Special 2 March, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
A balanced diet is a key part of children’s brain and physical development.
Parents often face the challenge of getting their children to eat a healthy diet, a task that is not always easy. While, as parents, we know what foods are most beneficial to children, a slice of pizza or a hamburger often sound a lot better to them.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unprocessed legumes should play a main part of children’s diets. Getting children used to a healthier diet is possible by simply including these foods in the meals they like.
Learn how to prepare your favorite dishes in a healthy and fun way and encourage kids to participate in preparing them.
- Pizza. Order pizza without cheese and add extra vegetables. If you make pizza at home, use toppings like vegetables, tofu and vegetarian pepperoni.
- Hamburgers. One excellent alternative is to grill the patty in its own juices instead of frying it. Other recommendations include adding a variety of vegetables, using low-fat cheese and leaving out bacon and sauces.
- Carrot sticks. Instead of French fries, let your side dish be carrot sticks with a dip such as hummus. To make hummus, all you need is cooked garbanzo beans, garlic, salt, lemon or lime juice, olive oil, ½ cup of water and 2 tablespoons of tahini. Blend these ingredients together and you are ready to go!
- Ice cream. One alternative is to eat soy ice cream or add nuts to your ice cream. For something a little different, blend frozen fruits and a little bit of soy milk together to make a shake.
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