Keeping Kids Healthy Naturally
It’s difficult to comprehend the large amount of information that is out there when dealing with the health and wellbeing of our children. So try and keep things simple and stress-free by selecting natural ingredients for their meals!
By choosing natural ingredients for your kids, you are eliminating the worry about preservatives or harmful food additives that we are so often warned about in pre-packaged processed food. But how do you handle the objections when your children demand artificially colourful, unhealthy, popular sweet treats and meals that you know can be harmful to them in the long run?
It can actually be a process that takes some time. However, perseverance will pay off if you begin to include your children in the food preparation process. This will educate and assist them in making healthy choices for themselves, thus changing their view of the food that you would prefer them to eat(327). Put simply, they will be the ones choosing the healthy food rather than the high-energy, low nutrient-content snacks and meals. Check out some of the naturally colourful and easy recipes on the Australian Avocados Kids in the Kitchen page, try them out with your kids and see how much they enjoy getting involved!
Apart from the food you prepare, always remember to encourage physical activity, as this goes hand in hand with a healthy diet for young, growing bodies. Movement is paramount to the correct growth and development of children. Circulation of blood throughout the body and muscular and skeletal systems can be affected if they do not partake in some form of exercise, resulting in debilitating disorders later in life, such as osteoporosis, stress fractures and low bone density(328). In addition to bone health, daily activities such as walking, jumping and running that children engage in promote cognitive development(329).
By naturally improving your children’s lifestyle, you are taking a holistic approach which may benefit them for years to come and may prevent the early onset of diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and blood-pressure related disorders.
Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding.