Healthy eating for children can be a challenge, and some parents find great difficulty in trying to establish important patterns regarding healthy eating for kids. Children can be demanding, and some too young to know what is healthy, and what is not. Sometimes there is an issue gaining weight for the child. And parents across the world wondering, what if my child becomes obese? What can I do about it?
I have great news for all of you parents out there. And I want to give you some ideas for healthy eating for children and ways to replace the foods you want your kids to avoid, with these healthy alternatives!
Let's start with the main foods that you should avoid, as well as your children. Setting good examples with eating can make a huge difference in how well your child takes to eating differently.
When you think of the worst foods for your body, what comes to mind? Fast food, soda, French fries and hamburgers, chips, and candy. Many parents also might not believe that juices can be very bad for your kids, as well.
You may think, what could I possibly replace these foods with, so my kid will not only enjoy the food, but become healthier as well?
Take the first step towards healthy eating for children by replacing the bad-for-you and your kid junk food.
Let's talk about chips and French fries. There are quite a few alternatives to it. The obvious one is crunchy veggies.
Throw some celery or carrots, maybe pair it together with peanut butter, for dipping. What do all three of these foods have in common?
They are all crunchy, and it's a great way to get some vegetables in the kids meals and put in practice healthy eating for children.
There is the option of making your own potato chips or home made baked fries. For example, sweet potato chips you can make them right from your home in about 25 minutes total, that is prep time and cooking time!
They are packed with vitamins A and C. You can use a small amount of olive oil, versus vegetable oil, and choose whatever toppings you like, instead of a bunch of butter and sour cream.
An other great replacement for french fries is baked zucchini fries. Baked zucchini fries are healthy and yummy! So great idea for healthy eating for children.
All you need is:
This can be cooked in just 20 minutes, and a marinara sauce is a great idea for a dipper, instead of ketchup! You can search for different recipes for this, but it's a great way to
get some veggies into your kids mouth, without them hating every second!
Now, when it comes to soda and sugary juice and juice flavored drinks, you would think nothing would be wrong with drinking juice, right? Wrong. Even 100% juice, being a good source of Vitamin C, does not have as much fiber as fresh fruit, and most calories in it are from sugar.
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) does suggest 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day, for children under 6 years old, and only 8 to 12 ounces a day for kids older than 6.
One option is to make your own juice, from fresh fruit. It's a fun way to get your kid involved in their own eating habits, and you can mix different juices and let your kid decide what they like.
Smoothies are another fantastic option. Get fresh fruit, or frozen fruit, milk and juice (or home made juices), a little ice, and a blender and have fun!
To make this smoothie even more healthy and nutrient rich add 2 scoop of Herbalife Kids shake. You will get extremely healthy shake with 100% of the key nutrients your child needs plus the protein and fiber. Again, this is another area where your child can be involved with the process, first hand, right along with you!
Next we come to soda,
undoubtedly one of the worst things a child can have. The transition
from soda to soda-free isn't always going to be the most fun thing, but
it is possible, know that! There is a recipe I really love on the
internet for fruit sodas, and it calls for :
You can use any variety of juices, and slipping some pomegranate, black cherry, or blueberry juices are tasty and delicious, but are also full of great antioxidants.
Another way to do this, is to combine fruit purees with the carbonated water, any kind of fruits. Simply throw them in the blender. Your kids can come up with fun, yummy combinations of fruits that work for them, and I tell you what, this is a guaranteed hit. Who knows, your children may not even notice the difference.
I want to give you one more idea for replacing soda, since I know it can be difficult, so you have a few options. If your kid(s) love tea, this is another option to put in practice healthy eating for children.
You can grab a variety pack of fruit flavored teas, and let your child pick what flavor.
Sometimes there is no need to drop the tea bag into hot water, simply drop it into cold water. In a few minutes, that flavor will intensify, and the color changing in the water will attract the eyes of your family.
Another thing, you may decide you want to wean your kid off the soda. There are options for sodas that are natural as opposed to artificial soft drinks. Izze is one brand, and yes, they are free from artificial additives and caffeine. Some of their products do still have a large amount of sugar, either cane sugar and/or a naturally occurring fructose, not HFCS.
I hope that these ideas for healthy eating for children and alternatives to junk food and fast food help you and your family achieve the goals you have! Herbalife and Herbalife Kids are also a great way to help you achieve those goals.
Remember that you are helping your child set their healthy eating habits that will be carried with them, through out their life!