Guest Blog: ‘Three Healthy Eating Habits for Children’ by Alyshia Venus

Guest Blog: ‘Three Healthy Eating Habits for Children’ by Alyshia Venus

Hello and welcome to another guest blog. This week we are looking at children and healthy eating. This post has been written especially for my blog by Alyshia Venus. Alyshia Venus is a food blogger and mum. She is dedicated to promoting healthy living and encouraging parents to make sure their children eat a balanced diet. In her spare time she loves to visit great restaurants and try new cuisines and flavors.

 

All parents want the best for their children and for them to grow up healthy. Yet one area that a lot of parents find hard to get right is their child’s diet. Live Science states that the diets of children have deteriorated over the past two generations. In this article we will look at three healthy eating habits that will improve your children’s diet and upbringing.

 

Balanced Diet

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Nutrients are very important in a child’s diet and getting them to eat five fruit and vegetables a day can be challenging. Research has shown the enormous health benefits of ensuring that your child gets enough vitamins and nutrients through vegetables and fruit. A balanced diet is vitally important to your child’s health and upbringing. The recommended amount of fruit and vegetables is five a day, yet with the accessibility of junk food and microwavable meals children are often getting protein, sugar and salt heavy meals. One way parents can ensure their children are getting the required amount is to hide the fruit in healthy treats. Toosta presented three recipes for healthy summer snacks for your children, with one of these snacks being a mango lime popsicle.

You will need:

2 ripe mangos, chopped
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
9 plastic 3oz cups / popsicle moulds
Small wooden craft sticks

How to:
In a blender, puree all the ingredients. Taste and adjust.
Pour into cups / molds and freeze for a least 4 hours. After the first 2 hours, place the sticks into the partially frozen pops.

 

Eat Meals As a Family

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We all lead busy schedules and one area that suffers the most is family meal times. These days even a family dinner at the weekend can be a struggle to fit in. Family meals allow you to control what your child eats and you can promote healthy eating at the same time. Eating meals as a family is not just about what you eat it is also how you eat. Family meals should be a time that the family comes together in an enjoyable setting to spend quality time together. WebMD states that mealtimes should not be unpleasant because children may eat faster to leave the table as soon as possible. This can lead to the association of eating and stress.

 

Cut down on sugar

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in diets have led to obesity and health problems. The WHO states that the calories in these beverages have very little nutritional value and don’t provide the same feeling of fullness that solid food provides. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver did a TED talk on how much hidden sugar (sugar that is in products you wouldn’t necessarily expect) is found in products aimed at children. He created a visual demonstration using a wheelbarrow to show how much sugar a child would consume from sugars in flavored milk. A parent must be aware of what their children consumes and how much sugar can be hidden in a bottle of orange juice or their favorite cereal. It is recommended to limit sweets and fizzy drinks and only let your children have them as a treat.

 

 

Please do leave Alyshia some comments and feedback. You can check out Alyshia’s own blog over at Allie Speakz and follow her on Twitter @AllieCooper_18 .

 

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23 Comments

  1. 9th September 2016 / 9:59 pm

    The berries are everywhere in Australia right now. We are FEASTING on them. Having strawberries for dessert without anything else. They are divine!

    • Jaki
      10th September 2016 / 8:39 pm

      I love strawberries!! I envy you!

  2. 10th September 2016 / 7:50 am

    Yes I agree completely especially about eating meals as a family so important fo communication. #POCOLO

    • Jaki
      10th September 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Always important whenever it’s possible. Although sometimes it isn’t.

  3. 10th September 2016 / 10:05 am

    I’m all for eating meals as a family! JHogg works late so during the work week we wont be, but at the weekends we will all eat together. I think it really helps with Piglets weaning #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      10th September 2016 / 8:42 pm

      I have the same issue in the week. But we try to at weekends when possible.

  4. 11th September 2016 / 10:42 am

    Some great tips. we make a big effort now to eat as a family and if possible the same food! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      11th September 2016 / 8:01 pm

      It’s great to do it whenever possible, although sometimes for us it’s quite difficult! Having a fussy eater doesn’t help!

  5. 12th September 2016 / 1:55 pm

    We eat pretty healthy around here, but our friends and family do not, so it’s always so hard when we’re visiting and everybody else is eating something different – my daughter never wants whatever food I’ve packed, then. Have a great week! #justanotherlinky

    • Jaki
      12th September 2016 / 6:09 pm

      I have a very picky eater so it’s really hard for us sometimes. These kids are sent to try us!! 🙂

  6. 13th September 2016 / 12:13 pm

    My Husband works long hours in a very unorganised shift pattern, this means that meals as a family can be difficult to achieve. When we get the chance I always make sure we all sit down together, I think its so important for children to enjoy this time.

    #anythinggoes

    • Jaki
      13th September 2016 / 12:24 pm

      We are the same. Sometimes my husband is home in time for dinner, sometimes he’s not, that coupled with my little boy needing to eat at around 5pm makes it quite difficult. It’s not like the old days!

  7. 13th September 2016 / 9:56 pm

    What a great post – and so true. Jamie has done wonders for raising food issues but every parent has to take responsibility too. Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

    • Jaki
      14th September 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Great isn’t it? All down to Allie 🙂 Thanks for hosting, as usual 🙂 🙂

  8. 16th September 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I guess we’re not too bad by having a balanced diet. I am yet to sort the dining room out for us to eat properly as a family.
    Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlinky

    • Jaki
      19th September 2016 / 1:05 pm

      It’s difficult isn’t it? We struggle as hubby is not always home at dinner time.

  9. 18th September 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Great advice. I think its important to teach children about nutrition too so they make better choices later on
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • Jaki
      19th September 2016 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you. This post has had a great response.

  10. Ross - The Stented Papa
    18th September 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I love the mango lime ice pops recipes and will 100% try them out. Our eldest daughter (Nip#1) eats so little. It breaks my heart and we try new dishes with her on every week. 95% of the time, we just get ‘I don’t like that’ and it gets pushed away (see http://thestentedpapa.com/2016/07/17/why-wont-she-eat-anything/). So I’m all for trying to sneak the goodness in any way I can so thanks for this. Sugar is the devil, it’s absolutely everywhere. Great post.

    • Jaki
      19th September 2016 / 12:46 pm

      Ah thanks, that’s really appreciated. It’s great to have positive responses to guest posts! I hope your kids enjoy the ice pops!

  11. Ross - The Stented Papa
    18th September 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Forgot to add #AnythingGoes 🙂

  12. 24th October 2016 / 5:03 pm

    These 3 tips are so valuable, especially in cutting sugar. In my Family, I do not necessarily cut sugar but I’m substituting it to a more natural and non-processed sugar which is honey. This is a pure honey from a farm near our house, from all our foods and drinks what we do is instead of putting sugar what we put is honey, this is more healthy than any processed white sugar. Cheers to honey lovers!

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Great tips from you too! Thanks for reading 🙂

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