Real Mom Q: Bring on the whole foods, how?

This week a mom asked, “How can I get my family to eat more high-quality whole foods?” Research is now clear that what we eat impacts how we feel, think and behave. Here are a few simple ideas to help your child’s brain and body work their best.

  1. Introduce whole foods a tablespoon at a time. Whether it is spinach roll-ups with teriyaki chicken, a yummy egg frittata or a touch of green smoothie, your kid’s taste buds will slowly shift away from a hunger for high-fat and high-sugar and more toward natural flavors.  Offer just a tablespoon or two at first with your commonly eaten foods.
  1. Cook with your kids, allow them to participate in food choices, preparation and cooking. Bringing your children/teens into the kitchen gets them closer to what real food looks, like, smells like and feels like. A study of 5th graders from 151 schools in Canada showed that kids who cook choose healthier foods to eat.
  1. Read cookbooks and choose new recipes together. Change them to make them your own.Whatkidswldeat
  1. Have your kids bring their own grocery list to the store and choose fresh foods from the perimeter of the grocery store. Get the Grocery List here, Tosca Reno and I just made for #Kidseatclean, an international campaign to help bring health to kids.
  1. Talk about health and feeding your body/brain not about diet or calories. We wish to raise a generation of children and teens who care about their health, the more they know the more they can choose foods that are fuel for their bodies. Whole food is super important for our children and our own health. Recent research shows that food allergies are on the rise in part due to food additives, GMOs, pesticides and herbicides.

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Resources:

Greens Glorious Greens: More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-Tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers

The Raw 50: 10 Amazing Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Drinks for Your Raw Food Lifestyle
[Paperback] Carol Alt (Author), David Roth (Author)

The Maker’s Diet for Weight Loss: 16-week strategy for burning fat, cleansing toxins, and living a healthier life! [Paperback] Jordan S Rubin

The Eat-Clean Diet For Families and Kids

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating by Rebecca Wood, Peggy Markel and Paul Pitchford

Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach by Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner

A Few Useful Sites:

pathways4health.org/resources

www.yummly.com

www.epicurious.com

www.cooksillustrated.com

www.toscareno.com

www.todayiatearainbow.com

www.100daysofrealfood.com

Most of all Have Fun!