Kids Teens Eating Healthy
Healthy Eating for Kids
Modern Health Dilemma
Food Allergies The Signs And Symptoms With Infants And Children
Delicious Do It Yourself Snacks For Kids
Kid Fun Recipes
Many parents are concerned that their children do not consume the proper foods they need to stay strong and healthy. The truth is children can be picky eaters. Some children will go through stages where they will refuse to eat anything other than a favourite food, while other children will try new foods, but do not take to them.
Children’s vitamins are available to parents who want to ensure their children are receiving the necessary nutrients he or she needs to grow strong and healthy. Even parents who have children who eat well are supplementing their children’s diet with vitamins. The fact is the earth’s soil is rapidly being depleted of nutrients, and the rigors of food processing also leaves many foods deficient in vitamins and minerals.
Children’s vitamins are packaged in such a way that they are attractive to children. Most children’s vitamins come in colourful and fun shapes. Many manufacturers of children’s vitamins are packaging their vitamins in lollipop, gum ball and gummy bear varieties. Because these vitamins resemble candy, it is important that you keep them away from a child’s reach and that you monitor their intake. If you find your child has taken extra vitamins, you should consult their paediatrician or your local poison control centre.
There are instances when a paediatrician will prescribe vitamins for a child. If a child has a vitamin deficiency, does not have access to fluoridated water, or has anaemia or other illness or disease, vitamin supplements may be prescribed for a child. However, in general, many paediatricians believe that children do not need vitamin supplements if they are being fed properly. They feel that children can receive all the vitamins and minerals they need if they eat according to the Food Pyramid. Consult with your child’s paediatrician before starting them on a vitamin.
Vitamins are supplements and not replacements. Children’s vitamin supplements should never be looked upon as a replacement for healthy eating. Encourage your child to eat the foods they need and do things to make nutrition fun and flavourful for them. For instance, letting children add grated cheese to their vegetables will make some children more interested in eating them. Allowing a child to drink calcium fortified orange juice over milk works well for a child who does not like milk. Let your child participate in making a vegetable pizza or let them pick out fruit at a market and place it in their own special area at home. All of these tips can go a long way in helping a picky eaters overcome their fears so they consume the vitamins they need.
Healthy Eating for Kids
Modern society offers us so many conveniences – computers, cell phones, hot and cold running water, etc. At the same time, there are some not so great things about this day and age as well.
Fast food, junk food, processed food – call it what you like but the bottom line is that it is BAD FOOD. With little nutritional value, these foods are nothing more than tasty fillers that pack on the pounds for anyone who eats them regularly. One group especially prone to consuming these foods are kids.
The principles of healthy eating taught to kids from a young age is one of the best ways to keep them physically fit. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables ensures that they are getting all the nutrients and vitamins they need without adding excess calories to their diet.
Parents often run into one common problem across the board when it comes to getting their kids to eat healthier. Their kids do not like to eat fruits and vegetables. Knowing the seriousness of childhood obesity, parents must find ways to get their kids to eat more nutritious foods. It is vital to their health today and in the future.
Fortunately, with some ingenuity and strategic planning, parents do not need to feel helpless. There are ways to get even the fussiest eaters to consume more vegetables and fruits. Let’s take a look at what can be done.
1) Set an Example
Kids are eager learners and they learn from examples. You can't expect your kids to show interest in eating vegetables and fruits without eating them yourself. You have to make a transition to healthier eating habits to motivate your kids to eat fruits and vegetables. Children emulate what they see around them, so you have to set the right example now to help them grow into strong and healthy individuals.
2) Get Them Involved
One of the best ways to generate interest among kids towards vegetables and fruits is to get them involved in planning meals and cooking the food. When they are a part of the process they have a stronger tendency toward eating what they have helped to prepare. You can take them with you when buying vegetables and fruits and let them choose what they love. You can also ask for their suggestions when planning a meal and also take their help in the cooking process. This will make them feel good about the contribution they made in preparing the meal which again makes it a lot easier to get them to eat vegetables and fruits.
3) Get Sneaky
Sometimes a parent has to do what they have to do. That includes using some creative tactics to get their kids to eat better. Here are some healthy substitutions you can use in your meal preparations that your kids will never suspect:
- Skip the oil when baking and substitute unsweetened apple sauce instead.
- Drop in some healthy greens such as spinach or kale when preparing smoothies.
- Cook some squash, mash it up and then freeze in ice cube trays. The next time you make a stew, soup or sauce, throw a few of the ‘ice cubes’ in while cooking. They will add nutrients to the meal and no one will ever know they’re in the food.
- No one denies that it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthier. All of the ads on TV for junk food do not help either. At the same time, however, if you continue to work towards a healthier lifestyle on a daily basis, you will make huge strides over time.
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The Signs And Symptoms
With Infants And Children
Food allergies are the hypersensitivity reactions of the immune system to a naturally harmless substance present in the food. This denotes that prior to any allergic reaction; the individual has to be exposed to the allergen before. During the initial exposure, the allergen rouses the lymphocytes to generate the IgE antibody that works specifically with the type of allergen.
The produced IgE is discharged and then attached to the mast cells that exist in the various body tissues. For the next round that the allergic person takes in the same food, the allergens prompt the IgE antibody which are present on the surface of most of the mast cells and therefore trigger the release of the chemicals like the histamine. The symptoms that come around generally depend on the kind of tissue that releases the antibody.
Some Common Signs and Symptoms
of Food Allergies
Food digestion is by and large a quite complicated process. Hence, it likewise produces a certain kind of effect on the location, the timing, and the symptoms that surface in relation to an allergic response to the ingested food. The signs and symptoms may occur between a few minutes to one hour after eating.
Typically, the food allergy is mostly felt as an itching in the mouth or as some kind of difficulty in breathing and swallowing. After which, some other symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea can arise during the process of food digestion in the intestines and stomach.
Anyhow, it is obvious that the allergens get absorbed and then they pass through the bloodstream. As soon as they reach the skin, they start inducing eczema or hives. Now when they come across the airways, they take the form of asthma. They travel around and then get into the blood vessels which may trigger weakness, light-headedness, and also anaphylaxis or the abrupt drop in the blood pressure.
It may begin as a mild symptom like the tingling in the throat or mouth and the discomfort inside of the abdomen. However, it can be fatal whenever left untreated.
Food Allergy Problems
With Infants and Children
Many of the known allergies to food actually start off between the first and second year of one's life span. There are instances when they get resolved such as the allergies to eggs or cow's milk. However, there are some which may be carried on until adulthood like the allergy to shellfish or nuts. Infants and very young children tend to exude allergies to soy formula or milk.
This may not include the attack of asthma or hives as symptoms but they take the form of other signs which are closely related to infantile colic, poor growth, or some blood in the stool.
Infantile colic begins right within the first month of the infant's birth and this involves a baby who cries and then sleeps poorly during the night. It is seen that the allergy to soy or milk diet is one intervening factor. The allergies among infants and young children are diagnosed during the food challenge or the changing of their diet.
Infants and children can feel the worst during food allergies especially that their immune systems are not yet that stable. They may feel the itchiness and they may sneeze or wheeze. Their temperaments and behaviour are quite a challenge too.
It is therefore important to have them checked out by the paediatricians so that they will be administered with the right kind of treatment and their diet be changed.
Delicious Do It Yourself Snacks For Kids
Nearly every child comes home from school to an empty house, clamouring for a quick, appetizing snack only to settle for junk food. But instead of reaching for the sweets during those cool after-school days or hot summer nights, kids can put on the chef's hat and prepare their own easy, tasty snacks that are just as satisfying.
Kids often shy away from preparing anything other than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because it's too difficult and time-consuming. But there is a wide variety of products available at the grocery store, like Tyson® refrigerated, fully-cooked chicken and steak strips, which simplify the snack- and meal-making process for kids. The strips go from package to plate in minutes-making it easy to prepare kid-favourite snacks and meals such as pizza, tacos and pasta. These well-balanced, do-it-yourself options are high in protein and have zero grams trans-fat, so parents can feel good about providing kids with a wholesome alternative to help power them through their active days.
With snack and meal ideas like these, children can come home and reach for something other than the usual suspects-instead preparing a delicious snack on their own. Who knows? Maybe they'll even graduate to making family dinners.
Fiesta Chicken Nachos
11/4 cups Seasoned Chicken Breast Strips
1 bag (10 oz.) tortilla chips
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- Layer chips, cheese and chicken strips on a large, microwave-safe plate.
- Microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or until cheese melts.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with Pico de Gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Refrigerate leftovers.
Chicken Tacos Olé
1 package (6 oz.) Refrigerated Fajita Chicken Breast Strips
4 taco shells
1/2 cup shredded cheese
- Heat chicken strips and taco shells according to package directions.
- Fill shells with meat, cheese and lettuce.
Serving Suggestion: Other toppings can include diced tomato, salsa and sour cream. Refrigerate leftovers.
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- Banana Hot Dog Sandwich
- Basic Pancakes
- Bologna and Cheesewitch
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- Cream Cheese Sandwich
- Crispy Corn Dogs - Crunchy French Toast
- Curried Tuna Sandwich - English Muffin Pizza
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- Mock chopped liver
- Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
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- Pizza on Rye - Sailboats and Canoes
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