Frustrating mealtimes? Worried your child is gaining weight too quickly or not enough? Tired of having ‘food fights’ with your kids? I am here to tell you that there is another way and it is possible to enjoy feeding your child(ren)! Check out Ellyn Satters website or books for information on how to feed your child.
Easily serve a home cooked meal by using the crock pot! This recipe can be adapted to what spices and veggies your family likes. Leftover chicken can be used to start another meal like chicken sandwiches or chicken salad. The bones can be boiled to make chicken stock for soups or to be used in other recipes.
What is your favorite crock pot recipe?
Fruits are full of powerful nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and energy. Not to mention very tasty! Be sure to utilize a variety of fruits including fresh, dried and frozen. Fruits are great for breakfast or for an afternoon pick me up.
Try this tasty yogurt dip with apples and pretzels for a great after school snack! https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/peanut-butter-honey-yogurt-dip/
What is your favorite way to serve fruit to your kids?
Water is readily available, inexpensive and the best beverage for our body. If you or your child struggle with fatigue, headaches, constipation or dry skin try drinking more water and see if you notice an improvement.
Dont love water? Try these tips to increase your water intake. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-drink-more-water#section13
Family meals - Sitting down and eating as a family not only improves nutrition, it also promotes better communication between parents and their kids. Research has shown kids that regularly have family meals are less likely to engage in ‘risky’ behaviors in their adolescent years. Make family mealtimes a priority this year.
Feeling stuck with how to fit family meals into your schedule? Reach out to Brenda, FORK Dietician, to help you come up with a plan.
The more we know about children's unique nutritional needs the better job we can all do as parents in raising a happy, active, and healthy child.
Nutrition Talks is designed to help us all to make the best decisions possible around our child's nutritional needs. I wanted its format to be a quick and simple reminder of what we likely already know, without necessarily bogging us down in technical doublespeak that surrounds nutritional space.
Yet for within each Nutrition Talks topic you will see that I have provided a reference resource for those who occasionally would like to do a deeper dive on that topic.
Occasionally you will see that I am hosting an outside expert in what will be called "BONUS Bites."
So Like, Follow, and Share Feed Our Rural Kids on Facebook and watch for my bi-monthly posts on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Or we will just see you back here at FeedOurRuralKids.org when you are hungry for more knowledge.