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Food and Nutrition for Kids

Updated on September 6, 2016
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No Whine with Dinner
No Whine with Dinner

This book has an excellent website, don't forget to check it out. It gets 48, 4 or 5 star, Amazon ratings out of a possible 55.

 

I have a 13 year old son who has just become a brand new teen! So my husband and I are extremely interested in food and nutrition for kids, but especially older ones.

But before I start here’s the link to a fantastic new site by Michael Greger M.D. who is a physician, author, and speaker . He will tell you about the world's nutrition research and his aim is to deliver to us free daily videos and articles. He really knows his stuff and is well worth listening to. All proceeds from his books, DVDs, and speaking goes to charity.

But first please have a look at this article :

There are other interesting things here if you're looking for ways to improve the nutritional value of the food your children eat.

We have been fretting over our son's diet since it was first confirmed that we were going to be parents! We have some advice about food and nutrition for kids based one our personal experience and on our experience of working with kids for many years.

We make fresh green juice for our family every day and with very positive results, so if you're interested in this then Click Here and you will be taken to another article.

This page is not about babies, but about making our children fitter and maintaining our efforts right through their teenage years. I have some really good tips here, but I really would love it if you could add to this page with your tips and advice, so please do leave a comment or get in touch in the comments box below.



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Nutrition for Kids and Teenagers - An excellent video with a nutrition expert and teens talking at the end

Alcohol and Teens

They don't mix well - they shouldn't mix at all. Here's a very interesting article called : Why Alcohol Attracts Teenagers. It's a little scary to read but if you've got a teen then you should know this.

Kids who buy energy drinks and mix them with alcohol. This is a potentially lethal combination. The alcohol will make them reckless and the energy drink will make them feel like doing dangerous things - especially boys

Healthy Kids Plate
Healthy Kids Plate

Great reviews, this plate is good because it teaches about the health benefits while saving a little spot on the very top for a treat! Great idea. When you've eaten the whole plate, there's a treat waiting for you. It might be better to put the treat in after the meal has been eaten though!

 

Kids Healthy Eating Plates - These plates are excellent to help you think about the correct portion sizes and the balance of food.

There are more of these clever plates on the Amazon.com site. Just click on one of these and you'll be taken there.

Great reviews, this plate is good because it teaches about the health benefits while saving a little spot on the very top for a treat! Great idea. When you've eaten the whole plate, there's a treat waiting for you. It might be better to put the treat in after the meal has been eaten though!


Some Food Coloring Connected with ADHD

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Sunset yellow (E110)

Quinoline yellow (E104)

Carmoisine (E122)

Allura red (E129)

Tartrazine (E102)

Ponceau 4R (E124)

Sodium benzonate (E211) (not a food coloring but a preservative)

Books on Food & Nutrition for Kids

Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love-Most Recipes Take Just 30 Minutes or Less!
Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love-Most Recipes Take Just 30 Minutes or Less!

This is a great book because it has recipes for the whole family -not different ones for the kids I like that - we should sit round the table and eat together at least once a day. This book gets 35 4 or 5 star Amazon ratings out of a possible 38.

 
Children are attracted to bright colours
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The Secret Snack

When my son was 4 years old and at nursery, I always had a snack ready for him when I picked him up in the afternoons. I wasn't the only one, but mine was very different to everyone else.

I would stand outside waiting for the children to be released, and one by one each parent or child minder would greet their child with 'treats' like pop and crisps, candy bars, or sweets.

Instead my son looked forward to to munching his way through a delicious bread roll and a fresh bottle of water!

I made a point of buying him his favorite bread or bread rolls, some with poppy seeds, some just brown, sometimes they had mixed seeds. He was very happy and never disappointed.

But I had to hide our snack from everyone because I was worried that they would think that I was being unkind or OTT. I was concerned that they'd think I was judging them too. In the end we called it the Secret Snack! We also had the Magic Green Juice, but that's a different story!

One day someone gave my son a sweet but he didn't know what do to with it! He was about 5 years old and had no idea what this thing was. I told him it was a sweetie that tasted of sweet sugar and blackberries, he watched me unwrap it for him and I popped it in his mouth. The response was very funny, it wasn't long before he spat it out complaining that it was not nice, and too sticky!

He always loved chocolate, and all the cakes we had on special occasions - but we never gave him sweets to eat or pop to drink.

He is now 13 years old and doesn't crave sweets and very rarely asks for them, and when he does he makes a point of choosing the chocolate ones and not the sticky things that are full of colorings and stick fast to your teeth.


Healthy Snacking Tips

Eat with Your Kids

This is social time, a time for you to sit and relax and chat with older kids and especially teens. What better time to monitor what they eat and what they have been doing?

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The sweets are created in the same colors as fruits and vegetables. Bright and very eyecatching. It's very hard to fight this type of marketing.

Forbidden Fruit!

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Teach Your Kids How to Cook

My son who has just started to take a real interest in cooking and how things are prepared. We take full advantage of this and encourage him to help us choose what we eat and to cook it too.

We take the opportunity to teach him about the horrors of eating 'junk food' while we're at it.

We have also dug a small vegetable patch for him, which he tends for very carefully ( sometimes!) but if he doesn't then I do! He always enjoys reaping the fruits of my labour! We're hoping this will encourage him to eat more vegetables.

We also give him vegetable juice to drink everyday, this was a problem at first, but now he drinks them down willingly. This will do him the world of good. Here's a link to our lens about juicing, which you may find interesting.


Eureeka!

My son came home from school yesterday after his cookery lesson, with a delicious dish of Macaroni cheese with vegetables. We sat down to supper and he ate it all up! This is the boy who hates cooked carrots and courgettes!

It was a special moment!

EasyLunchboxes

EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag, Orange
EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag, Orange

These are great lunch boxes with their very own cool bags.You fill the boxes and then you put them in a cool bag that is just the right size. Great idea.

 

Do you cook different dishes for your kids than for yourself?

Yes, my kids have a different menu to the adults because...

Yes, my kids have a different menu to the adults because...

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    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @JustineKnott: That's a good way to do it. I don't know how old you son is but It's very good that you all eat together as a family - that's the one thing that will help you to monitor what he eats -and what he's up to generally! :). I also give my son a little taste of things we eat, it's amazing how much their taste changes as they grow up. Thanks very much for your comment and visit.

    • JustineKnott 3 years ago

      Yes, a lot of the time as my son is very fussy, (only likes bland foods) but we are gradually introducing him to new foods. I don't think we should have to keep eating bland foods for the rest of our lives. We have a rule that he has to try out what we are eating.

    Nope. My kids eat the same as the adults because...

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      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

        That's the best approach, their tastes will change and they won't realize it unless they try out different things regularly. Today my son announced that he loves boiled carrots! When did that happen -he's always hated them lol!

      • Jhon HAb 2 years ago

        We all eat the same so they can experience different foods.

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      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @ConnieGreen LM: So do we but my son is still resisting the green vegetables. He is better though he eats peas and beans and lettuce. He also drinks green juice every day, which means that I don't have to worry about this any more :0)

      • ConnieGreen LM 3 years ago

        We all eat the same so they can experience different foods.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

          @Hutch871: It does indeed. Thanks for sharing this with us - it might help a teenager understand that eating well is important and not just something nagging adults do!! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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          Matt Hutcheson 2 years ago from Aberdeen

          My diet was terrible as a kid. I'd never want to eat anything healthy and just wanted to eat quick easy foods. When I got to my late teens, I just started feeling terrible all the time, and never had any energy. I changed my diet and it was almost an instant change. Eating well has a huge effect on your body.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

          @SusanDeppner: That means they'll be eating well as adults. I reckon we could all probably do with more exercise! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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          Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

          We did pretty well with nutrition when my kids were still at home. I love your tips to get kids exercising. I need to use those on myself!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @betterhealth235: Yes, this is a big issue with teens. They're bombarded with 'cool' junk food and they're taste buds are seriously immature - so they love things that are unhealthy! It's ironic but true. Not enough is being done about this -so we have to roll up our sleeves and battle on. Our grandparents didn't have this sort of problem - or did they? What's Popeye all about lol! Thanks for you visit and comment.

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          betterhealth235 3 years ago

          I have a teen whose diet is really bad, he gets lots of exercise but good wholesome nutrition - that's another story, some great info here.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @Zeross4: Thanks for your visit Daisy and for leaving a comment.

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          Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

          I say stay away from the carbs and make your own food from scratch.

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          Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

          I agree, it's definitely very important!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @Lynda Makara: Here, here! That's what I try to do in my family. Thanks for visiting I hope you found the lens useful.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @workoutworldcali: I have added this article in the links section below. Thanks workoutworldcali it's rather scary isn't it!

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          workoutworldcali 3 years ago

          http://www.workoutworldcali.com/a-weird-moment-in-... here's a little post you might want to add! Great lens though :) so much good info!!!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @yourbodytype: Yes it is good. But we need to watch out that they are not just keeping thin to look like the so called 'super models' - media images give really powerful messages to children. Have you seen the new Cindy doll? She has a more natural body, one that reflects the shape of a real woman. A step in the right direction I think!

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          yourbodytype 3 years ago

          It is happier to know that kids nowadays very concern on heath.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @jacques66: Couldn't agree more. Thanks for your visit and your very interesting comment.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          A nice post related to food and nutrition.

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          jacques66 3 years ago

          Hi I do understand your frustration as a teacher I am dealing with ADHD students every day, It is not down to discipline. If you try to go straight into the discipline route you could get into a real nightmare. relationship breakdown and even affect the whole family.The diet will have a big impact with this condition. there are some adhd diet I have been told from some parents. They have noticed some big changes in the child behavior and this within a few weeks, Of starting this diet. http://adhdintoddlers.org/adhd-in-toddlers-2

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

          @anonymous: Thank you for your visit and comment.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

          @anonymous: Thanks for calling by and leaving a comment Muhammad -we're happy you liked the article.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          It is a very good article about kids health.

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