Portion Control – A Key to Fighting Childhood Obesity

One of the main problems in treating childhood obesity is the issue of “portion control.” This is not just a problem for children – many adults suffer from it, too. Good eating habits and the ability to control the quantity of food consumed are very important tools for preventing obesity in children.

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How You Can Help Your Child Stop Drinking Soda and Juice

 

A child’s body is 70% water, and even slight dehydration could lead to a health risk.  That is why drinking plenty of fluids is very important during the childhood years. When I talk about the importance of fluids, I don’t include sweet drinks such as soda in this recommendation. Soda drinks are fluids but with a high amount of sugar and other artificial additives (colors, flavors and more), which make them less healthy drink options. Continue reading “How You Can Help Your Child Stop Drinking Soda and Juice”

The Truth About Orange Juice

Is Orange Juice Bad for Your Kids?!!

 

Many parents know that soda is unhealthy and not recommended for children or adults. But what about orange juice and other fruit juices? We know it’s very important healthwise to eat fruit every day, but do fruit juices deliver the same nutritional benefits?  The answer is:  NO! Continue reading “The Truth About Orange Juice”

The Right Way to Let Your Kids Enjoy Sweets

 

We live in a society in which sweets and snacks are an inseparable part of our eating culture.  To ignore them would be wrong, especially when we all know that we enjoy treats and don’t want to give them up — adults and kids alike. So, treats can and should be included in your meal plan…in the proper amount. Continue reading “The Right Way to Let Your Kids Enjoy Sweets”

11 Tips for Preparing Healthy Meals at Home

 

We are living in a very intense world. Most parents are trying to provide good, healthy food for their kids while working at the same time. It is not simple (almost impossible) to cook a new dinner from scratch every day. At the same time, we know that there is no replacement for  homemade cooking. When you cook at home, you can control the quality of the food and the meal’s nutritional content. Continue reading “11 Tips for Preparing Healthy Meals at Home”

Help Prevent Childhood Obesity by Keeping These 5 Foods Out of Your House

 

The ability to make smart food choices at a young age is greatly influenced by the kind of food kids see at home. As parents, it is our responsibility to create a nutritional environment which promotes healthy eating habits.  It is extremely important to ensure the food the child is eating is of high nutritional quality. We need to avoid foods with “empty calories” which means they are high in calories from fat and sugar, but low in nutritional benefits. Continue reading “Help Prevent Childhood Obesity by Keeping These 5 Foods Out of Your House”

Back to School – Best Foods to Pack for Your Child’s Lunch

 

The importance of a healthy lunch

How many of you dread school day mornings because you are asking yourself, “What should I put in my child’s lunch box?”  School day mornings are already challenging enough without having to worry about this question!  I always try to come up with the most nutritious and tasty combinations to pack in my children’s lunch boxes. I hope that they will eat their lunches and that I won’t find them languishing in the bottom of their backpacks at the end of the day. Continue reading “Back to School – Best Foods to Pack for Your Child’s Lunch”

10 Tasty and Healthy Breakfasts for Your Child

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for the whole family

For our kids, it is even more crucial because it facilitates growth and development that occurs at night as they sleep, and it helps them start their day with high energy and a good mood. Creating a balanced, healthy, and tasty breakfast for your child can be a challenge. It is important to understand what essential components are needed to provide a balanced, healthy breakfast. Continue reading “10 Tasty and Healthy Breakfasts for Your Child”

Start the day off right for your kids with a healthy breakfast!

 

Helping your kids create good habits

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So, why is it so difficult to convince our children to eat in the morning? How can we help them build healthy eating habits for the morning? Studies have shown that eating breakfast can help kids feel more energetic and perform better in school. Continue reading “Start the day off right for your kids with a healthy breakfast!”

How to introduce new (healthy) foods to your child?

 

Many children have an initial negative reaction to trying new food. For some children, it is a process in which they need to feel safe before they are willing to taste a small bit. For others, being faced with new foods could mean WAR! These children will not try any kind of unfamiliar new food and may even vomit if they are forced to taste a new food. Continue reading “How to introduce new (healthy) foods to your child?”