Get your Kids Excited about Eating Healthfully

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My girls love to eat healthy and this warms my heart. I have many clients who tell me that their kids are picky eaters or that they have no interest in trying new and healthy foods. Well, here are some tips they may just excite your kids about eating healthfully.

Play a game in the supermarket

Have each child pick out three snacks that they think are healthy to add to your cart. Getting them involved in the shopping process helps spark their interest in healthy eating. Empower them to make good food choices.

Get creative with cooking and let them help!

I make my girls whole grain pancakes that look like Mickey Mouse or a bowl of oatmeal with a smiley face made with raisins…little things like this get kids excited to eat healthy! There are great recipes out there that are kid-friendly and fun too—check out this website to give some a whirl.

Our government has some pretty awesome kids’ recipes too! Check them out!

Go for colorful

Kids are attracted to vibrant colors. I keep red, green, and yellow peppers on hand. My girls eat them like an apple. You can also cut them into strips and use ranch or hummus as a dip for them.

I keep frozen grapes and berries in the freezer. The perfect healthy snack or dessert. We also use them in smoothies.

Make up cool names for veggies

A 2009 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that kids are more likely to eat food with cool names. Introduce them to power peas, x-ray vision carrots, or dinosaur trees (broccoli).

Grow your food

Kids love playing in the dirt! Easy to grow veggies like beans and tomatoes will excite them! Tomatoes in particular grow well in containers too—no big yard needed!

Eat together

Research shows that families that eat dinner together typically have healthier diets that are higher in fruits, vegetables, and calcium and lower in saturated fat.

Try these ideas out with your kiddos! I find that it actually keeps me on top of my nutrition too!

 

 

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Make your Meals Colorful and your Health will be Wonderful

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The colors of fruits and vegetables reflect the antioxidants found in them. When you make your meals vibrant with as many colors as possible from using a variety of fruits and vegetables, you are assuring ultra-protection against numerous diseases and health ailments. Keep in mind the fact that all veggies and fruits have tons of vitamins and minerals that boost your health. In this blog, I am going to dig a bit deeper by looking at how carotenoids found in different colors of vegetables and fruits further protect your health.

Red

Red veggies and fruits (think red onions, red apples, watermelon, tomatoes, and red peppers) contain powerful carotenoids, including lycopene, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Lycopene is known for helping to keep LDL cholesterol levels low, preventing diabetes, and also protecting against several types of cancer. Ellagic acid is purported to have anti-cancer properties. Quercetin is a very effective anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help fight allergies and help athletes recover from intense exercise.

White

White veggies, such as garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions and turnips contain beta-glucanss, EGCG and lignans. Beta-glucans and EGCG are known for fighting invading pathogens; they help the body conquer infections and there is mounting evidence that they can help fight cancer. Lignans have an anti-estrogenic effect and as a result have shown evidence in helping to prevent breast cancer.

Orange/Yellow

Orange and yellow veggies and fruits, like oranges, lemons, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkins contain lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene, mentioned above, is such an effective antioxidant by cleaning out the free radicals in cells and allowing protective nutrients to enter the cells. Beta-carotene, known for helping vision, has also been shown to prevent metabolic syndrome and help keep triglyceride levels at a healthy level.

Purple/Blue

Purple and blue veggies and fruits, such as eggplants, blueberries, plums and endive contain lutein and zeaxanthin. These two carotenoids are super at protecting your vision. They help block harmful light from damaging your eyes.

Green

Green vegetables and fruits like peas, arugula, asparagus, avocado and honeydew contain the eye-health boosting lutein and the powerful antioxidant beto-carotene.

Next time, you plan a meal, aim for a rainbow of colors and know that you are protecting yourself from so many terrible health ailments from macular degeneration to cancer!