The consequences of not enjoying a healthy diet can be dire. The obesity crisis means that more than two thirds of adults in this country are considered to be overweight and obese, and around one third of children between the ages of six and nineteen are either overweight or obese. Healthy eating could not be more important. So, how can you promote and encourage these healthy eating habits? Here are just a few tips and ideas.
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RETHINK DINNER TIME
TALK ABOUT FOOD
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These small changes can really help to promote healthy eating. By talking to your children and explaining why you are making these changes to their diet and the positive effects on their lives and their bodies, you are likely to find that your kids will get on board with the idea very quickly.
1 Cup fresh spinach
1 Cup mushrooms
1 whole green pepper
1 jar of spaghetti sauce or passatta
1 premade pizza crust
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a blender to blend together the spinach, mushrooms, pepper and spaghetti sauce.
Spread the sauce over the pizza crust.
Top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 10-15 minutes and then serve hot.
Healthy Fruit Tart
15 Medjool dates, pre-soaked
1 Cup cashew nuts
1 Cup Greek yogurt
Assorted sliced fresh fruit (depending on child's preference)
Use a blender to blend together the dates and cashew nuts into a dough.
Press dough evenly into a lightly greased pie tin.
Spread the yogurt over the top of the pie crust.
Decorate with the fruit, then slice and serve.
About the Author
Helen Watts is a freelance writer and mother. She began writing professionally after becoming a mother and leaving a varied career as a nutritionist and dietician. She is particularly passionate about healthy eating for children.