Got Kids? Add These Food Activities to Your Kids Vacation List

With so much unhealthy junk food available, the challenge is to get kids involved in healthy eating. Include your children in the entire process of choosing, preparing, and eating foods that are both healthy and delicious.

Kids want to be independent. What better way to show them you know they are ready for more responsibility than allowing them to prepare food for themselves? Sometimes all they need are some food ideas and suggestions to spur them on in their creative endeavors.

For a quick and easy way to encourage kids to get interested in working with food, head on over to http://HealthyKidsEatingTips.com. There you will find a FREE report with fun and educational activities that will get your kids exploring the world of nutrition and food.

To your good health and that of your children,

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Home and Family Living Specialist

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Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

As your kids burst through the door after school are their first words “I’m hungry – what’s there to eat“? You may have anticipated this and been ready with a prepared snack. Or they may have to find or fix something themselves. A bag of chips is the quick and easy way. A shelf in the refrigerator or cupboard filled with healthy snacks is another option.  Which way does it work in your family?

Snacks represent a significant part of a child’s diet. These foods need to nourish them and not just fill them up.

Kids want to be independent. What better way to show them you know they are ready for more responsibility than allowing them to prepare food for themselves? Sometimes all they need are some food ideas and suggestions to spur them on in their creative endeavors.

Over a month’s worth of snack suggestions are found in my new ebook on How to Solve Your Child’s “After School Munchies” the Healthy Way – with Easy Recipes and Ideas. You and your children will find lots of healthy and nutritious choices so that better nutrition becomes fun. It can also get them started on a life-long path of making good food choices.

With so much unhealthy junk food available, the challenge is to get kids involved in healthy eating. Include your children in the entire process of choosing, preparing, and eating foods that are both healthy and delicious. Since all children love to eat, preparing food is a highly motivating activity. There is a great deal of pride when they prepare something for themselves. You sense this as they tell you,’See, I made it myself’.

Children are more likely to eat and enjoy food they have helped prepare. When kids have hands-on experiences, they have the joy of working with food as well as eating it. They love the sense of independence and accomplishment.

You and your children will appreciate the help this ebook provides. All the foods can be prepared quickly so that the snacks are ready after school or anytime your kids get hungry. This prevents the usual reaction of reaching for a quick fix of high calorie, high fat and/or carbohydrate foods.

You can order this ebook, How to Solve Your Child’s “After School Munchies” the Healthy Way – with Easy Recipes and Ideas here:  http://HealthyKidsEatingTips.com/more-info/. Will your child’s snacks be highly processed foods loaded with additives, or quick, healthy, whole foods that are nourishing and appealing – and fun to make?

To you and your family’s health,

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Food writer and author
http://HealthyKidsEatingTips.com/more-info/

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How To Get Your Children To Eat Better

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Today we have a guest post by a writer from our neighbors and friends to the North, Canada. As surmised, they have some of the same problems we have in the US. Read on…

Childhood obesity is a very real problem throughout North America. Our kids are bombarded a million times a day by ads for every form of unhealthy fast food on the planet so getting them to eat better is no easy task. However it can be done. Here are five ways to get your children to eat better.

The Wallet Diet

They say charity begins at home and, let’s face it, when you’re raising kids you’re running a 24-hour soup kitchen. The good news here is that you’re the manager of this particular soup kitchen so you get to decide what goes on the menu. Your child may covet that Big Mac, but you’ve got the magic beans that produce the burger.

A Steady Diet For The Brain

Teaching your kids about healthy eating early will pay great dividends down the road. Kids have a million questions and they all begin with “Why…” so during meal time explain to them why you’re having fruits and vegetables, chicken and fish and when it is time for that burger and fries make sure they understand why it’s not food for everyday.

Junk Food Is Not A Reward Diet

This is an all too easy mistake to make and sets up a pattern that can be hard to break. Try to avoid instilling in your child the idea that fattening foods can be had as a reward for doing jobs around the house or staying quiet in church and so on. Like Pavlov’s dogs, your junk food craving child will be programmed to embrace life in the fast food lane every time they do a good deed. Keep food interesting but keep it set in your child’s mind for what it is: energy to keep one alive and healthy.

The Availability Diet

Kids have voracious appetites. They’ll eat anything that isn’t nailed down. And as soon as they are old enough to raid the kitchen you’ll think a bomb went off in the cupboards. Well, sorry to say there’s nothing you can do about the size of your grocery bill, but what you can do is make sure the kitchen is stocked with healthy food only. When kids get hungry, they’ll eat whatever is available. If only healthy foods are available, well, you can figure out the rest.

The Occasional Diet

As a parent, one can’t help feeling like a drug pusher the first time you give your kid a piece of candy or that first bite of a cheeseburger. Remember, until that first taste, they have no idea junk food exists. But once they find out… look out! You’ve created a rabid monster! The thing is, once your child has a taste for sugary snacks or fast food, there’s no going back. Total abstinence won’t work because the ‘forbidden fruit’ will only seem all the more tempting. Instead teach your children about moderation by indulging in unhealthy meals or snacks only occasionally, making sure they understand that it is an indulgence and such food is not for every day.

This guest post was written by Andrew Salmon. He writes for the website Life Cover, which provides term life insurance in Canada. Andrew lives in Vancouver, BC.

Hope these comments help you get your children to eat healthy. Thanks for reading!

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Books
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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