During this summer we have spent a lot of hours at the beach. Whilst I love people watching, I realised that when I was a teenager, the people I was watching were a lot smaller. It´s not only the teenagers and adults that are bigger overall, it´s the children that really make me want to scream. And I am sorry if I offend anyone, but I am so passionate about instilling healthy eating practices to young children and young mums, I have to have my say. I get incredibly twitchy when I see the cream doughnut-salesman visiting the same family several times in a few hours and the 3 years olds are happily tucking into their own doughnuts. Ok I enjoy one too every once in a while, but I always pack healthy snacks and meals when we go to the beach for several hours.
A recent publication by Nestlé Nutrition Institute called Early Nutrition: Impact of short-and long terms health highlights the fact that good eating habits and food choices starts in utero. The diet of the mother directly affects tastes and flavours the baby is exposed to and affects which foods a baby will be willing to accept once food is introduced. Parents are crucial in teaching healthy eating habits to their children and this only has a positive impact on long term health and brain development. Parents need to set an example by eating healthy food in front of their children and sharing the same meal, preferably at a table.
A lot of good topics are covered in this workshop series so if you share the link with one person (mum,dad,carer,friend or grandparent) we can educate and share the science with those who are not yet aware and stop childhood obesity one click at a time.
My ideas for packing healthy snacks on an outing include:
Cold Pasta salad with vegetables and fresh herbs
Banana loaf or carrot muffins
Fresh chopped fruit
Nut & raisin mix
Fruit Juice and water
Individually wrapped cheese portions
Low fat Yoghurts
Wholegrain sandwhich with salad, humous and avocado
Another idea is to cook before leaving the house on your outing as on your return, kids are ravenous and you stop at the first take away on your way back home. Plan ahead and have a full meal prepared so there is no late night snacking.
I understand that time is always limited, but like anything, the more you do it, the better and faster you become at it….pretty much like blogging. So start practising 1 recipe until you perfect it and add your own twist. I will be starting a section for busy mums soon!