Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Healthy Cooking & Shopping

How Can Kids Help?                         (10) Mean Green Cleaning Machine. Let them wash fruits and vegetables when preparing for cooking or eating.   (9) Pick A Peck!  When shopping, let them select a new fruit or vegetable to try … or several!   (8) Make It Snappy! Let them snap the green beans, snap peas, or break the flowerettes from the broccoli or cauliflower.   (7) I Spy. Play “I Spy” in the produce section when grocery shopping.   (6) Tear It Up! Let them tear the lettuce for salads and sandwiches.   (5) Measure Up! Let them measure the frozen vegetables before cooking them. See How Much You Need   (4) Peel & Slice. Older children can peel and slice carrots, cucumbers, potatoes … the list goes on!   (3) Stir & Spice. Make applesauce from fresh apples. Let them help stir and add the cinnamon.   (2) A Sprinkle A Day… Let them sprinkle herbs or other seasonings onto vegetables.              (1) Monster Mash! Pull out the potato masher!                                             Source:  http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-to-get-kids-involved...

Questions and Answers-Transitioning Process

1. (Q) Can bad eating habits play a part in not succeeding at healthy living? (A) Yes! Lack of energy, focus, and mental clarity are all concerns of poor diet.        2. (Q) How do I mentally prepare myself if this way of living is all I’ve known?      (A) It’s important to set realistic goals and take 1 step at a time to integrate healthy changes.     3. (Q) Is it possible to have emotional attachments to food?      (A) Of course! Cultural, socioeconomic, and convenience all play a part in the development of perceived          comforts.      4. (Q) Is having a support team important?       (A) Very important! We are social creatures and we associate with those who are like-minded.     5. (Q) Is it vital to couple supplements with healthy eating?      (A) In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s hard to get the full recommended daily allowances of nutrients so it’s vitally important to supplement according to specific individual needs.     6. (Q) Can age play a part in the speed of my progression?      (A) It’s never too late to change for good! Consistency is the speed of progress.     7. (Q) After I reach my goal weight, how do I maintain it?      (A)...

Food Allergy

What is a Food Allergy? There Are Different Types of Allergic Reactions to Foods! If your child has symptoms after eating certain foods, he or she may have a food allergy. A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms. This is an allergic reaction.  The most common allergenic foods, also known as the ‘big eight’, are: eggs. fish. milk. nuts from trees (including hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and Brazil nuts) peanuts (groundnuts) shellfish (including shrimps, mussels, and crab) soya....