As many of you know, I now work with the Boys and Girls club, and run a program for several of the schools called “Triple Play”. The Triple Play program focuses on Mind, Body and Soul, which of course, is right up my alley! I have enjoyed teaching the kids thus far about how important exercise is (body): Warm-up, stretching, different types of exercise which all involve running/walking, cool down, hydration and how important it is to refuel the body before and after exercise with a healthy snack!
We have now moved on to the “Mind” part of the program, which includes learning about proper nutrition, making good food decisions, and different ways of adding good nutrition into their every-day diet. The U.S. government has recently made some changes to nutritional daily recommendations, and have moved away from the “Pyramid”, and have implemented the program ChooseMyPlate.
I’ve spent some time going over the website, which is still being updated with the changes, and it really has some good information within it. (www.ChooseMyPlate.gov) I may not personally agree with everything they suggest, but if this new program leads people to making better food choices and food portions, then I am all for it! Below are a couple of links that I really liked that suggests different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your’s and your families daily diets.
Now PARENTS, these are ALL great ways to add more fruits and veggies into your kids daily diets. It is important to get an ARRAY of color and types as all fruits and veggies contain different phytonutrients (plant based nutrients). I know, I know, I’ve heard it a million times before “But my kids don’t like all these different types of fruits and vegetables”. I also didn’t like cleaning the toilet when I was a kid, but I still had to do it! Why? Cause it was the right thing for me to learn.
I’m pretty tough on this, cause I know how much parents love their children, yet many don’t understand that they my be hurting their kids by what is found within their very own pantries! Know this, as children get older, their taste buds change. Keep trying different ways of getting fruits and veggies into your kids diets. Data finds that it can take up to 15 different times of introducing a new veggie or fruit to a child for them to get used to it. Nutrition is what builds up your children’s bodies and immune systems. So let me ask you this: Do you want to build up their bodies and immune systems or tear them down? As parents, you have a great say and control in this.
I hope you enjoy the following tips by clicking on the following links: