School may be out… but healthy eating for the kids doesn’t have to take a summer break also!
As a parent I want good things for my children: living life to the fullest, having a healthy, happy, fulfilled life full of good choices! Worry free, enjoying being a kid!
But in today’s society, despite parent’s 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.
Why is that, who or what is the cause? The blame falls mostly on today’s toxic food environment.
In short, our kids are eating too much junk.
And who can blame them? It’s fast and convenient and let’s be honest, most junk food tastes great! I know that there are many days after work the last thing I want to do is cook a meal, and eating out just seems like a much better idea. Maybe not health why’s but much easier. And believe me my kids never complain, instead they fight over who is picking the restaurant. I’m not saying all eating out is bad, but if it has a drive thru window chances are it is! And shockingly that is where the kids always want to go. I will say I rarely give into those places but it does happen.
The good news is that healthy food can also taste great. 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 them healthy.
1) Veg it up!
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. Let them help with the prep, kids love to eat the things they make.
2) Limit eating out!
Make it a habit to cook at home as often as you can. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate 5 course meal. Keep it simple, simple is better with kids anyway.
Homemade pizzas, pastas can be healthy! Get the kids involved. Go with whole grain pasta and let then load the pizza and pasta with fresh veggies.
3) Lose the soda!
What happened to good old water? I grew up drinking from the hose, soda was a treat. Now it’s the go to drink. Don’t even keep soda in the house. Try adding fruit to a pitcher of water and letting it sit overnight. Let the kids pick the fruits and prepare it.