4 Ways to Help Your Child Embrace Better Nutrition

The Resourceful MotherOne of the most common questions I am asked by parents is “How do I help my child eat better?”  Their question is usually followed by the sharing of a litany of fears that they hold for their child’s wellbeing.  My heart goes out to these parents.  Most of you know that I only came to understand the importance of nutrition when my eldest became so sick; otherwise I know I would have been in the same boat. Below are the top 4 ways to help your child embrace better nutrition.

Proper nutrition affects the way we feel, the way we look, how we do at school and at work, our energy levels, our moods and whether we age gracefully or not.

1. Be a shining example

The number one way is for you, the parent, to be your child’s shining example.  If the whole family is eating healthily, chances of your children eating healthily significantly increase.  Even if you were to start making healthier choices now, the whole idea is far better accepted when no one family member is singled out.

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8 Back-to-School Nutrition Ideas Made Easy

It’s a new school year; many of us look at September as being a good time to start doing things differently. For years I felt as though making my girls’ lunches at night was too exhausting, after having cooked or prepared meals for them all day long.  This September, I started making their lunches, while preparing their dinner.  The kitchen has been messier than ever but I realized that this is the time in which I have the most energy and when I can be most efficient, as much of the food is already out of the fridge.  Why I ever thought that putting the girls to bed and then heading downstairs to make their lunches was a good idea, I will never understand.  And the years I spent rushing around each morning, making their lunches, are also over.  It feels good to actually sit with my girls on a school day and partake in eating breakfast with them.  And what a beautiful start to the day for each of us. So, what are you going to do differently this school year?  Here are 8 back to school ideas to provide your children with more nutrition and hopefully keep your world more sane overall:

1. Ensure your child has a healthy protein source (e.g. turkey bacon, eggs, nut butter, nut milk, yogurt, goat cheese) and a starch (e.g. oatmeal, spelt/kamut/rice bagel or toast, cereal) each morning to regulate their blood sugar.  When their blood sugar is where it needs to be, your child will usually be in a good mood, can concentrate for long periods of time and remain energetic.

2. Ensure your child has a protein source every 2-3 hours, throughout the day, to keep their blood sugar stable at all times.  Don’t forget to incorporate legumes in your child’s diet – another excellent protein source e.g. chickpeas, lentils, green peas and beans.

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