Kids Eating Healthy

Eat your vegetables!

Eat your vegetables! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kids Eating  Healthy                                                                                                                       Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it very hard to teach a child how he or she should eat healthy.  The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you normally won’t like the results.                                                                                                                Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child to try and hopefully like at least a few of them.  You can be as creative as you like, as getting
The term “natural” is applied to many foods, but does not have a consistent meaning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than you may think.-  Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your kid understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always possible. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it.-  Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat.  There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer.  Most kids prefer to eat foods that sound fun.Make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery.  There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better.  You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable, even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself.

Dress the vegetables up.  Just as much as calling them names help kids eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps.  You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.  Although some parents don’t like their kids playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but to make them enjoy it also has to be fun as well.  This isn’t always an easy task, because kids normally don’t like foods that are good for them.  It can however, be done with a bit of creativity.  Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eating, Food, Fruit, Health, Human nutrition, Nutrition, Ranch dressing, Vegetable, Whole grain


Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast - By the time I got around to eating...

Breakfast – By the time I got around to eating it, it was BRUNCH (Photo credit: c.a.muller)

A lot of studies and research has shown that kids who eat breakfasts perform better in school and have a healthier diet.  Eating breakfast will help promote the proper growth and maximize school performance as well.Breakfast is often times a victim of the morning time crunch.  Even though you may be tempted to skip breakfast, you can simplify your morning routine by following these 8 tips:1.  Finish homework and pack school bags at night.                2.  Decide on what your children will wear to school before you go to bed and locate lost shoes for the following day.                               3.  In the morning, get up 15 minutes earlier.                                       4.  Give up computer games and morning television.                             5.  Have healthy foods on hand.  You should also shop for breakfast foods with your kids and take into account their personal preferen 6.  Set the cereal out the night before. For younger children, fill a zippered plastic bag with her portion, then add the milk in the morning.                                                                             7.  Allow your children to use the microwave often, as most breakfast foods can be prepared in under 5 minutes.    8.  Allow your kids to eat in the car or on the way to school.

There are several foods that you can eat for breakfast, even leftovers from supper if they are sufficient.  You can eat bagels, pizza with fruit juice, pretzels, or the normal bacon and eggs that breakfast is known for.  Most foods are a snap to prepare, and won’t take you but a few minutes.

The next time you are in a hurry in the morning, remember that you are probably about to skip the most important meal of the day. If you follow the tips above, you’ll find that you have plenty of time for breakfast.                            Breakfast, Child Health, Cooking, Eating, Fitness, Food, Full breakfast, Health, Home, Human nutrition, Nutrition, Top Weight loss, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Changing How You Eat

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard S...

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Changing How You EatAs you may know, not fueling up with the right nutrients can affect how well your body performs and your overall fitness benefits.  Even though healthy eating is important, there are myths that hinder your performance if you listen to them.Below, you’ll find some myth busters on healthy eating.

1.  Working Out on an empty stomach. If you hear a rumbling noise in your stomach, the rumbling is trying to tell you something.  Without listening to them, you are forcing your body to run without any fuel.  Before you exercise or do any physical activity, always eat a light snack such as an apple.

2.Relying on energy bars and drinks. Although they are fine every once in a while, they don’t deliver the antioxidants you need to prevent cancer.  Fruits and vegetables are your best bets, as they are loaded in vitamins, minerals, fluid, and fiber.

3.Skipping Breakfast . Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, as breakfast starts the day.  Your body needs fuel as soon as possible, and without it, you’ll be hungry throughout the day.

4.  Low carb diets. Your body needs carbohydrates for your muscles and the storing of energy.

5Eat what you want.  . Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t give you an all access pass to eat anything you want.Everyone needs the same nutrients whether they exercise or not, as well as fruits and vegetables.

6. Not enough  calories  Although losing weight involves calories, losing it too quickly is never safe.  What you should do, is aim for 1 – 2 pounds a week.  Always make sure that you are getting enough calories to keep your body operating smoothly.  If you start dropping weight too fast, eat a bit more food.

7. Skip soda and alcohol. Water, milk, and juice is the best to drink for active people.  You should drink often, and not require on thirst to be an indicator.  By the time you get thirsty, your body is already running a bit too low.

Changing how you eat is always a great step towards healthy eating and it will affect how your body performs.  The healthier you eat, you better you’ll feel.  No matter how old you may be, healthy eating is something you should strive for.  Once you give it a chance, you’ll see in no time at all just how much it can change your life – for the better.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Calorie, diet, Diet food, eat, Fitness, Food, Health, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Top weight-loss, Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Domino’s to Let You Go Gluten-Free

Sparrow Motors Inc., Pizzabutt Sparrow was des...

Sparrow Motors Inc., Pizzabutt Sparrow was designed or Domino’s Pizza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Domino’s to Let You Go Gluten-Free                                                                                                                            Saw this on yahoo,thought I would share.Domino’s is stepping up the next time you order your favorite Pizza from Domino’s you will have two options ” regular” or “Gluten Free “Yay Domino’s , Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) is joining the ever-growing gluten-free movement, saying it will start offering pizzas with glutenless crusts in most of its U.S. stores.The crust, Domino’s said in a press release, is “appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity,” but it’s not recommended for people who have celiac disease. Domino’s consulted with National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on the new recipe, which will be available on the small, 10-inch pizzas and cost about $3 more, USA Today reports. The pizza chain has almost 5,000 stores in the U.S.The NFCA says that one out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease, or about 3 million in all. Another 18 million have a less serious “sensitivity” to gluten, the organization says. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system responds to gluten intake by damaging the small intestine. In turn, that can inhibit the absorption of various nutrients.

Gluten avoiders should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular, gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain, the company said. Even so, the NFCA said it was happy to have Domino’s on board.

“The NFCA is thrilled that Domino’s Pizza has developed a product that will improve the quality of life for many of the estimated 18 million Americans who are gluten sensitive,” said Alice Bast, the group’s founder and president. “Not only is Domino’s Gluten Free Crust a huge win for much of the gluten-free community who can now get pizza delivered to their door, it’s also delicious. Customers aren’t going to believe they’re eating a pizza made on a gluten-free crust when they try it. And the variety of fresh toppings that are available is a giant leap ahead.”

The amount of gluten out there in pizza crusts is potentially significant. Domino’s says it delivered some 400 million pizzas last year. In the U.S., about 3 billion pies are sold every year, according to data from the National Association of Pizza Operators.

In addition to Domino’s, several other chains have at least a few options for diners who want to avoid gluten, including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, P.F. Chang’s (PFCB) and Legal Sea Foods, and even at independent restaurants it’s becoming more common to see menu sections detailing gluten-free meals.

Domino’s, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., says it’s the first national delivery chain to provide the choice of gluten-free crusts with its pizzas. Pizza Hut, part of Yum! Brands (YUM), is the largest pizza seller in the U.S., followed by Domino’s. Papa John’s (PZZA) is No. 3, according to PMQ Pizza Magazine. All told, the magazine says pizza in 2010 was a $35 billion business in the 50 states.

Dominos Pizza in Spring Hill Florida

Dominos Pizza in Spring Hill Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you eat a gluten-free pizza crust? Or do you think the gluten-free movement is bound to fade? Are fast-food chains doing the right thing by aiming to have healthier menu options?                                                                                       Cook, Diet food, Domino, Domino’s Pizza, Fitness, Gluten sensitivity, Gluten-free diet, Health, Human nutrition, Legal Sea Foods, Pizza, Pizza Hut, Top Weight loss, United States, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips