Health and Fitness
Healthy Snacks for Kids
I spent a lot of time caring about what my children ate. Making low calorie snacks and healthy party food. Then my eldest kid became borderline anorexic (hurrah for inherited eating disorders) and I quickly backed off on anything healthy if for the love of god, she would just eat. So instead I started making easy kids recipes, making sure dinner was easy to eat. What better way to get food into kids? Turn it into dessert! Hurrah! Google is a great place to look for great dessert recipes.
Healthy Recipes for Kids
Healthy snacks for kids are important, of course they are. But there's a line between making healthy food and kids meals, and being ridiculous about it all. After all, do we really need any more healthy biscuit recipes? (Actually, yes we probably do, here are some cookie recipes for kids. Oatmeal and Raisin cookies are THE BEST and if you add white chocolate chips to them as well you've probably ruined all the healthiness, but they taste amazing so there.)
Fitness for kids is also something which gets pushed quite strongly in schools and honestly, I'm not sure I agree. There's a difference between raising healthy kids and having your child enrolled in a Fitness Children class. It's just weird, okay? Kids will naturally run and play if you let them. Send your kids outside. Cook nice meals. Write out some easy kids recipes and make them cook their own. It's all good.
Okay, so yes this particular issue might be close to my heart, but it's a THING for me. Too much pressure on children over diet can make your seemingly healthy child turn into a mess of mental issues. Ask me how I know. (Because my kids' school has some weird healthy kids program which spent 2 years telling my daughter she was only worth something if she didn't get fat, and tell me how that isn't messed up).
Kids Fitness is an interesting topic. Of course your kid should be fit. They should run and jump and play, and not get breathless doing it (asthma aside). And we know all too well that it doesn't work that way for most kids, who do eat poorly and not exercise enough.
So here are my tips:
Take your child, or toddler outside and kick a ball together.
Play backyard cricket.
Go for walks.
Give your kids healthy ideas by showcasing good behaviours, not just talking about it. Making healthy recipes for kids is easy when you're making them for the entire family. Encourage your child to eat the rainbow of coloured foods, and try not to sweat it too much.
The thing is, as the parent, you're in control. You control the cookie recipes for kids, you provide the easy recipes for kids to make. If you're invested in kids fitness and raising healthy kids, part of that is raising mentally well kids who have a good healthy approach to food, without disordered eating sneaking it.
It's a fine line to walk somethings. Goodness knows, I know that. But if your child is susceptible to outside influence, it's up to you to make sure that the foods they eat are healthy. In Australia, especially Sydney and Melbourne, there is access to plenty of good food. Go forth and eat it!
And if your kid has issues with food, then please get help from a good mental health professional before it turns into a big issue. Trust me on this.