Poke: Making the Latest Food Trend Kid Friendly

kid friendly poke bowls by the meal monsters

By now, you must have heard about poke (if not already tried it), but what you may not have considered is that it’s a really good meal option for your children. Well firstly, it’s quick, easy and healthy, but secondly, it’s a great way to diversify your kids’ palates for a more varied diet.

Although poke has been around for centuries, it has recently gone through a bit of a revival period and has piggybacked onto the global success of sushi.

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Beat the Heat with these 9 Hydrating Meal Monsters Treats!

hydrating kids treats for summer

Kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their little bodies are not as efficient at cooling down. And experts warn that by the time kids are thirsty, they are already about 3% dehydrated.

As we all know, summer heat and humidity can be brutal, even in the shade. Therefore, our goal as parents is to ensure that each child is reaching their recommended daily fluid intake, but the amount of water kids require may surprise you; toddlers (ages 1-3 years) need about 4 cups of fluid per day, while older children should be drinking 5-7 cups (more if they are active)!

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Spiraling into Control

A spiralizer is the perfect tool for getting kids to eat more veggies

The spiralizer is a kitchen gadget used to cut veg into long thin curly strands. It was originally invented in Japan – probably for housewives to easily cut the thin daikon radish, traditionally used with sushi (a sushi chef takes years to perfect the art of cutting radish by hand!). The spiralizer came into fashion in about 2014, particularly in L.A. where the Paleo and Raw Diets were booming.

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Portion Distortion: How much should my child eat?

This is a tough question! Children grow at different speeds and use up different levels of energy from day to day. There will be some days where they seem glued to the fridge door and others where they don’t seem bothered by food at all.

The truth is, with the current so-called “Western Diet”, obesity levels have hit an all-time high. In the UK, surveys from 2015 show that 9.3% of 4-5-year-olds are obese and a further 12.8% are overweight! It’s a scary statistic, but easily preventable!

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