Healthy food for kids can be made by cooking with clean, organic and fresh ingredients. Healthy food is colorful! It is full of vitamins and antioxidants and minerals. It tastes amazing.
The importance of nutrition for kids? As you can probably imagine, as a family health coach, I will say that it is very important!
Well, from birth until the last breaths we take, our body depends primarily on one thing – food.
Nutrition (or eating) is simply the process of providing the raw materials we need to our body. And this process is necessary in order to make life possible.
When eating well, your kids will be happier, calmer and better able to handle the ups and downs in life. Doesn't that sound good?
The benefits of eating healthy at all ages are endless! But when you are young there are some special ones.
For example, did you know that young girls who eat a lot of fruit get a better protection against certain cancers than other who don't eat that well (time.com)?
Without good nutrition our children wouldn't have the energy they need.
All of us need energy. We need it in the morning when we wake up and we need it for every single move we make throughout the day. It gives us the ability to function normally and it is produced in our body only after the body is fed with food.
The main form of energy in the human body is carbohydrates.
The only carbohydrate source available in this world is the food we eat.
Something to think about is that a healthy carb source like
sweet potatoes, fruit or whole grain rice
will give a steady level of constant energy while the unhealthy ones like sugar or processed juice will only mess with your children's energy levels, making them tired soon again.
The benefits of a healthy diet are definitely many.
Healthy foods like
greens, beets, vegetables, herbs and fruits
will even protect your kids from getting sick.
and protein (which does not mean meat by the way) so their body is able to take care of his nervous system, bones, muscles and all the organs.
And also to repair anything that needs to be repaired.
Do you know that nuts like Brazil nuts, walnuts or almonds (or any kind of nut for that matter) contain both a good amount of protein and healthy fats?
Sounds like something you should get your kids to eat once in a while.
I just now a few minutes ago put some on a plate on the table next to where my son is sitting playing his Nintendo, and sure enough he has started eating them without thinking too much about it :)
Antioxidants for example, found in colorful roduce, like...
They protect our organs from disease.
What about special occasions? Do we always have to stick to healthy choices?
If you can, I would say yes. Or at least get the healthiest choice out of the bad ones.
You can also bake yourself or have someone bake for you, but those cakes you order with blue and red dyes might not be the best, unfortunately.. I know they look so cool but it isn't cool once they reach our digestive system.
Bake your own cake and melt some chocolate (vegan preferably) to write things on the cake. I made one cake like that for my child's 18th birthday. The whole cake was vegan.
If you want to serve commercial snacks, find the ones with the shortest ingredient list. You can also make popcorn for the kiddos, it's cheap and if you get organic popcorn there is no GMO risk, and then that should be totally fine!
Something to keep in mind is that there should always be a balanced ratio between the different nutrients we consume.
Because of this it is highly recommended you make sure your child eats a healthy diet.
But it isn't that complicated though, but if you do feel lost, maybe a sample diet plan or meal plan could help or at least serve as a general guide.
Lots of love,
Health Coach Antonia
By the way, I like this video, so I wanted to share it with you: