Truly healthy foods for kids
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Before you decide you want to go vegan or vegetarian (why would I do that?), find out what are the true healthy foods for kids. Realize that you canâ€™t just start putting anything in your own and your kidsâ€™ bodies. Many packaged, dead foods contain animal products, so always read food labels.
Soâ€¦if not meatâ€¦what are we supposed to eat?
“Vegan” comes from vegetation, so keep that in mind when thinking about healthy food for kids. Your childâ€™s body really needs real, whole foodsto thrive.
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These are the real food groups, the way nature offers them:
– Seeds (and sprouts)
– Plant oils
– Whole grains
– Pure water
These are healthy foods for kids, and best digested in their raw form. The younger children are, the easier it is to feed them mostly raw whole foods, since it is what their bodies naturally crave.
Young children (at least under school aged) love plain veggies and fruits, they usually donâ€™t like complicated or spiced flavours, and they donâ€™t like heavy greasy food like meat â€“ unless they have been introduced to it as babies.
If your child doesnâ€™t want meat, you donâ€™t need to force feed them, or bribe them with treats! Sometimes they know better what their body needs or doesnâ€™t need. Worried about proteins? Well, sprouts actually contain more protein than your average mass produced lump of meat.
Fresh raw and living foods are alive with nutritional energy, and ready to provide children with all the essential elements a body needs: antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and water. And, most importantly, enzymes!
Only living and raw foods contain enzymes.
What are enzymes?
Enzymes break down the food; they are converted into digestive enzymes. Basically, enzymes are true energy, the â€œlifeâ€? in foods. They allow the food to be digested properly and rapidly, and create a pleasant feeling right from the core â€“ energizing the entire body. Sometimes we mistake that feeling for â€œhungerâ€?.
What are living foods?
Living foods are foods that are still growing. Freshly picked vegetables,windowsill grown sprouts a ripe berry are just some examples. Feeding your kids living foods is like giving them a new and splendid life. Want to learn how to give them the best raw and living foods, but don’t have any tasty ideas? Here is an awesome (and cheap) “un-cook” book.
Just how many vegetables do your kids need to be eating?
Well, the human body is designed to intake 80% vegetables. We need to be eating a diet of mostly vegetables, mostly in their raw form to take advantage of all the enzymes.
Thereâ€™s plenty of creative ways to incorporate â€“ aka sneak ;P â€“ healthy foods for kids to eat. Click here for delicious recipes.
What kinds of foods need to be eaten?
Organic ones, and the best ones are home grown! You donâ€™t want a buildup of pesticides in your system. Fruits are often more heavily sprayed than vegetables, so it is important to choose seasonal organic fruit.Make sure it is ripe!
Give your kids mostly raw vegetables and fruits, and be sure to include greens, sprouts and superfoods Fresh nuts and seeds are also great healthy foods for kids. They are potent little snacks that provide the body with densely packed protein, and minerals like iron, zinc and calcium.
Most importantly, try to eat with the seasons, and try to eat locally as much as you can. This is not always possible, but you will be surprised and might even discover the wonderful world of wild food.
Where your produce comes from is underemphasized. When you eat local, you begin to eat in harmony with the seasons. You are in tune with the land. That is an integral part of picking healthy foods for kids.
Eating with the seasons, it becomes natural to associate the crisp sweetness of an apple with fall, the comfort of butternut squash with winter, the crunch of fresh sprouts with spring, and the juiciness of a berry with summer. Foods are unbelievably more flavourful when they are ready and ripe for you from your land.
Health is all interconnected; it depends not only on the foods eaten, but also the relationships with those foods: is there a loving attitude towards the food, is it consumed with pleasure, with awareness…?
Tending to your own plants develops an indescribable connection with your food. This is a wonderful practice to pass on to your children.
The plants can feel your attention on them, and become healthful specifically for you and your family. There are ways to practice conscious growing that foster a deep connection and offer the optimal healthy foods for kids.
We can’t grow enough food to feed a family year round, but there are many organic options available. Most supermarkets still don’t have a good variety of organic whole foods, so I shop online for hard to get items like nuts, seeds, and superfoods (often cheaper than you would find at a retailer anyways!).
Click on the image below to shop for the best, organic whole foods.