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Snacks
Your tween usually gets home from school between 3:30 and 4 p.m. They’re hungry, but dinner is nowhere close to being served. This is the perfect time for a healthy snack, which will keep their hunger at bay until suppertime...
lunchbox
Every child is different and from a young age, they begin to develop their own personalities, which are often reflected in the foods they enjoy eating. Here’s a “food casting guide” you can use to tailor your kid’s lunch box to their personality. The athlete Always on the go, the athlete devours his/her lunch and bolts off to an activity. In the lunch box: An all-in-one meal like a big couscous salad with legumes and colourful veggies, served with a no-added-sugar apple sauce and a Coolision yogurt. The aspiring artist A creative soul, he/she takes their time to eat and transforms whatever falls into their hands. In the lunch box:...
snacking
When they’re growing, children’s energy (calories) and nutrient needs are higher. However, due to their small stature and low weight, their appetites are not all that big. It is therefore essential to give them small meals and snacks full of nutrients throughout the day, so that they get enough for their needs. Armed with this knowledge, schools introduced snack time into the agenda to give the kids a much-needed energy boost. The problem? It’s not always easy to get our children to eat everything that’s in their lunch boxes when they’re away from home. Children can be picky and are good at coming up with sneaky ways to “lose” the...
fresh fruit
Kids’ parties and family/friendly gatherings are often synonymous with indulging in foods that are more often than not high in fat, often resulting in digestion woes and, down the road, possible health problems. Although festive occasions inherently call for tasty treats, you could also try to integrate some healthier options into your menu, which are easier to digest. As an alternative to birthday cake with buttercream icing or a big bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and hot fudge, I recommend organizing a yogurt parfait bash – just as delicious and fun for everyone. Here’s what you’ll need to pull it off: Transparent plastic cups for the younger ones...
Back to School, Back to Germs
I always smile at the silly TV commercials that appear right around August, you know the ones that picture excited parents, thrilled at the thought of new school year. Moms and dads grinning from ear-to-ear that “back to school” is just around the corner—usually these are commercials for backpacks or notebooks or clothes. But there’s more that comes with “back-to-school” buzz than just some breathing room for mom and dad: germs. They can make the return to school difficult if not dealt with. Once you’ve talked to your kids about germs, implement some good habits, like the ones listed below, to get in a germ-free state of mind. Five tips...
An Ode to Big Beautiful Bellies
This week, we’re paying tribute to all expectant moms—those who already have kids and those who are expecting for the first time. An ode to big, beautiful bellies A little angel starts its journey in the belly of its mommy And as the angel starts to grow, so does mommy’s tummy. From just a little bump at first, it grows so big and round Until one day, nine months on, mommy hears that magical sound: The cries of her newborn baby, so new it doesn’t even have a name And mommy knows from that moment on, her life will never be the same. Whether in the first, second or third...
Teaching your kids about heart health gives them some tool for healthy living
If parents start to teach kids and teens about the importance of heart health from a young age these lessons become part of their day-to-day living. Studies published by the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation found that kids who ate fruits and most specifically vegetables had healthier arteries in adulthood. So how do you instil these good habits? Leading by example and serving them heart healthy foods is the easiest way. Make sure you include fruits and veggies into your daily life—carrot sticks as a snack, a side of veggies with meals and orange wedges with breakfast. You also want your kids understand what the heart does and why we...

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