The hardest thing of all is to backtrack on the nutrition of your children. If they have already mastered the art of junk food and it seems almost impossible to take it away, take a deep breath, and take it one step at a time.
Here are 4 ideas to get you started:
1. Sugary Cereals – Try whole oats with just enough hot water to cover them without making them soggy, add in fresh berries, chopped or pulverized nuts and honey. For those with a big sweet tooth, overdo the honey. If they like it, you can progressively minimize the honey and they won’t be able to tell. If this doesn’t work try changing their cereal to a heartier one like Kashi Go Lean Crunch and then try the oatmeal. Remember, your goal with breakfast is to provide a higher amount of protein than sugar, this will keep their energy and attitude in line for school and their focus better than ever.
2. Snack Time – Instead of “Goldfish” try Amy’s Organics “Cheddar Bunnies”. They taste the same but have better and fewer ingredients. Or better yet try combining fruit with a raw nut butter (almond, cashew, walnut, etc.)
3. Chicken Fingers – Most packaged Chicken Fingers have all sorts of unhealthy ingredients, let alone the quality of the chicken they use. Invest in a Food Saver and make your own. Dip the chicken in eggs and then make a breading. I created my own, it’s packed with nutrition and my son loves it. Breading: Unsweetened shredded coconut, Celtic sea salt, Salba (a grain filled with essential fatty acids), and Bob’s Red Mill “Gluten Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal”. There is no real formula for mixing, I taste it while it is dry to make sure it is not too salty or sweet and then I dip the chicken in and place them in individual food saver packages and freeze.
4. Milk Shakes and Ice Cream – Try Smoothies instead! These are the easiest way of packing in a lot of nutrition without your child feeling deprived. Use fresh fruit, nuts, and a bit of honey and you can create an array of recipes that your kids will enjoy. And…if you freeze them, as they thaw out they make a great sorbet/ice cream.
Last but not least, get your kids involved in the cooking or preparing of food, they are more apt to experiment and try new things if they are involved in the process. Remember it takes a child at least 4 tries to figure out if they like something or not, YOU CAN DO THIS!
In Peace, Love, and Health, Adita
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