Hungry Little Bellies Need Nutrients

It’s preposterous that someone can be overweight but starving for nutrients due to their diet. This is especially common in children. Kids living off of cereal, pasta, pizza and other processed foods are lacking in nutrients plus increasing their risk of adult obesity. Many are “skinny-fat” so even though they seem their appropriate weight their arteries and heart are that of an adult on their way to coronary disease. Never before in America have we seen heart attacks and so much obesity related disease in kids. Unfortunately the food companies don’t have our best interest in mind and are making foods that are born in labs and laden with sugar, dyes, preservatives and unhealthy fats like hydrogenated oil.
It’s up to us to take control of our family’s diet and seize our health and happiness.
As we make our back to school plans let’s take note of what’s in the fridge and cabinets and begin again. Read labels. What’s in that peanut butter? It should list: peanuts.
Switching to unprocessed meals and snacks kids can live and learn optimally each day.

Off to a Good Start Breakfast Ideas
Oatmeal with cinnamon, vanilla almond milk and blueberries
Whole grain or gluten free toast with natural peanut butter
Scrambled eggs with one teaspoon salsa and one tablespoon cheddar cheese
Creamsicle Smoothie (8oz almond milk, 1 spoonful plain Greek yogurt, vanilla whey and ½ fresh peeled orange)
Greek yogurt topped with fruit and granola
All natural or homemade waffle topped with natural peanut butter
Hard boiled egg and 1 cup low sugar, BHT-free cereal

Beat the Afternoon Slump Lunch Ideas
Turkey and cheese lettuce wraps
Turkey roll-ups with mustard, side of apple slices w/peanut butter
Greek yogurt topped with fruit and granola
Whole wheat wrap filled with homemade chicken fingers, cheese and shredded lettuce

Have a food exorcism!
Get rid of…soda, high fructose corn syrup, BHT, Dyes (like FD&C red, blue, yellow, green),
partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and sweeteners, msg, sugary cereals, bleached or enriched flour, fake maple syrup, processed chicken nuggets and white sugar.

Welcome into your home…
Cage free eggs, organic or farm milk and dairy, grass fed meat, humanely raised pork and poultry, almond milk, un-sweetened yogurt, flavored seltzer, whole grain bread and pasta, organic fruits and veggies from the “dirty dozen” list and more greens (sneak them in).

A change in diet can be jolting to most kids but luckily their brains are little sponges and as you begin to teach them why they shouldn’t eat certain things they will understand and make better choices. By not having unhealthy choices in the house they will learn to reach for something more beneficial in the long run. It will be a lifestyle change and not a restriction or punishment.

There are enlightening documentaries on Netflix, DVD, and online that you can explore with your kids: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Food Inc., Super Size Me, Forks Over Knives, Fed Up and Hungry for Change.