This is how hardcore healthy we are! :)
My husband is a certified personal trainer and I work for Arbonne, which has a Health and Fitness line that I encourage my clients to use. Suffice that to say we value healthy living around here. After becoming a mom, I tried to read some of those books about super baby food, etc. and I always just felt overwhelmed and sort of like a loser. The truth is, I want my kids to be healthy and to develop healthy habits, but I'm just not going to be as hardcore as some. I respect and admire those parents who can make all their own baby food, never give their kids sugar, and use a lot of wheat germ and tofu. It's just not realistically going to happen for me. So I've realized I don't have to be Supermom in the food category, but I can still do some things to make sure my kids are eating healthy.
So I thought I'd share a few simple things we do. I would love to hear your ideas, too!
Oatmeal: This is healthy stuff, my friends! Of course, on a good morning I can make it from scratch, but how often does that happen, right? I mostly use the instant packets and I used to buy the flavored ones, though I'd opt for the "Lower Sugar" varieties. That's okay to do, but I recently stepped it up a little and started buying the "Regular" flavor oatmeal. For the kids I add a little honey or agave (natural sweeteners) and sometimes I'll stir in some applesauce, too. So much less sugar than buying the flavored varieties!
Juice: I let my kids have juice because they love it and it does come from fruit after all. I always dilute it, though. I used to do half water, half juice, but recently switched to 2/3 juice, 1/3 water. This cuts down on the amount of sugar they're getting and keeps them from getting used to super sweet beverages.
Hummus: Alright, I have one extremely picky eater and one pretty picky eater, but both my 2-year-olds love hummus! I buy it at Costco because it's so much cheaper and they love to eat multigrain crackers dipped in a big blob of hummus. Hummus is a great source of protein and healthy fats. For kids who don't like much meat, like mine, it's a great protein boost.
That's all for now. I hope you can get a little use out of these and please share some healthy living, kids style tips with us!