Approaching Healthy Eating For Kids With Stealth

Approaching Healthy Eating For Kids With Stealth

As children’s taste buds are still forming, they can get used to not liking the taste of fruit. We’ve all done this ourselves when you get fruit and vegetables in your school lunchbox, and your parents expect you to eat it, but you end up throwing it in the trash at school. This is why as parents, who know the tricks that children might pull, have to introduce fruit and vegetables to their diet without their knowledge. Making them a part of other foods, and making them inseparable, forces your children to have to consume the foods they don’t like, while they are eating foods which they do like. It’s about being inventive and always being creative with how you can make these healthier options seem like they are normal and even, more appetising than unhealthy foods.

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Homemade flapjacks

Use your standard flapjack making recipe, and infuse some fruits in it that will make eating healthy a tasty treat. With flapjacks, you can add chocolate chips, as well as little fruit chunks which have been dried and in order to eat the bits that are sweet, the fruit must also be consumed. A great option for parents who want to give their children fruits like berries, peaches and pineapples which are especially high in vitamins, but can’t think of an idea to make them fun and interesting. Children like fruit which comes in a snack form, so it doesn’t feel like it’s a punishment or chore to do. This is why fruit bars are loved by kids, as will the homemade flapjacks that you make.

Substitute the soda

Kids love sugar, just downright love it. It hits their system a lot harder, and they become full of relentless energy. But rather than something that we all know is bad for them, why not substitute this out for something that tastes just as good, but won’t give them a high and crash at the end of the day. Rather than just plain water, something that is all natural, but charged with fruity flavors would be superb for hot days out in the park or strolls on the beach with your children. Products like Hint fruit flavored water do just that because, without any harmful chemicals, the drink doesn’t taste like juice and doesn’t have the fizzy consistency of soda. You have a choice from pineapple, cherry, watermelon and blackberry which gives you a variety of flavors to choose from and children won’t get bored because of it.

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Homemade ice lollies

Making ice lollies has been something mothers have been doing since the 1960s. Not only are they simple to make but you can add fruits into them. You can make homemade lemonade, pour it into a lolly mould, and add some cut up fruits like strawberries and apples. The further your child bites and eats the lolly, the more fruit bits are exposed, and they have to be eaten in order to get further down the tasty treat.

Sometimes tricking your children into eating healthily has to be done in a stealthy manner. It’s also fun for children because their favorite foods get new flavors infused into them and they may actually build up a liking for healthier eating.

 

Keeping Children Healthy Even When Your Schedule Is Hectic

Keeping Children Healthy Even When Your Schedule Is Hectic

When it comes to parenting, it can often like there are a million tasks to take care and not enough hours in the day to make sure they’re all done. One of these tasks is your children’s health, and in between everything else, it’s no wonder that this is one of the things that is left by the wayside. After all, children get enough exercise when they’re running around at school, don’t they? Wrong. No matter how hectic your lifestyle is, it’s up to you to ensure your child’s health is in tip-top condition. Here’s how.

 

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Eating Well

Everything begins in the kitchen, with what your children eat. When you’ve got no time, and everyone needs to be fed, it’s tempting to throw together anything that can be considered ‘food’ and be done with it. But poor health often stems from what we eat, and we should go to extra lengths to ensure that everyone is being fed properly. There are delicious, healthy meals that are cheap and which can be put together in no time at all. Also, make sure you’re giving them healthy snacks rather than chocolate and other sugary substances!

Evening Games

You’re not busy all the time. It’s mostly during the day. In the evenings, you probably have time where you can have a bit of downtime and spend some time with the children. Unfortunately, it’s usually dark outside by that time, so you can’t get active. Or can you? If you invest in a Wii console or something similar that enables the family to have fun and stay active at the same time, you’ll be giving everyone a little extra boost of movement, which can help keep them fit and healthy.

Preventative Measures

It’s not easy when our child falls ill. We might have to take them to the doctor or take time off work to nurse them back to health from home. Neither of these is welcome when you’ve got plenty of other tasks you should be taking care of, so it’s important that you have the right preventative measures in place. For example, make sure all your children know the hygiene practices, such as washing their hands regularly. Using your smartphone or computer to talk with an online Dr can also save a trip to the hospital, without compromising the health of your children. Finally, don’t underestimate daily vitamins: they can make the difference between falling ill and staying healthy.  

Weekend Activities

When it comes to the weekend, try to fit in some family activities. If you can’t spare the time yourself, then find a community sports team for your child to get involved with. They’ll be getting their extra dose of exercise, and you’ll also have some time to yourself to get all the other details taken care of. It’s a win-win!

Setting the Example

Finally, make sure you’re setting a good health example to your children. Children learn all about this stuff intuitively from what they see in their home. If you’re staying healthy, they’ll stay healthy in the long run too!