His little hands are so cute I could just scream…..but I won’t because I already have 3 kids running around my house screaming…let’s no add fuel to the fire here!
So how do you start implementing this into their lives?
- Start NOW (TODAY, I don’t care if your child is 16 years old, its never too late!)
- Start SLOWLY (Seriously, you can’t just wipe out all snack foods or they will go withdrawal crazy on you…seriously don’t attempt this!)
- Lie and Trick them (Make a healthy smoothie for them, give it a cool name, and top it with some light spray whip cream and sprinkles…boom they never know they are eating healthy!)
- Start slowly talking about what food, drink, and exercise does for your body. Help them to understand that eating too much sugar can help onset diabetes and diabetes brings these problems…explain some of the problems. Help them see that exercise does a significant amount of GOOD things for their bodies. My kids know that their exercise is Jujitsu, soccer, swimming, and playing right now. They understand that as they get older their exercise becomes different and starts to look like mine.)
- Teach them by SHOWING them. (That means YOU need to exercise and you need to eat healthy for them to jump on board. If you aren’t doing it, their not doing it. Show them the way.)
- Let them know that food is never off limits. (If they want a cookie they can have a cookie all in portion control. If something is off limits then its creates a desire in people to have it or want it. A little trick my mom did with me…..If I asked for a cookie and I already had one or didn’t need one she would say Oh yeah we will get one in a minute and she would get my mind on something else. Most of time I would forget about it and move on.)
- When they ask for a snack give them options. (When the boys comes in from school I try and have a snack ready. I usually have some fruit out or 1/2 a sandwich depending on when their practices are that afternoon. I try to put GOOD food in their face so they see that first and grab it. They do have a Little Debbie from time to time when we are rushing around but I try to remind them, see that was good but you’re still hungry and it won’t fuel you for soccer practice. Lay the food on the counter so its the first thing they see when they come in and they are starving.)
- Always or REALLY try to have dinner as a family at the table. (The kids will see you eating a healthy dinner, they will be talking about their days and you getting quality time with them but you are also teaching them to sit down and enjoy the meals. Actually enjoy and taste their foods. I talk about God making the food specifically for us to eat and water to drink because he knew what our bodies needed. If we grew that vegetable or picked it up at the farmers market I will make sure they remember that! Hey guys this is the cucumber we picked from the garden yesterday! They get so excited!)
- Make food FUN! (If they are eating cucumbers and tomatoes cut them into cute shapes if you are that momma who does that…9 times out of 10 it isn’t happening in this house, and I am a fun mom but I have my limits! If you know they don’t like plain veggies find ways to spice them up…top them with their favorite cheese, add salt and pepper I DON’T KNOW WHY A KID LOVES TO WATCH YOU PUT SALT AND PEPPER BUT THEY DO and they will eat it most likely, okay probably just the salt! Add ranch, peanut butter….whatever it is! ADD IT!! Then as the time goes by you can lessen the amount each time you add it and they will get used to eating it normal.
- Have them cook or make it with you if possible! (When you get the kids involved in making it they are proud of what they did and they are more likely to eat it…trust me! Even if I ask the boys to pick some basil or a bell pepper from the garden they are way more excited about the meal because they had a part in it.)
Rivers, I am crazy busy I don’t have time to have fresh cut watermelon out on the table when we get home!
HELLO, I know your world because I have been there done that and honey I know life is stressful enough and that you can barely get dinner on the table. So here is some helpfulness…..
MASON JARS, TUPPERWARE, and ZIPLOC BAGS
First let me say, I use all of these AND I KNOW I SHOULDN’T use the plastic and I am really cutting back on using it but I still use it sometimes.
Okay my favorite out of these are the……. mason jars! You will be amazed at how long food stays fresh in there especially if you layer it correctly! They are made out of glass so they don’t leak any chemicals in there, they are perfect to grab and go, you can personalize for each person in your family, you throw them in the dishwasher & they don’t melt and they seriously keep food fresh for at least 6/7 days! Just depending on the week and whats ahead I like a big Tupperware full because I can just throw it out on the table and everybody can dig in and pick their favorites but it doesn’t stay quite as fresh as the mason jars and it might be leaking chemicals….but sometimes it’s just easier and there is only one thing to wash. So choose according to your family, your life, and your week! They have different sizes of mason jars to help with portion control! The small ones are great for when the kids come in. I just tell them to grab one out of the fridge and sit down for homework and just like that they have a healthy snack in their hands! Sundays are usually my prep day for the week. So I cut up pineapple, watermelon, apples (honey yes, put them in that mason jar and you will be amazed) grapes, whatever it is and put them in your storage container so they are washed and ready to eat for the week!
I am leaving you today with a banana smoothie recipe that my kids just adore! Breakfast, snack, dessert…….So here it is and I hope they love it! Please feel free to adjust this to your families needs!
BANANA BOMB SMOOTHIE
1/2-1 cup of almond milk, coconut milk (regular milk, lactaid, whatever you use) Adjust this according to how thick you like your smoothie
1/2-1 cup of frozen banana slices (depending on how thick you want it, the bananas will thicken it up)
1/2 tsp of banana flavoring
1 tsp of organic Chai seeds (these are super healthy, no taste, and pack protein)
1/2 a scoop of protein powder (If you’re brave enough for the protein powder I use Orgain protein powder Vanilla flavor because it mixes with everything, not made with whey, and safe for kids! I swap it up and use the Carrington Farms coconut protein powder as well but it’s bland so you will need to add something to sweeten the smoothie if you choose this option! Click the links below to check it out!
To sweeten it…My kids have gotten use to the protein powder doing that for me but in the beginning I added a little extra sugar and as time went on I put less and less in there. What sugar do I use….all kinds! Coconut sugar, regular white sugar..whatever your family likes and uses. It’s not a lot your adding so feel free to do what you like! I don’t like giving kids fake sugar so I try and stick to the plain and more natural products available!
Every once in a while I will throw 1/2 tsp of ground flax seed in the smoothie for added fiber!
Put in a blender and blend!
Pour in a cute cup, top with light spray whip cream and sprinkles or a sliced banana and BOOM done!