For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky, especially with the childhood obesity rate continuing to rise (did you know that the average American kid will accumulate 3500-7000 calories worth of candy in 1 night!). Watching your child collect and eat as many sugary treats as they can on a trick-or-treat adventure can be truly terrifying. But some may argue that this only happens once a year, so let kids be kids and allow them to create fun childhood memories.
Parenting often requires you to run errands with your kids in tow. And while no-one is particularly excited about such excursions, being prepared can make the world of difference – both to your sanity and your child’s happiness!
How to Get Your Kids to Try New Vegetables
A challenge for some, but a breeze for others. Getting your kids to eat healthy, wholesome, home-made food is the goal of every parent, but the reality is that more times than you care to admit, your child simply refuses to taste the plate of love you have placed in front of them. What gives?
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!
We all know about the 5-a-day rule: five portions of fruit or vegetables a day to keep you healthy and happy. This, of course, applies to children as well.
Juicing or smoothie-ing is a good way to try and get the little ones to take in some vegetables, that they may otherwise refuse to eat (we’ve all met a fussy toddler!). Juices and smoothies with carrot, celery or spinach can be enjoyed successfully when mixed with apple or mango.