What we are feeding our children is now more important than ever. With obesity levels on the rise among kids we are now facing a global crisis that affects every one. Did you know that over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were considered overweight or obese in 2016?
These days, fast and processed food lifestyles have become a far too common mainstay in many family diets. With our busy schedules and the often high cost of natural, nutritious food it can be easy to forget the importance of fruits and vegetables and the nutritional value they have on our bodies. For many of us, when it comes to food shopping for ourselves and our families, convenience and price are the biggest deciding factors. However, when it comes to our children, finding the most nutritious food is essential for boosting and maintaining their overall health. Whether it’s the soft drink your kids drink every night, the take away “treat” that becomes far too common for dinner or the snacks you put in their school lunch boxes, it all adds up. We understand it can be hard and often expensive to source only organic, nutritious food for your family. That’s why we have created a solution that will help give your body the essential nutrients it needs conveniently without having to completely reinvent yours and your family’s lives.
To give you an idea of simple ways you and your family could start easily getting the basic, daily nutrients your body needs using our world-renowned Superfood Powders, we have come up with 3 quick tips….
Here’s how to get your child eating healthy, and loving it!
1 Plant-powered goodness!
Try adding more plant food to their diet
Before we alarm you, we’re not talking about becoming a vegetarian. We’re simply suggesting that you up the veggies and start lowering your meat portions. What’s your usual meat to vegetable ratio? If you’re eating more meat than vegetables it might be time to start shifting the balance in your diet. A simple way to start is to aim for a 70-30 ratio, or even 80-20 if you’re up for it. Try mixing it up with some seafood or protein-rich alternatives like beans, eggs, seeds and nuts.
If reinventing the wheel in your family’s diet is just not a convenient solution than Super Sprout’s whole food powders are the ideal solution for you. Super Sprout’s certified organic, concentrated superfood powders can easily be added to so many recipes making your family’s food not only nutritious but even tastier. Getting your daily nutrients doesn’t have to be hard! Try sprinkling some Broccoli Sprout Powder on your salads or vegetables for that extra boost of nutritional goodness. Check out the Super Sprout range here.
2 Make their snacks just that little bit healthier…
They’ll never even know…
Swapping some of the unhealthy snacks for healthy ones in your kid’s school lunch box and in the kitchen cupboard is just one easy step to steer their health in the right direction. Making your own muffins or cakes, or even your own dips with healthy crackers or cut-up fruit is a great way to start and a cheaper alternative than the expensive pre-packaged snacks. But snacks don’t always have to be unhealthy! Whether you’re blending your own smoothies, making muffins or even just buying already-made food, try adding any of Super Sprout’s pure powders to turn your snacks from basic food that lacks nutritional value to a super healthy, nutrient-dense treats. Here are three tasty and convenient ‘super snacks’ that are popularly made with Super Sprout’s all natural, Australian grown, 100% pure powders…
Super Snack #1: Cakes & Cupcakes
Making cake batter or icing? Just add 1-2 tablespoons of Super Sprout’s Strawberry Powder into your cake recipe or icing and boost your body’s antioxidant and vitamin C levels.
Super Snack #2: Dips
Dips are delicious but can also be nutritious! A super simple way of incorporating Super Sprout’s concentrated powders into your snacks is to stir in a few teaspoons of Broccoli Sprout Powder or Beetroot Powder to make tasty and healthy dips that your kids will love.
Super Snack #1: Pancakes
Yes, that’s right, you can even make pancakes nutritious! Whether you’re using a pre-made pancake shaker bottle or making pancakes from scratch yourself, all it takes is 2 tablespoons of Super Sprout’s Blueberry Powder to add that extra boost of natural nutrition. Check out Super Sprout’s Blueberry Pancake Recipe here.
To check out more examples of convenient, fast ways to start giving yours and your family’s bodies the daily nutrients they need, visit the Super Sprout Recipes.
3 Teach your kids to cook
Teaching your kids not only how to cook but about the importance of consuming enough nutritional foods is a great way to expand their food knowledge and get them involved in the cooking process. By giving them the chefs hat in the kitchen and letting them try cooking different easy-to-make meals using various ingredients, you not only give them a sense of responsibility but life lessons that will help them grow. Problem solving, improvisation and creativity are techniques that are learnt through cooking that are great building blocks for your child. Helping them understand different ingredients that can be used in various meals and the nutritional benefits of each is also beneficial. According to a study published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, kids who cook at home are 10 percent more likely to eat and choose nutritious foods.
A great way to get your kids interested in cooking is to make it fun! Super Sprout’s range of naturally colourful concentrated superfood powders are the ideal ingredients to making cooking fun for kids and nutritious at the same time. A tasty, easy meal that your kids could help make using Super Sprout’s powders is purple mashed potatoes. All you have to do is make and mash the potatoes normally before your child adds 2 tablespoons of Beetroot Powder to make the mash a bright purple colour! Your kids will love the colour and they might even mistake it for fairy floss!
By implementing a few of these easy tips you can get your children eating healthy and understanding the importance of nutrition and health in no time!
Find out more @ World Health Organisation
Find out more @ Public Health Nutrition
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