As a mom and someone focused on wellness, my primary concern is making sure that Bella is eating and living well. But the statistics are stacked against our kids, because in South Africa 14% of primary school kids are already overweight and obese.
While the reasons for this are numerous, there are a few things we can do as parents, starting from our child’s next meal, to encourage healthy habits that stick.
AN UPHILL STRUGGLE
A recent study in Canada found that children are more active, have better mental health, and drink fewer sodas if they eat dinner with their parents and siblings. But while it’s clear that time spent eating wholesome foods, chatting about your day and bonding over food is ideal, it’s not always possible. From our hectic schedules to fussy toddlers who refuse the meal you’ve lovingly made when you did have the time – not to mention having omnivores and vegetarians living in one house – the dining room can soon become a battleground.
AN EASIER OPTION
This is why I’ve made it a point to seek out grocery items that are quick and easy to make, nutritious and can be enjoyed by everyone from vegetarians to a fussy tot. The new Fry’s Crafted range meets all these requirements and I love that they’re packed with superfoods that are perfect for growing children.
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From plant proteins to omegas, you really don’t need to stress about your child getting a nutritious meal if they’re enjoying the items from this range. The Butternut Balls and Falafels are particularly perfect for little fingers to pick up and pop in their mouths. You can then use the same ingredients to create a hearty salad or stuffed pita with the falafel and delicious veg! With processed meat now declared a carcinogen by the World Health Organization, the more plant-based options we can offer our kids the better. Plus, it all counts towards their five servings of fruit and veg a day.
GET THE KIDS INVOLVED
I also love getting Bella involved in the preparation of her food – it not only serves as a learning experience, but makes mealtimes all the more fun. If you’d like some ideas of how to get your kids more involved in the kitchen cooking nutritious, plant-based foods, have look at Fry’s Superfoods for Superkids for some awesome inspiration and fun ideas your kids and family will love.