Di's Health Tips
Many parents today are finding it more and more difficult to give their children a healthy diet due to the fast food frenzy, mass junk food advertisement, and poor availability of quality nutrient rich foods.
Fast foods like cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pizza, french fries and soft drinks provide the children with diets way too high in salt, fat, trans fatty acids and sugar. This kind of diet is not what you want your child to grow up on if they are to be healthy. Avoiding white flour products, artificial foods, processed meats and dairy, candy, pop, and other sweets will help to prevent allergies, hyperactivity, and other illnesses in children.
So what do we feed our children to keep them healthy? We need to get back to the basics, cook our own food and select foods that are whole and unprocessed. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all need a good breakfast to supply the fuel for physical and mental tasks throughout the day. Children who like cereals have a healthy choice in the natural food sections of grocery stores. Yogurt or acidophilus and bifidophilus powder in a protein shake with fresh or organic frozen fruit and soy, rice or organic milk is a good start as well. Pancakes can be made with egg whites, oatmeal or granola, cinnamon and vanilla. The rule here is 4 egg whites to ½ cup oats or granola, mix in some cinnamon and vanilla to taste and cook like a pancake. This is a good snack for later in the day with a nut butter or jam spread. I like to use Stevia as a sweetener in this recipe and others. Stevia is a natural plant extract and a little bit goes a long way.
The idea is to provide a balance of protein and complex carbohydrate that will control the blood sugar balance. A breakfast of eggs and meat is fine if you are not vegetarian and you buy breakfast meats from health food stores without nitrates added. For the rest of the day it is important to eat plenty of fresh vegetables with meals and add in your protein either as fish, chicken or turkey, lean red meat, legumes, soy products, nuts and seeds.
Having plenty of healthy snacks for the kids is a good idea as they will learn to choose those kinds of foods like dried and fresh fruits, raw vegetables with a nutritious dip, yogurt, nut butters on rice cakes or whole grain crackers, non-prepared popcorn etc. Healthy drinks should also be available like soy or rice milk, real fruit juice, and organic milk if they tolerate dairy, and most importantly, purified water.
Diane Spindler is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor. Diane has been practicing her Mountain Holistic Health business for 5 years offering nutrition consulting and metabolic balancing through blood chemistry analysis, iridology and kinesiology.
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