OK, you have decided that your kids are going to eat more healthy.
But with so many “experts” and reports on hand, what really counts as healthy food? There’s so much conflicting advice, it’s difficult to know where to start. Use this simple guide to set you on the right track.
The number of experts that are all over the ‘net and with so many reports and diets and every other thing out there, what, exactly constitutes “Kids Healthy Recipes” Let’s take a look:
Kids Healthy Recipes contain Milk and Dairy Products
Most every meal should have Milk and/or some other dairy product in it. They do contain nutrients that are essential for growing bodies and you really can not get this in other things. One word about moving from whole milk (that has a LOT of fat in it) to less fatty milk (such as 1 – 2% or heaven forbid skimmed milk), do it fairly slowly as you will have a better time getting your children used to this easier than just all of a sudden cutting all the fat at one time!
Kids Healthy Recipes contain Fruit and Vegetables
Most authorities will tell you that 5 portions of these per day is about right. What constitutes a portion? Some of this will be easy, some is, really, a good guesstimate:
1. Apple: 1 is a portion
2. Banana: same thing!
3. Vegetables: depends on the age. I recommend a shot glass full.
4. Don’t have the same thing every day!
Meat, Fish and Alternatives, Yes, they are in a Kids Healthy Recipes diet
The above listed items have protein in them. These are all important! You will need to check out the fat content and think about cutting it off, especially if you are frying these items. If you are thinking about the low-carb diets for selected meals this items will make a larger portion of your kids menu.
Bread, Cereals and Potatoes
Most of these items are, indeed, considered to be healthy. The biggest issue with these are quantity. 3 – 5 portions per day are fine with these. If you can ensure that they are whole grains, much better. And the skin on the potatoes are much better in terms of vitamins than the potato meat!
The rule on these is the same as on just about everything else: The LESS processing, The BETTER!
Sugar: limit this as much as possible: try Honey!
Read the labels on all of the food that has packaging: Learn what some of those long 5 dollars words are and what they do to you and your family!
Unsaturated fats are better for your kids than the hydrogenated fats so aim in that direction if possible and think about this: Since margarine is processed more than real butter, you might think about provided a little bit less of real butter (than you normally would of Margarine) for your Kids Healthy Recipes!