It’s a big concern, the health of our kids. For those whose kids are constantly consuming peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and soda, the concern about getting diabetes is real. The issue is that our kids are growing, so we need to make sure we nourish them properly and give them food that promotes energy. It’s a big habit of children to turn to energy drinks now, and the excessive amounts of caffeine as well as artificial sweeteners and sugars that put their body under a massive amount of adrenal stress. While a bit of caffeine is good for you, encouraging your children to drink a huge amount of coffee every day doesn’t do them any favors! In looking for natural health boosters for children, here is what I have found.
A very simple hit of sugar, dates give children the energy they need but also the sweetness they crave. As well as an energy hit, they are very high in fiber. You can find many natural food bars that use dates as their base, but you can easily make your own. Make a breakfast bar for your kids that don’t have heaps of sugar. A tasty recipe I make uses Medjool dates, goji berries, organic maca (for a bit more energy), organic oats, as well as seeds like pumpkin and flaxseed. All you do is boil the dates down into a puree and mix the ingredients in before placing in a baking tray and baking for 30 minutes on a medium to high heat. Break them into flapjack sized portions, and you’ve got a healthy snack that lasts all week!
The benefits of healthy fats in organic nut butters such as almond butter or cashew butter don’t need explaining here, but it can certainly be a great tool in giving your child more energy as well as more brainpower. Fat bombs are making the rounds at the moment, and you can make a fat bomb using a few simple ingredients. You can make an alternative to the unhealthy peanut butter cup by using organic peanut butter, coconut oil, cocoa or dark chocolate and a natural sweetener like Stevia before mixing it all together, placing the mixture into molds and placing them in the freezer to harden up. They don’t take long to freeze, and when your child needs a snack, throw one of these at them!
A Hit Of Protein
They’re growing boys and girls so they may need a lot more sustenance. Increase their protein intake and see if it makes a difference, you can purchase energy balls. But you can easily make your own with a mix of chia seeds (or whatever seeds you like) and pecans with some raisins and a bit of nut butter to bind them, and sprinkle with coconut shards to make a really tasty, filling, and protein-packed snack.
It’s always worth remembering that if they are burning the candle at both ends with studying and sport or other activities, they could do with a bit more sleep. But if they’re sleeping plenty, fill them up with goodness!
It seems lately on every social media site there is a photo of someone drinking the new Unicorn Frappuccino. Either they really don’t know what’s in them or they really don’t care. If you do care what your children drink you will want to know this. I’m glad this drink is only for a limited time, not that I think the other drinks they serve are healthy. I know that I won’t buy it but to each their own. For starters, it contains 1 1/2 times the amount of sugar that is recommended a day .
Here are the nutrition facts straight from Starbucks menu.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
(16 fl oz) Calories 410 Calories from Fat 140% Daily Value
*Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugars 59g Protein 5g
- Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 0%
- Calcium 20% Iron 0%
Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].
Caffeine 0mg***Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.
Just by looking at it you can imagine the amount of sugar and fat that’s in it without even seeing the ingredients first. From what I heard it’s a huge sugar rush. Let me know what you think, have you tried it or would you?
Photo source: newsmax
Overwhelmed by all the potential dangers of indoor chemical and air pollutants? If creating a safe, organic environment for your children seems overwhelming at times, you’ll appreciate this simple infographic approach to eliminating four of the top chemical threats in your home and improving indoor air quality. This cute graphic also gives you clear-cut solutions to eliminate BPA plastics, toxic cleaning products, and unhealthy hand soaps from your home and offers advice on keeping your indoor air fresh.
Many people are not yet aware of the risks associated with plastic. Hard plastics that contain BPA can be a source of brain and behavior issues in infants and young children, among other health issues. The infographic gives clear information about which plastics you need to avoid and what to look for instead. There’s also a clear, concise list of home cleaning chemicals to avoid and some organic alternatives. When it comes to healthy indoor air, it’s better to skip the chemical air fresheners and focus on solutions like replacing your HVAC filters instead. Replace fragrance-laden or antibacterial soaps with simple hand soap and teach your kids to wash for 20 seconds at a time to prevent illness.
As a parent who values organic living, you already know that a chemical-free home will help protect your children from toxins and allergens. But it’s easy to be confused by conflicting advice and complex analyses of household chemicals. That’s why this simple graphic that focuses on easy solutions is such a welcome approach.
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I just read an article saying that dental sealants are dangerous. This was an eye opener considering I just had sealants put on my son’s 6 year molars. After reading the article, I called the dentist and asked if they can be removed and told them why. Of course,I was told that they never heard of this. They are supposed to call me back to let me know if they can remove them. Sealants contain BPA. The same chemical that was once in baby bottles and was removed. Recent studies have further detailed the health impact of this substance, reported on at News Inferno:
The latest research, the first large BPA study in humans, published last month by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found a “significant relationship” between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes, and liver problems. Long-standing research points to hormonal disturbances and a variety of cancers and neurological and behavioral problems in adults and children. Also, the National Toxicology Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has raised concerns about BPA. Of particular concern is childhood exposure BPA that leaches from polycarbonate baby bottles and the linings of infant formula cans. The 2003-4 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93 percent of urine samples collected from more than 2,500 adults and children over the age of six. BPA may accelerate puberty and raise a potential risk of cancer and, this month, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reported that BPA might interfere with chemotherapy treatment.”
I can’t believe that dentists are using a chemical like this in sealants. I know to avoid fluoride but I didn’t know anything about sealants. If you or your child has these sealants I would encourage you to call your dentist to see if they can be removed. I was told that sealants wear off after a while and would need to be put on again. If they wear off that means that your are swallowing the substance. This is scary considering what the effects can be.
BPA information source www.newinferno.com
There’s a lot of pressure on pregnant women to decide to breastfeed their newborn. The idea that ‘breast is best’ is pervasive in our society, but it stigmatizes women who either aren’t able or aren’t willing. Women need to be empowered to make a decision that is based on evidence and facts but ultimately is one with which they are happy. There are so many incredible advantages to breastfeeding, but there are some disadvantages too.
It’s natural – your body was created to be the absolutely ideal way for you to pass nutrition to your child. Breastmilk is the absolute best form of nutrition a child can get.
It’s good for you – women who breastfeed their newborn tend to find they recover from childbirth fast than women who don’t.
Night feeds are easier – going downstairs to make a bottle with formula in the middle of the night can be a bit of a nightmare. With breastfeeding, you can get into your comfy nursing den and just let your little one latch on while you catch up on Netflix.
It’s economical – breast milk is basically free, formula isn’t. While you’ll find you’ll probably eat more, breastfeeding can still save you a lot of money.
It’s easy for the baby to digest – breast milk is perfect for the baby’s digestion. While some formula comes close, it’s never quite the same.
It relaxes you – breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone that also helps you bond with your newborn.
You will have less freedom – when bottle feeding, anyone can take the responsibility, not just the mom. With exclusive breastfeeding, it’s only mom that can wake up in the night for feeds, and you can’t get too far from your baby between feeds either.
You have to make healthy lifestyle choices – you’ve spent nine months pregnant, unable to drink caffeine or alcohol, and once the baby is born some women like their freedom back. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are all passed on in breastmilk and can be harmful to your baby. Some foods can also get passed on through breast milk, which the child may not enjoy.
Your partner can’t join in – breastfeeding denies the second parent the opportunity to bond with the baby to the same extent as the feeding mother. Some partners can feel quite left out as a result.
It can be difficult to get going – some babies just won’t latch on, whatever you do to try to coax them. It can be very disheartening for a new mother who can’t feed, who may feel like a failure.
It can be difficult in public – if you’re particularly modest, it can be tricky to feed in public places. Nursing covers can really help with this, so it’s something to consider while you’re pregnant and baby prepping.
*Remember, it’s entirely a personal decision as to whether you choose to breastfeed or not. It’s not appropriate for other people to weigh in and act judgmentally about the decision you have made.
As moms, we are the top person who can make a difference to our child’s health. After all, the things we do can affect their health on a long-term basis. Therefore, we need to ensure we are pushing our child in the right direction so that they lead a healthy life. And this starts from when they are at home. To ensure your child stays healthy at home, here are some things you should be adding to your shopping cart!
An array of fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are so important to keep your child healthy. They contain so many vital vitamins and minerals which keep the body working efficiently. Also, having plenty of fruit and vegetables every day is the best way to protect your body against diseases. Therefore, if you want to ensure your child stays in good health, you should be adding plenty of these to your shopping cart. You could also grow your own fruit and vegetables which are a perfect way to encourage your kids to eat more. After all, it’s more exciting if they have helped to grow them!
A good range of dental supplies
So many children are growing up with bad teeth. And it’s often down to the lack of brushing when they are at home. Therefore, make sure you have good toothbrushes and toothpaste for your child to use when they are at home. If you need help choosing the best brands, you can ask your local dentist about toothpaste ingredients you should be looking out for! You can look online to find a good dentist in your area who can tend to your kid’s teeth every six months to ensure they stay in excellent condition. And remember to get your child a mouthwash and floss that they can use every day. Also, spend time with your child showing them how to take care of their teeth.
A pack of multivitamins
If your child isn’t getting enough vitamins, it can jeopardize their health. Therefore, you could consider getting your kid some multivitamins which can help boost their health. They are great for brain development and to boost their immune system. And if you have a picky eater, it’s an easy way to ensure they are getting their necessary vitamins! Just make sure you read up about them before buying them for your child.
A bottle of flavored water
Kids tend to rush to the fridge to have a glass of soda after school. But as you know, it’s not the healthiest choice of drink. You should be encouraging your child to drink as much water as possible in their daily life. If your kid hates regular water, you ought to consider buying a bottle of flavored water. It will be more appealing to children, so they are more likely to opt for a glass of the drink. And it means they are drinking more water which is key to keeping them healthy.
And remember to get your child plenty of outdoor toys. After all, so many kids are not getting enough exercise in their daily life. Therefore, limit their use of devices and encourage them outside to ensure they stay healthy.
This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com