Tuesday, February 28, 2012

You are what you eat?

You are what you eat.  Is that true?

So, if I eat this will I be a SUPERSTAR???

We are constantly trying to make sure that our son is getting some fruits and veggies in his diet everyday and it is tricky!  To go organic or not to go organic...how harmful is BPA plastic?  There is so much to think about as a parent.  

How do we make eating healthy and fun?

One place that I go is Jill's blog meetthedubiens.com for her Fun Food Friday!  It is a great way to make eating exciting while adding variety and color.  Here are a few of her marvelous creations {she is full of them}!

So, as a special treat in the spirit of yumminess, The Little Nook has a guest writer, Kristin Wells who is a self-proclaimed "health-nut to boot".  You won't want give these great ideas the boot!  Enjoy!

Turning Food into a Nutritional Powerhouse

As a mother, what your kids are eating is always on your mind. You want to make sure that they’re getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins in their diet. However, making kids eat healthy food all the time is practically impossible. The key is to cleverly disguise healthy foods so that they taste just as good as the foods your kids love to eat.

If your kids are used to skipping breakfast, get them to start eating sometime in the morning. Eggs are packed with Vitamin B12. Plus, since they can be prepared in so many different ways, chances are you’ll find at least one egg style that your kids won’t turn their nose up at. For me, I never liked eggs until my mom started cooking them over-hard. The runny yolk of an over-easy egg always grossed me out.

Oatmeal is a great meal that will keep your kids full for hours. Plus, they won’t get the sugar rush that usually sets in within a few hours after eating. Make oatmeal palatable for your little ones by adding fresh fruit or a bit of cinnamon. For added protein, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter {if they don't have allergies}.

What kid doesn’t love spaghetti? Prepare 100% whole wheat spaghetti and cover it with antioxidant-packed tomato sauce. They won’t even be able to tell the difference between the healthy spaghetti you’ve prepared and the processed, white flour spaghetti they’re used to. Whole grain carbs will keep them full longer and are part of a healthy diet.

If you’re worried that your kids aren’t getting enough protein in their diet, and you’re not able to get them to eat chicken or fish, give them a smoothie. Most kids won’t say no to this sweet treat and you can stir in flavored protein powder so they’ll get the protein they need to stay strong and energetic.

Wheat germ tastes like an ice cream topping while being super healthy. One serving of wheat germ contains fiber, zinc, iron, thiamin and manganese. Sprinkle some on yogurt, cereal, oatmeal or even pudding for a healthy addition to kid-friendly foods. I’ve found that I love eating wheat germ with my yogurt in the morning. It goes great with any flavor. Not to mention, I definitely have more energy in the mornings than I use to since I’ve been putting it in my yogurt.

Add hemp seeds to your kid’s favorite dinnertime stew. Hemp seeds taste nutty and include protein, fiber, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium and manganese. You can also add it to salads, homemade granola bars and even top ice cream off with it.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be punishment for your family. With only a few simple substitutions or additions, you don’t have to feel bad about serving it to your family. With just a few small changes, you can enjoy just about any family favorite dish, either new or classic. I enjoy these substitutions because I don’t have to feel guilty for eating it afterwards. Some of these quick and easy substitutions are found in numerous American Cancer Society recipes to combat pericardial mesothelioma. 

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

Thank you Kristin!!!!

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