Just because it's almost summer is no "reason" to skip on the healthy food. If you teach your kids that junk food is not a "reward" then they'll learn not to use it as an excuse. Now, let's be real, there are plenty of times when we find ourselves indulging because it's time to celebrate, right? Summer is a really looooooong celebration so lets talk about some awesome ideas to keep the family on the healthy eating track.
How many of you think it's a CRAZY idea to take kids to the grocery store??? Let me tell you the short story and then we'll get into the little bit longer version.
Hey ya'll! How's everyone doing this new year? I hope you're planning on eating well and feeling great!
I had a mom contact me, the other day, to get help with her two year old son. She told me I could tell y'all her story. Every evening, as she is cooking, her two year old wants food before dinner is ready. She gives him chips, to satisfy his hunger because that is the ONLY thing that he will eat!!! Then, when it's time to eat, he's not hungry enough to eat a good meal. You see, these two year olds know what's up! They KNOW how to work the system. It is up to us to change the system. I suggested to her that she let him choose between two different fruits, if he is hungry right before dinner. Not a banana or something that will really fill him up, but, instead, a tangerine or a few of cut up grapes or a fruit that is mainly water. This type of snack will satisfy him before dinner, but he will be hungry quicker and will likely be more willing to eat at dinner! This is also something to think about for an afternoon snack as well. You could offer even a couple of slices of cucumber with a small bowl of apple sauce.
Mind set is EVERYTHING, especially if you are ready to change. Here's a few things to think about...