with you in the kitchen by preparing his choice of food. Put out the different ingredients like fresh fruit and vegetables in different bowls, plenty of whole grain or full grain breads, healthy fats, spices, and even different varieties of cooked beans and then allow them full leeway to indulge in their imagination and creative spirit.

Children are definitely going to eat what they have prepared themselves! This bit of psychology, especially when they do not know that they are eating healthy food is going to help you a lot in the long run because they are going to know how to appreciate different food combinations while eating freshly prepared healthy meals!

Preparing a healthy meal does not mean slaving over the stove for hours. All you have to do is go to the supermarket, get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit (remember to consult your kids for their choices and recommendations), beans and legumes, olive oil, coconut oil or any other low-fat oil and other unprocessed foods, and then enjoy the fact that you are eating healthy and your children are eating healthy!