Healthy eating habits can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds and even out their moods .
We as parents have to make healthy food more fun, eat healthy ourselves, get kids involved in preparing healthy snacks and meals rather than just letting them have empty calories .
When it comes to the best and worst foods for our kids we as parents often have not many options. A balanced diet for kids takes more than just cutting out fast food and sugary loaded treats from our daily life. We all know and don’t want to put our kids into a ‘prison’ and insist that they eat only certain foods, but we have to address the children with a lot of LOVE and CARE when it comes to foods that are harmful to their health.
Even though I am a vegan – I am firm believer in moderation. TV commercials have always made it impossible to instill a healthy eating habit.
So here’s a list of things you can stock up your kitchen pantry with:
Nuts and nut butters
Think beyond the peanut butter jar and try to make your own almond and cashew butter by simply soaking them for a few hours and blending them in a blender, they are good sources of iron and zinc they also contain mono-saturated fat and have along shelf life too.
Whole grain snacks
Whole grain snacks such as oats, barley, millet and quinoa – try making upma, poha or idly batters of these super grains. They are a great source of dietary fibre and several minerals and vitamins.
Fresh veggies and greens
Buy fresh veggies when they’re in season, and cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, which contain phytonutrients known to lower the risk for many types of cancer, as well as improve digestion. It also helps clear harmful toxins from the ways to get it in your kid’s diet: Make coleslaw with low-fat mayo, shred and toss it into soups or asian noodle dishes. Nutrients can be retained by steaming vegetables lightly rather than boiling for a long time.
Beans and lentils
Beans and lentils are really great for kids, they are high in fibre and release glucose slowly, which stabilizes mood and energy. And they have fibre which helps with regularity.
Fresh fruits of the season
Fresh fruits of the season you can make some amazing milkshakes, smoothies and frozen yogurts for your kids.
In fact I have started to make my own granola bars, chips, cookies, breads and other healthy snacks at home with the help of my Excalibur dehydrator.
Will be sharing some of my healthy recipes with you all…Stay tuned!