Nutrition for Kids

Nutrition for Kids

 

Our children are being targeted by corporate America constantly via the television, Internet, billboards and more — all of which are shoving processed foods in their faces at all times. As parents and guardians, it’s important to monitor our children’s diet and make sure they are receiving the proper nutrition their growing bodies require!

 

AVOID PROCESSED FOODS

 

The packaging of processed foods can be hard for a child to turn down with all of their bright colors and promises of sweet and savory delights! DON’T BUY IT! Processed foods will affect your child’s brain power and not to mention their weight. Childhood obesity is an epidemic, largely because of the mass consumption of processed foods. Don’t even go there!

 

OFFER YUMMY ALTERNATIVES

 

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat here and there. Unsweetened applesauce, fresh fruit, honey and diluted fruit juice are all delicious options that are still completely natural, allowing your child to satiate their sweet tooth without derailing their nutrition!

 

MAKE A GAME OUT OF IT

 

Kids respond to games (don’t we all!) so when selecting veggies and fruits, ask them to help you find all of the colors of the rainbow at the grocery store. Mention the darker and richer the color, the better their bodies will feel! Pretty soon they’ll be picking out the swiss chard, eggplant and kale all on their own and asking for it come dinner time! For older children that can help in the kitchen, you might want to ask them to assist you for meal prep. They’ll feel extra excited to eat such a healthy, delicious meal knowing that they also contributed!

 

By focusing on making your child’s meals as nutrient-dense as possible, they’ll be better prepared to handle full days at school, after-school activities and navigating their social lives. As we know here at S.A.L.A.D., everything is intertwined — mind, body and soul!

 

Peace, Love, Grace and Namasgar,

 

Gar

 

 

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