WHAT TO FEED YOUR KIDS…
What we feed our kids has been brought to light in the last few years with the rising epidemic of obesity. Recently I asked those who follow me on social media what they wanted to learn more about…one friend asked me about what to feed her kids now that she’s on a specific diet plan, so I’m here to share with you ideas about food and what you can do if you find yourself asking the same question.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
So food really doesn’t need to be complicated. There are thousands of diets out there. I generally recommend people eat a well balanced diet and get some exercise for weight loss. People who do this tend to keep the weight off when they adopt this lifestyle. There have been times I’ve done something that required me to do something a little restrictive anywhere from three to twenty-one days. During these times though, I still eat food that I would feed my kids so I end up just making extra of whatever it is I’m eating and (since the plans were vegetarian and vegan) make some baked or grilled chicken. To keep things extra simple, I make enough for at least three to five days. That makes meal times easy.
Want a yummy snack idea? Check out my black bean hummus recipe.
BASIC MEAL IDEAS
Soups are always good because you can make a huge pot of it to eat throughout the week and even freeze it so you don’t waste it if they get tired of it. There are so many options from beef stew, chicken, any kind of veggie and meat, plain veggie, or chili. If you’re looking for recipes, just google or Pinterest soup. This might be an opportunity to try something new.
Spaghetti! My kids LOVE spaghetti. I find it gets better the longer it sits. Just like soup, you can make a giant pot and if you don’t feel like sticking to that meal every night. Just freeze it!
Grilled or baked chicken. Buy a giant tray and cook it at the beginning of the week. You can switch up veggies and whatever starch you want to include: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, or quinoa. There’s so much you can do with that. I’m not endorsing any diet plan, though there is one that I can’t stop seeing the name every time I sign on to Facebook. You should be able to have the kids eat what you eat and add a starch.
This is a yummy recipe my whole family loves and you can eat it few different ways.
Also, keep yummy fresh fruits and veggies around for the kids to snack on and don’t be afraid to serve fruit with your dinner or as a dessert.
HEALTHY EATING FOR ALL
Parents shouldn’t be the only ones eating. I think it’s great to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch. Meals don’t have to be super complicated. I usually do a protein of some sort, a veggie, and a starch, and keep herbs, spices, vinegars, and citrus on hand basically at all times so I can mix and make fresh marinades and toppings for my foods. I say, don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. I’ll be sharing some recipes for meals this Summer. I plan on blogging a bit more. 🙂
Food is food. It seems like we are constantly bombarded with “this is good for you” and “this is bad for you” rather than looking at the big picture. Food is enjoyable, and believe me, I enjoy it! If you’d like help learning how to fuel your body, lose some weight, and adopt a healthy lifestyle apply for coaching with me. I’d love to help you get on the right track.
I hope this helps someone in some way. Just remember, start kids young eating well balanced diets and keep them moving. Till next time…
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