6: Drink Water Only
Absolutely NO fizzy drinks, energy drinks or fruit juice from now on. Allow them to choose some beautiful iced teas. I have 11 flavours in my pantry right now. My children love making flavoured waters, it’s fun and colourful. Or a sugar-free berry chia fresca. There are so many better ideas than a soda or a juice.
7: Love Your Slow Cooker
Your slow cooker will become your friendly little helper in the kitchen. There is nothing better than coming home to a meal simmering away at the end of a long day.
Many slow cooker meals can be prepared the night before in the slow cooker dish and placed in the fridge. All you have to do is put it in the slow cooker in the morning and turn it on. You can even prepare the vegetables ready to cook fresh when it’s time for dinner.
And remember, leftovers are king, so make double and freeze the rest or enjoy over the following days. Try my self saucing meatballs or beef stroganoff. These are the most popular slow cooker recipes on the website.
8: Picky Eaters
I can guarantee, every house will have at least one picky eater. Many parents allow them to eat whatever they can whenever they can. This only makes the problem worse. By allowing them to graze continuously means they will not be hungry before a meal. I think this could be the hardest hurdle to overcome but it is THE most successful tip if you truly want to know how to help your child eat real food.
Dinner will always be more appealing if you are actually hungry. Picky children are getting their energy through nutritionally devoid foods such as bread, flavoured yoghurts, muesli bars, crackers and processed snacks. They snack continuously and never finish their dinner – which should be based on simple real food, not pasta, rice or bread.
My 8-year-old is the picky eater in our house. At dinner, he knows he is allowed to leave one vegetable on his plate. He doesn’t realise I give him plenty of extra vegetables but ends up eating more this way. He feels he has some control in his meal each night.
Americans now spend more on snacks than meals. If those preservatives in packaged snacks are stopping the bacteria from growing in our food, what is it doing to the beneficial bacteria in our bodies? Our gut health is incredibly important with 75% of our serotonin (happy hormone) and our immunity being made in our gut.
Sometimes when we are out with our children there may not be real food available, I’m realistic, but let’s see if we can do the best we can as often as we can, then there is less pressure on the occasions when we can’t.
Start snacking on vegetables, healthy dips, eggs, tuna, cold meat, antipasto platters, low sugar smoothies, berries, cream, cheese and all the other possibilities. Children love platters, so fill a plate with colourful nibbles. Take a look at all the Snacks Recipes in the recipe finder.
10: Healthy Oils
Please cut back on deep-fried food when eating out. Much of the oils used are highly processed seed oils such as canola oil or sunflower oil. Seed oils are inflammatory and easily oxidised causing inflammation within our body.
Many modern diseases stem from the inflammation within us caused by the food we eat. We really are not treating our children by serving them these fried foods. If you wouldn’t eat them, why feed them to our children? At home use oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, and avocado oil and avoid deep fried food when eating out.
Remember – we are LOW carb, not NO carb. The emphasis is on the real whole food approach, healthy fats, fresh vegetables and good quality proteins.
- Stop buying sugary sweets, drinks and baked goods
- Start buying real unprocessed whole foods. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket for the fresh produce
- Avoid all seed oils and trans fats
- Eat nutrient dense foods
- Increase your omega 3 from oily fish, avocado, grass-fed meat and nuts
- Cook at home, eat together
- Have fun and keep it simple
Remember it is what we do every day that makes a difference, not what we do once in a while. So make sure eating low carb real food is a daily occurrence.
Teach your children to eat and enjoy REAL FOOD.
Teach them nutrition is the basis of good health.
How To Help Your Child Eat Real Food? Show by example.
If you would like to learn how to become a low carb family who ditches the soda and the junk food, you may wish to look at my latest eBook “Low Carb Easy Family Meals – 35 easy recipes.” Click here to read more.