These Are 5 Great Ways to Keep Your Child Nourished and Healthy
5 Nuts and Seeds and Their Butters
Raw nuts and seeds have a lot of beneficial nutrients – healthy fats being the most prominent. Make sure the nuts you buy are raw, not roasted, for the full benefit, and try to decrease cow dairy by replacing it with a nut milk, which you can buy or make on your own. Nuts and seeds gaining popularity are chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds, but buy whatever sounds good to your kid and sneak in a few of the smaller seeds where they won’t see them if they are picky – smoothies, in dressings, and replacing peanut butter. Peanut butter and soy butter are very mucus-forming and hard for the body to digest. Replace it with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, cashew butter, or anything else you see that sounds good to you.
4 Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are the perfect food – hydrating, alkalizing, nutrient-dense, cleansing, and building. Children often like salads depending on the dressings, so make sure to make some that you enjoy. Store-bought dressings often contain a lot of oil, sugar or both, so try making your own at home. If your child likes smoothies, you can throw some romaine or spinach in there too without him noticing, or feel free to check out the thousands of green smoothie recipes online.
A lot of parents get iffy when reading about feeding their children vegetables, but there is no need for this – one can make eating vegetables fun and adventuresome for children simply by making activities out of them. Vegetables are the most fundamental ‘health insurance’ you can buy, and starting them early with the vegetables will keep them healthy for life. Make fun dips together by asking what kind of dips they like – sour, creamy, mushy, fresh, watery, sweet etc. Make crudités out of celery, broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, snap peas, baby tomatoes, and serve them on a platter with the homemade dip, or ask you child to spiralize some zuchinni for vegetable based pasta. When at the grocery, inspire your child’s creativity by asking which vegetable they want to try, and then look up recipes upon arriving at home to keep the momentum going. Explain that vegetables are what make kids powerful and strong so that they understand on a level that they can appreciate that vegetables contribute to health.
Fruits are a wonderful addition to a child’s diet. Because of their excellent ‘packaging’ thanks to nature, they are very bioavailable and easy to digest, and are cleansing and energizing. They help protect the body from toxins while nutrifying the organs, and because they are sweet and delicious, are easy for children to eat. Get creative with the fruits – cut them into funny shapes, try new ones, go to fruit picking orchards and ask your child to get what sounds good to them when at the grocery store.
1 Fresh Raw Juices
Juices are the #1 best thing you can give your child. They are very high in vitamins, enzymes, minerals and phytonutrients. They are cleansing, simply meaning they will keep your child’s body clean as he or she ages, while making him or her accustomed to healthy juices. Start with juiced apples, watermelon, strawberries and carrots, and then start to add lighter greens like cucumber, celery and romaine, and then proceed to throw in a leaf or two of kale and spinach, taking it a little further as they get accustomed to the ‘green’ taste. No need for an extremely dark juice though, and there’s also no need to make it green all the time. Because childrens’ bodies are so clean, they can have sweeter juices without sky-rocketing their blood sugar. Make sure to keep juices to before 5 p.m., as they are very energizing due to their life force energy.
Children come in all scopes of fussiness regarding food. Some eat whatever you put in front of them, and some only eat marshmallows. Either way, approaching healthy eating in a fun, exciting and adventurous way will help sway their curiosity into trying new things. Just make sure you like it too and that you’re willing to eat healthier as well, as you can’t expect your kid to be snacking on celery sticks while you eat potato chips!