Taking a Look at Our Kids' Nutritional Health
By Stephen R. Farris
It's important to eat healthy again and this goes for our kids as well, especially since they've returned back to school.
This is the period for them when they need to develop good nutritional habits and we shouldn't just rely on schools to do that for us. It's important to start good nutritional habits at home. Kids should be eating at least three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and supper, along with healthy snacks.
During their adolescent years, kids should have plenty of fiber in their diets and less sodium. Sugars should be kept in check as well. Too often, kids end up drinking more soda because they simply don't care for the taste of water. But in reality, they need water -- we all need water -- in order to properly stay hydrated and to keep our organs functioning properly. If your child finds water distasteful, try adding fruit to the equation or purchase fruit infused water products. Just make sure there are no hidden sugars involved. Fresh fruits are a good choice too. There's nothing better than freshly squeezed orange juice.
... And Solids
Speaking of fruit, they make a great morning or afternoon snack. Apples, oranges, grapes and berries are all good choices. Dehydrated fruits are plentiful these days and can be purchased pre-packaged at most grocery stores. Other healthy snack choices could be celery or carrot sticks.
At home, serve your kids more lean chicken and fresh fish. Both meats are high in protein and other healthy nutrients, plus they can be cooked a variety of ways by incorporating vegetables with them during the cooking process.
In review, for their nutritional health, stick with foods from the five basic food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and proteins. There's plenty to choose from in all five.
Last, but not least, make sure your kids are staying active and getting plenty of exercise in their daily lives. Limit their television, video and gaming time. Do more family oriented activities such as family game night or cook outdoors around a fire. The important thing is that we all want our kids to grow up healthy and strong.
Visit with your local chiropractor to find out what tips and suggestions they can offer to help keep your kids healthy and active.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.