How to get your kids to eat healthy food?
Dear tired, overwhelmed parents,
I know you are too tired, stressed and hungry to stand up to your kids when they pester you for junk food – after all it’s packaged so beautifully, it is so bloody tempting to take the drive thru option. I was so surprised recently – I was busting to go to the loo. It was 11am Sunday morning and the nearest loo just had to be maccas! I was blown away at how many families were in there eating fries and big macs on a Sunday morning.
This is a difficult but necessary topic – it is time to be brave and be a bit hard lined with your kids. I understand that you have to choose your battles carefully as a parent. No one else will take responsibility for your children’s food education – well perhaps big food companies will misguide your children with the use of advertising and marketing. May I suggest this is not what you really want if you want your children to be fit and healthy. I am assuming that all parents want their children to grow up fit, strong, healthy, clever and free from lifestyle related illnesses.
If you are going to choose any battle to have with your kids – this should be it. I really believe that one of the BIGGEST responsibilities we have as parents is to teach our kids about real food. There are thousands of products in the supermarket that are offering the Holy Grail – easier, quicker, tastier, cheaper – quick, fast food options packed with enough salt, sugar and fat to get you and your kids totally hooked. These products are NOT food and they will make you and your kids FAT, SICK and will kill your taste buds quicker than you can drive through the Maccas drive through.
I get it – I am a busy, time poor parent too. There are many times during the week when I think ‘ooh wouldn’t a take away be good’. But on the very few occasions when I do give in, I am often disappointed with the quality and the taste. The fatty after taste or the lack of fresh real food. Or the feeling the next day. It is often a disappointing experience all round.
Kids Nag, I get that. Kids will happily eat food that is sweeter, saltier and fattier because it is designed to hit the sweet spot of the brain – the pleasure centre of the brain responds to sweet, salty and fatty food because the fast food giants spend millions on making sure these foods have just the right amount of salt, fat and sugar to make them really addictive. In my journey in nutritional healing I have lots of conversations with parents trying to do the right thing by their kids. They are giving them an abundance of academic and sporting opportunities but may be neglecting the importance of fuelling their body with nutrient dense foods.
I meet so many smart, educated parents that are taking an easy route with educating and feeding their kids. They are tired, over worked, stressed and are not willing to say no to kids when it comes to junk food. Eating out and getting take away several times a month is not doing yourself or your kids any favours. Putting crisps and chocolate bars in their lunch boxes is also not helping their brain development, their behaviour or their immune system.
Five a day as a guideline for the number of fruit and veg is totally flawed – do you want your kids to grow up with average health? Average health in this country means it is normal to be on lots of medication, type 2 diabetes, obesity are the new norm – 67 % of the population are now obese! Heart disease and cancer are common. Do you really want average health for your kids?
Don’t for a second think that the big food companies care one bit about your health. All they care about is profit. You must take control of your children’s health. Children are being bombarded by advertising telling them that sugar, cakes, biscuits, sweet treats are all totally normal and okay to consume every day. I am blown away every time I go to the small shop in our street – how many super cheap chocolate bars and crisps are on offer right at kid’s height. Sugar has no health warnings yet it kills more people every year.
But how can you do this when you are so tired, and so tired of feeling tired! I get that you don’t have much time. But I could race you – I will prepare a quick stir veggies in a pan while you sit in your car on the way to, at the drive thru window and back.
The rise in childhood disease and obesity signals a need for a greater focus on nutrient dense food while minimising the foods that are creating health challenges in young bodies.
Where to start? How about at your local farmers market? Where real food is locally available. A place where you can talk to growers and discuss what is in season. You can see what real, odd shaped fruit and veg really looks like.
Here are my top tips for helping your kids get as much nutrient dense, healthy foods:
I have friends that eliminated sugar from their diet but started eating more chips and savoury food instead. They had a live blood analysis and there were lots of hydrogenated fat molecules clearly visible in their blood. The food you eat can be seen in your blood. The food you eat definitely affects mood and behaviour. If you really have your child’s best intentions at heart then you will take this on board. Agree a plan and stay strong, stand together as parents and be brave. Saying no to junk food could be the best gift you give your children. Teaching them about personal discipline, portion control and seeing through the marketing lies will mean they are able to sift through the stories created by big food corporations. Teach them where real food comes from and how to prepare it so healthy tastes awesome.
If you need a bit more inspiration and hand holding during this process, you will be interested in our self-care kitchen workshops being held in Australia in the New Year. You can sign up to our newsletter so we can let you know dates. http://www.passion4juice.com will take you to the homepage where you can sign up and stay in touch.
All of us have to go through aging. But nowadays, most women and men age prematurely due to the lifestyle and diet the follow. The main reasons for premature aging include free radical damage, toxicity and vitamin deficiency. This results in sagging, wrinkles and blotchy skin, joint pain, graying of hair and hair loss, etc. There are hundreds of facial treatments and creams available to promise you a younger look. But, these methods often use chemicals damaging the skin. Instead, you should include in your basic diet plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and veggies, lots of hydrating fluids and healthy fats. Besides, you need to avoid refined sugars, processed foods, and soft drinks, which are inflammatory foods & lead to premature aging. Now, I am going to share with you a few juicing recipes for anti-aging.
1. Cucumber Juice
A mineral named silicon found in cucumber is good for connective tissue in the body. Including silicon in the diet will aid in gaining amazing results for skin, hair, and nails. This delicious juice is high in silicon and vitamin A, which help to improve the strength of hair and nail and control cholesterol levels as well. They are also a good remedy for reducing anti-aging signs and improving complexion.
Things you need:
Use the whole cucumber without peeling the skin because the silicon is found in its skin. Combine all the things and later blend them together. After that, drink with ice. Drink the juice regularly to reduce wrinkles soon.
2. Cucumber, Avocado And Kale Juice
Basically, this juice provides the skin the natural glow because it is full of antioxidants and anti- inflammatory qualities, vitamin C, A, and B as well as healthy fats. This juice will hydrate the skin, eliminate toxins, and make the hair and skin healthy.
Things you need:
Take all the ingredients and wash them thoroughly. Then, put them on the juicer and add some ice cubes and process. Finally, enjoy this juice.
3. Beetroot Juices
Beetroot is a good food that is useful for health and skin care since it is packed with vitamin A and C, fiber, folate, manganese and potassium as well. Besides, thanks to its antioxidants, it helps to fade away dead skin, thus reviving the skin. It also supports the liver to promote detoxification which helps to reduce the aging process.
Things you need:
At first, wash the blueberries and strawberries thoroughly and remove their seeds. Next, put them in 1 juicer. Then, wash, peel & dice the beetroot and after that, put it in that juicer. To the juicer, add the Kale leaf & blend them together. Thereafter, drink with ice if desired. This juice will strengthen & brighten your skin as well.
4. Apple & Blueberry Juice
This combination is rich in antioxidants, pectin and chlorogenic acids. This will help to reduce aging lines, gives you protection against brain – aging and works as an anti bacterial.
Things you need:
Firstly, wash the two ingredients thoroughly and remove their seeds. Put them in one blender and blend to make a juice. You can add some ice to it and drink this tasty drink immediately. Consume this juice regularly to notice your skin tighten and shine.
5. Delicious Drink
This juice will boost up the energy with glucose and is filled with antioxidants. This amazing juice is also filled with phytonutrients that encourage the immune system, giving you prevention from dangerous diseases.
Things you need:
All you need to do is combining all the above-mentioned juices together and mixing them well. Add the yogurt to it and later blend it. You can add some ice and consume chilled.
6. Beetroot, Blueberry & Apple Juice
This juice aids in eliminating toxins from the body. It also slows down the aging process. Particularly beetroot is high in folate, fiber, vitamin A, C as well as minerals such as magnesium and potassium, all of which will help to revive skin. The nitrate in beetroot enhances the blood flow to the brain.
Things you need:
At first, wash all the veggies and fruits thoroughly. Take the beetroot and peel its skin. Take all the veggies and dice them into pieces. Then, put them in 1 juicer and blend well. After that, squeeze lemon juice and add ice to it. Finally, enjoy this tasty juice.
7. Mix Berry Juice
This juice is full of antioxidants from berries, so it will help to combat free radicals and decrease signs of aging. Include this juice in your regular diet to get strong health and youthful vibrant skin. Try it right now!
Things you need:
Take all the things except chia seeds and blend them in a juicer. Then, add chia seeds just prior to drinking. Consume it regularly to fight aging fast.
8. Carrot, Spinach & Broccoli Juice
This awesome juice protects the cells from free radicals because the ingredients present in the juice are full of antioxidants. Spinach and broccoli both contain vitamin E and selenium as well. Red pepper, broccoli and kale are loaded with vitamin C. Besides, carrots are great for skin care since they come with beta-carotene. Furthermore, beets are highly helpful for skin, brain, and general health & well-being because they are loaded with nutrients such as vitamin A, manganese and nitrates.
Things you need:
You just need to blend all the things together until a smooth consistency is created. After that, consume this juice regularly to get youthful appearance and skin.
In fact, all the tasty juices help to fight skin problems efficiently. Try these simple natural juices for anti – aging & enjoy healthy and beautiful skin. Care for yourself & live a healthy life as well.
Guest Post by Nina Nguyen
This guest post is by Nina Nguyen, a blogger with many years of experience on searching the best natural home remedies for skin or hair care and health issues.