Tis’ the season for friends, family, traditions and…. yummy food! Kids are introduced to a myriad of traditions during the holiday which typically engender warm and fond memories. When it comes to mealtimes, they can become a bit challenging. From sweet treats like pumpkin pie to decadent entrees like turkey and stuffing, the holidays are often a time of caloric indulgence and motivating healthful behaviors while not compromising the joys of indulgence can be tricky.
While we can’t ignore the fact that tasty treats seem to appear everywhere during the holidays, we can still be mindful, healthful and enjoy the season and all of its delicious glory! While it is okay to celebrate and enjoy yourself, it is important to make sure that your family practices moderation, especially when it comes to your young children.
Here are some tips to help you and your family stay on track with good eating habits:
The holidays are a time of appreciation and togetherness. As families get together and share meals, children are introduced to an array of different and often new foods. For the picky eater, these experiences may bring about verbal criticisms and down right refusal to try certain things.
For those who tend to be on the pickier side, the following tricks can be helpful:
The holiday season also brings about colder weather. Therefore it is also important to
make sure that children are getting their nutrition that they need. Cold weather requires healthy fuel such as those offered by warming foods. Soups, stews, and other warm, hearty meals are a good choice, as are winter vegetables such as dark, leafy kale, pumpkins, and squash. Swap out cold breakfast cereal for warm oatmeal and add in dates to give it a sweet texture without adding in too much sugar.
Really and truly, it’s all about balance, moderation and about teaching your children to enjoy treats thoughtfully and sparingly. Remember that it’s important not to make your child feel guilty about enjoying foods that they love. This way, treats are always a special and exciting occurrence, and your children stay healthy and strong all winter long.
Tips on Making Healthier Versions of Some Holiday Favorites…
Healthy Holiday Recipes!
Quinoa and Roasted Yams and Feta-http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/quinoa-roasted-yams-and-feta
Dry-brine Roasted Turkey- http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/dry-brined-roast-turkey
PCC Roasted Squash and Apples and Bacon- http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/pcc-roasted-squash-apples-and-bacon
Grinch Kabobs- http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/grinch-kabobs-recipe/
Oatmeal Cookies with Banana- http://www.food.com/recipe/ridiculously-healthy-banana-oatmeal-cookies-206246
Carrot and Yam Soup with Cardamom- http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/carrot-and-yam-soup-cardamom
Apple Dumplings with Cider-Cinnamon Sauce- http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/apple-dumplings-cider-cinnamon-sauce
Holiday Turkey with Rice Stuffing & Gravy with Fresh Herbs- http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=154
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread- http://redefinedmom.com/greek-yogurt-banana-bread-recipe/
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