This one is a tough one to tackle at my house. Children don't always eat the most nutritious foods. There I am making the most delicious meal and off he goes getting a cookie from grandpa's hidden stash. My son is 3 years old and still wants help with feeding most meals. I asked him the other day "when you go to kindergarten who will help you at school?" and he simply answers "my teacher." Here I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ trying to teach my child what foods are nutritious and how to eat independently. I have failed at both of these tasks. My child eats more cookies and junk food than wholesome nutritious foods. I have urged my family members to stop bringing junk food items into the house, however, the weekly Costco run does not help this situation.
My son is a picky eater. He loves fries and chicken nuggets. He hates pizza. Who hates pizza? Well, my son does like pizza. He will eat rice with ketchup. What in the world is my son eating? rice and ketchup? I hate that we even have ketchup in the house, however, we need it for fries and when grandpa wants to make his delicious sweet and sour chicken. On the other hand, my daughter is an amazing eater and eats a variety of wholesome foods in her diet. She is quite an adventurous eater and is not afraid to try anything. Her upbringing was not very different from my son's, however, it does come down to their personalities and preferences.
Our family aims to make fruit the main snack choice at my household. My husband loves buying exotic fruits. Just the other day he brings home an entire case of pitaya/dragon fruit; a super delicious fruit high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C and antioxidants are an excellent ways to keep up our immune system. Fruit is always easy to purchase at our local store or farmers' market.
My son loves smoothies. I add spinach/kale, hemp hearts/chia seeds, a bit of protein powder, and a few greens boosting powder. He doesn't even notice that these items have been added to his smoothie. Yes! he's getting his greens and getting extra nutrients at the same time. Score! I love the idea of smoothies because they are easy to make and hardly any mess thanks to our magic bullet.
Here is a simple smoothie recipe (approved by my kids):
1 tbsp. of hemp hearts/chia seeds
1 tbsp. of protein powder
1 tbsp. of green boosting powder
1 handful of spinach/kale
1 avocado or banana
1/2 cup of berries (mixed, raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries)
1 1/2 cup of water/nut milk
optional: to make it a bit sweeter you may add a bit of honey
Blend well. Pour and enjoy. Nutritious and delicious!
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The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Blenda Chan. Please note that Blenda Chan is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information in this article is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.