Dawson is just like any other 5 year old; he wants sugar cereal, chocolate milk, chips, candy or some other junk for every meal. I guess you could hold your kid down and force them to eat good food, but a more clever method is to fix them foods that they can enjoy that are healthy, hearty, tasty, and that you can enjoy too so that you can be a positive role model and eat it with them sometimes. Parents, you need to realize that after your children grow up and make their own dietary decisions that they will revert back to eating foods that are familiar to them. That means that the foods you give them to eat while they are young establish their health standards for the rest of their life. Nearly every single overweight child becomes an overweight adult. The burden is on us parents. We need to make sure that our kids live a quality of life, for their entire life, that only nutritious foods can bring about.
Kids need a lot of fat in their diets. Fat is an important fuel source and it is vital to brain function and development. Sugar is a different story. Kids need very little sugar in their diets. The sugar found naturally in fruits has enough energy to give kids what they need. The sugars that are all so common in products marketed directly to kids are
. They want it, but it doesn't do their growing bodies one bit of good. It's rather impossible to avoid letting your kids eat some sugar, and that's OK. The important thing is that they do eat some quality food at least 3 times per day. The #1 best way to keep your kids off sugar is to keep sugary foods out of your shopping cart! If it's not in the house, it's not an edible option.
Organic Mickey Mouse Pancakes
"Hey kids, your breakfast choices are; eggs and onions, pork chops and onions, liver and onions or MICKY MOUSE PANCAKES!" You know what they're going to want!
Follow direction on whole wheat, organic, Pancake ready-mix or follow this recipe-
1 cup 100% whole-wheat flower
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all ingredients in large bowl
Brush non-stick skillet with olive oil
Pour two 1 inch circles about 3 inches apart in skillet. These are the eyes. Below the eye poor a half moon shape for the mouth. Let eyes and mouth sit for 30-45 seconds. Pour about ¼ cup batter over eyes and mouth to form face. Let sit for about 15 seconds. Finally, pour two 2 inch circles to form the ears. Let cook for about two minutes each side or until golden brown.
Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich
This is a great mid-day energy booster that is easy to fix and a favorite with kids of all ages. Be sure to let them know that the crust is the part that makes you grow the most! Serve with whole milk, but make sure they eat their sandwiches first! If you don't mind a mess, let them dunk in their milk.
2 slices 100% whole wheat bread or Organic Multi Grain Bread
half of one large banana
Mix peanut butter and honey in a bowl
Spread mix on one slice of bread
Top mix with sliced banana pieces
Peanut Butter Snack Bars
These little snack bars are really filling and delicious. Rather than pack the usual junky snacks like potato chips and cookies when you're on road trips, camping, hiking or spending the day at the beach, you can bring these little babies as a brilliant and healthier alternative.
1 cup Natural peanut butter
8 tablespoons honey
1&1/4 cups whey protein powder
1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
Mix the pb and honey in a bowl, microwave on full for 80 secs. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together (get your hands in man!!) you can add raisins/nuts etc if you want. Smooth into 13x9 tray and leave for 20 mins. Cut into 10 to 12 equal bars and wrap and store in fridge!!
Splenda Glazed Roasted Almonds
These little treats taste like candy and are so darn good that you better watch out that you don't eat too many. Remember, even when eating healthy treats you should exercise moderation.
Poor a regular size bag of almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. Poor all the water out and place the almonds on a Pam covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle Splenda all over the almonds. Mix the almonds around and sprinkle Splenda on again.
Place in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.
Watch that they don't burn.