Often times we turn on the news or read an article about children developing unhealthy living habits that lead to a variety of health issues. The big one that catches our attention is the threat of obesity. As a result, we may feel the need to jump into action and “fix” the problem. So, we read articles on the web and overnight we put our kids on an eating regimen that has the unfortunate consequence of making healthy living feel like a chore. Word has it most kids hate to do their chores. As parents our efforts should be the exact opposite. Healthy living can be fun and simple! For now, we will explore healthy snack choices and joys of self-empowerment. Here are 3 easy tips using SAW formula or Snacks Available with Water:
Do you remember ROYGBIV? It was an easy way for kids to remember the colors on the spectrum. Try applying this to the snack menu and make it FUN by having the children eat the snacks that correspond with the colors on the spectrum in the ROYGBIV order. For example: Strawberries (red), Carrots (orange), Pineapple (yellow), Broccoli (green), Blue Berries (blue), Plums (indigo), Grapes (violet).
I’m sure through your searches you’ve found articles that recommend the bottom shelf of your fridge or pantry is the best place to keep fruits, veggies and healthy snacks. Well, we are going to restate it because it works. It’s the same concept that grocery stores implement when they are pushing the latest sugary cereal or “fruit” bars. Invert their methods by keeping the healthy options on their level and the unhealthier options (if you have any) away from their line of site. This will foster healthy eating choices and empower your children to be active in the decisions that aid in developing good eating habits.
The benefits of drinking water cannot be overstated. Besides aiding and flushing toxins out of your system, it can also improve your kid’s mood. So if the taste of water (or the lack of for some) is an issue for your little ones consider infusing the water with some fruit (perhaps a citrus). There are several bottles and pitchers that can do this in very inventive ways that are available online. The idea is to keep them away from the excessive sugar in many manufactured beverages. Also, many fruits contain as high as 92% water and some vegetables contain as high as 96% water, so needless to say this will be instrumental in keeping your children well hydrated unlike the unhealthier counterparts.
Introducing healthy snacks and making them available with a glass of water is a surefire way to ensure that your child will make the best eating choices to grow up healthy and strong.
Please share your thoughts and any other suggestions you have to help our kids grow up healthy and strong.
By: Lewis Edwards II & Joseph R. Vivens
Source for water stat: http://www.livestrong.com/article/350652-percentage-of-water-in-fruits-vegetables/