Fun Food For Kids - Start Them Off Right

Fat kids are hitting the headlines again.The British government is worrried about the growing number of five year olds (about 25%) who are already overweight. They claim that this could affect life expectancy if the trend is allowed to continue. Other experts say that this is an exaggeration and that these levels of obesity will NOT affect the mortality rate.

By discovering a nutritional health program for kids early on means they have the basis for a healthy lifestyle right into adulthood. If kids are involved in fun activities and learning fun facts about food, then this means they are on the right road in keeping to a nutritonal health program for the rest of their lives.

The food industry shows kids about 20,000 ads a year ! The ads rarely show foods or snacks which could be called nutritional or healthy and the aim is to make more money. Most of these snacks are full of trans fats, sugar and salt and as kids will snack constantly, this is worrying. Research just published points the finger at food additives and colourings in these snacks as a possible cause of hyperactivity and ADHD.

Kids will want to learn fun facts about food and a great way is to involve them in the kitchen and the preparation of food. They also love cooking and trying out what they have cooked. Another thing is that they are more curious about food than we think. As they are copycats, they are going to imitate us a lot so if our choices are deadly dull and boring, then they will fall into the same rut.

Kids are picky eaters because parents are too afraid to say this is what we eat. They are curious, so if you constantly say how amazing some food is, they might actually try it. They should be encouraged to try new foods but never forced. Eating together as a family cannot be overstressed. A study found that teenagers who ate more family meals were much more likely to eat more fruits vegetables and grains and drink less soda.

Kids want food from the kids menu because it just the same fare that they are getting at home -frozen fish fingers, chicken nuggets. Enthusiasm on the parents' part usually works wonders. Another trick is to NOT let them choose from the kids' menu but share a meal from the normal menu with you thereby involving them in the choice.

A study just published by the University of Minnesota found that when healthy and nutritional school lunches were served, there was no drop off in sales. Schools have to adjust in the training of staff and changing kitchens but these results are encouraging. They also try to serve a turkey low-fat hot dog instead of the traditional one and the kids like them.

Smoothie recipes are great for parents and kids love them too. This is one of the best way of disguising healthy ingredients like fruit and vegetables and getting the kids on to a nutritional healthy eating plan, without them realizing it.

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