Setting Healthy Patterns for Your Children that Will Last a Lifetime!

Setting Healthy Patterns for Your Children that Will Last a Lifetime! It is essential that during the developmental stage in a child’s life he or she get adequate nutrition. Not only is it important for their ability to perform in school, play sports and be able to function in social situations but also what they put in their bodies today has a direct effect on their health as adults. Will they be prone to obesity, cancer or some other disease or will they have a head start in life?

Here are some ideas that my clients (and myself!) have found helpful:

Include your child in shopping. Take them to the grocery store and show them the beautiful fruit, the whole fish in the fish section and explain healthy and unhealthy choices to them. My 8-year-old son loves going to Whole Foods with me and trying out all the samples. While we are there we always end of picking up some new type of food, and my son is always excited to eat it because he helped choose it! Use shopping as an opportunity to teach your children about nutrition and get them involved in the process.

Make food preparation a family affair. Give your child age appropriate jobs to help. My daughter adores making scrambled eggs (see recipe below). She feels so grown up having prepared the family meal and again she always eats it!

Have your child to help set the table. It will get them excited to sit there! And, always make sure that the table is set in an inviting way.

Talk to your children about healthy choices and don’t dumb down the information for them. Children are often much smarter than we give them credit for. The earlier we begin talking to them about what makes their body strong, their brains smart, and what makes them feel good the better choices that they will make. Explain why you make certain food choices, and also explain why you cook healthy foods for them. Talk with them about how the Vitamin C in the orange juice they are drinking helps them fight getting sick, how the broccoli they are eating has lots of iron in it and will give them a lot of energy for sports, how the carrots they are eating have beta-carotene in them that makes their eyes strong. Believe me, it will sink in!

Exercise with your children and make excercise a priority in your own life! The best thing that you can do for your children is set a good example. If you make exercise a priority and integrate it in your life your children will too! On the weekends or after-school, go to the park, scooter or walk to and from school, ride bikes around the park and sign up the children for activities such as gymnastics, karate, ballet, soccer or some other sport. Tell them how proud you are that they are using their bodies and how healthy they look. If I ever get moaning about “why do I have to go for a run stay at home with me,” I always have the discussion that I am working out because it is good for me and that mommies (or daddies) need to have time for themselves too. We have just started taking out the children for rollerblading and bike rides on the weekends. Our family goal is to go out on Saturdays and have the kids take their bikes while my husband and I run! Set fun goals for your own family and make being active and healthy a priority.

Here is our family’s Green Eggs and Ham recipe:

• 1 pound baby spinach (can use frozen)
• ½ cup whole, soy or rice milk
• 3-5 large eggs (depending on how many cooking for)
• 1-2 cups white cheddar, monterrey jack or Soya cheese
• Flax seed oil (optional but great for getting in Omega 3’s)
• Pinch of salt (sea salt best)
• Olive oil

Place the olive oil in a non-stick skillet and add the spinach. Turn up the heat and cook until spinach wilts. Place the spinach in a Cuisinart with the milk and puree. Then, wisk the eggs in a large bowl and add the pureed mixture along with the salt and flax seed oil. Scramble eggs in the skillet and serve with Fakin Bakin or Turkey Bacon and voila! My kids get a huge kick out of this especially if we read the book!

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  • Donald
    July 28th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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