What causes poor eating habits

What causes poor eating habits?

– every child has different nutritional needs based on their height, weight, activity level, allergies, etc….

– a poor example will foster poor eating habits

– the food choices availablem if junk food is available more than healthy choices then junk food is going to be eaten more often

– a child’s emotions may push them into overeating, this is a pattern you want to be aware of and watch out for early as it can be very problematic if it continues throughout life

– medical conditions and medication may affect a child’s appetite inhibiting their ability to learn when they’re truly hungry and not hungry, full and not full, etc.

– likewise frequent illnesses can lead to bad habits and repetive choices

– frequent stops at fast food restaurants and drive thrus

– too few meals during the day, in our hurried lifestyles meal skipping becomes more and more normal

– lack of food education when they haven’t learned early what foods are good for them and what foods are not good for them and more importantly the cause and effect that can happen from it

– inactivity and poor eating habits seem to go hand in hand particularly in children

– struggles and arguments between parent and child over what to eat and not eat can lead to poor choice making

– anxiety and stress plays a large role in decisions about food even for children

Balancing Electronics Time with Physical Activity

Balancing Electronics Time with Physical Activity

Today’s children are experienced users of a lot of electronic devices. Items such as computers,
cell phones, televisions and gaming consoles are a part of most children’s lives. With so many
options children tend to spend more time in front of one of these devices than they do anything else.
This is causing the amount of time they spend doing any physical activity to diminish.We need to Balance
Electronics time with physical activity.

According to a survey made by the Kaiser Family Foundation, today’s young generation ages 8-18 is
spending an average of 7.5 hours of time in front of some type of electronic device. The effects and
recommended time spent with electronic media is debatable. If you feel that your child’s electronic
media consumption is unhealthy, try to balance it out using these tips.

Guide, not deprive- Almost every kid now has his own computer or cell phone both of which can be important
learning and communication tools. It’s important to teach your child to surf the internet wisely. You may
want to install an internet content filtering program to ensure safe web whereabouts for your child. For cell
phone usage enroll in a family plan so you can give your child allowance minutes, instead of giving him an adult
rate plan.

Availability- Don’t put the computer or television inside your child’s room. This way, you can supervise
their usage and hover behind them from time to time. This will also limit the time your child spends using
them after their bedtime. Keep entertainment alternatives out within easy reach, like game boards, puzzles
or bikes. Seeing these items may turn your child’s interest away from the electronics.

Convert to quality time- Invest in a family game like Wii sports- that way your child will have physical
play and quality time with you while having his video game dose. Use the internet to communicate with your child.
Send him texts, emails and instant messages from time to time.

In order to live a well-rounded healthy lifestyle physical activity should be incorporated into your child’s daily
activities. Use of entertainment media is helpful if only done in moderation. Responsible parenting is important
to keep children from abusing their use. Be a good role model and exercise consistency in setting limits.

Easy Kids Meals

With dance practice, choir, cub scouts, and tae kwon do, who has time to prepare an appetizing meal for the kids after school? You do!  With Easy Kids Meals, you can have time if you serve an easy to cook kids’ meal.

Of course it’s a no-brainer to throw a hotdog in the microwave or set a tortilla in a pan on top of the stove, add some cheese and 90 seconds later have  a simple quesadilla, but what’s the excitement in that?  Instead experiment with Casseroles or one-pot meals which in most cases go over well with the kids; and are simple to whip together.

Try this quick kids meal:

1 – lb. ground beef
1 – 16 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 – cup water
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 – cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Crumble beef in a three-qrt glass baking dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink. Mix & rotate part way through cooking time. Drain Beef.  Stir in sauce, water and macaroni.  Microwave another 12 minutes, stirring part way through.  Sprinkle cheese on top and allow to stand covered approximately 5 minutes before serving. Serves a couple hungry kids.

There are many meals you can cook with hamburger. Any recipe that asks for hamburger will work just fine replaced with ground turkey, chicken or venison instead.  The simple recipe below uses ground meat.  It takes nearly an hour to bake but merely a blink to prepare.

Combine together:

2 pounds ground meat
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
Crinkle Cut French Fries

Brown ground beef and drain the grease. Add both soups to strained ground beef and spoon into a 9×13 greased baking dish. Top off with cut French fries and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until French fries are light brown.

Taco salads are very quick and easy to prepare.  Begin with lettuce.  Add tomato, onion and cheese (if your kids will approve of it.)  Fry up some meat and toss in an envelope of taco seasoning – or just incorporate some taco sauce to the meat.  Next add crushed tortilla chips or Fritos.  Finish off with salsa or Ranch salad dressing.  Remember the sour cream and guacamole too!  Kids love this meal!

For a fast, on the go, healthy, cold meal try:

A head of lettuce (not bagged lettuce)
Ham or Roast Beef slices
Cheese slices
Condiments

Step 1: Peel off a medium lettuce leaf.
Step 2: Assemble meat, cheese, and condiments.
Step 3: Roll up and stick a toothpick in the middle.
Step 4: Gobble Up.
Step 5: Wipe your face, there is a trace of mayo. on your cheek.

How about an interesting twist to the normal macaroni and cheese kids recipe?

1 (16 ounce) box macaroni (elbow, seashell, bowtie – doesn’t matter, just not spaghetti)
1 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon

1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions.
2. Stir in cottage cheese, sugar, and cinnamon with drained macaroni.
3. Taste and add sugar or cinnamon, if required.
4. Serve right away. Delicious!

Incorporate a bit of creativity to incorporate a twist on a tried and true recipe and even with the chaotic after school activities you will find time to cook a nourishing meal for your kids evening meal.

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