I’ve been a big fan of WelleCo products for a few years, loving both their Nourishing Protein and original staple, The Super Elixir. Last spring, WelleCo Kids arrived, enabling the little ones to join me too. The Super Elixir tastes delish and nutritious in green smoothies, while the chocolatey kids’ Nourishing Protein is an ideal afternoon pick-me-up. With that in mind, I’ve teamed up with WelleCo for some handy kids’ nutrition tips.
My own two, at six and eight, are getting to the stage where I can have discussions with them about food and its nutritional value. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when it all goes out of the window, but I do generally try to encourage a healthy, balanced plate of food. Everything in moderation of course, and I’m always grateful for kids’ nutrition tips myself.
Over to Dr Simone Laubscher, PhD, who formulated The Super Elixir alkalising formula supplement, and WelleCo founder, Elle Macpherson, for some handy kids’ nutrition tips…
Kids and teens with a diet too high in carbs and sugar and too low in protein, omega 3 and essential fatty acids will have dramatic mood swings and concentration issues. Sometimes the answer is as easy as the food they eat.” Dr. Laubscher, PhD
“As a family we love good food and have a healthy diet of organic protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, we try and have family dinners as often as we can, it’s the best time for us all to get together. I believe wellness is just one of the keys to a happy family.” Elle Macpherson
We believe the foods our kids eat today are the building blocks for the rest of their lives. We also know convincing our kids to eat healthy foods can sometimes be almost impossible. Here are a few tricks to encourage them on their way….
- Fill the pantry with real food. Sounds simple right? If there’s no junk food in the house, they will have no option but to eat the healthy, fresh food that’s in its place.
- Wholefood kids’ smoothies. Smoothies are a wonderful way to get a lot of nutrients into their bodies at once. Our Super Kids Chocolate Nourishing Protein contains a healthy dose of fruit and veggies including broccoli, apple, pumpkin and beetroot; organic plant protein to prevent blood sugar fluctuations and sugar craving; and probiotics for healthy gut function. It’s the perfect afternoon snack – just one scoop in milk of choice.
- Give them a choice. Enable independence by offering two or three food ideas, rather than dictating one.
- Tell them about it. Explain what will happen if they eat certain foods, for example: “Avocados make your brain nice and strong,” or “hummus gives you energy for playing for longer”. On the flip side having an age appropriate discussion about how junk food affects them is worthwhile too.