Healthy Happy Kids

Healthy Happy Kids

The picture of children running around in a field without a care in the world is idyllic. We all want our kids to experience this type of carefree childhood.

However, over a third of children between 2 and 15 are obese or overweight. In addition, 50% of mental health issues are established by the age of 15 and in the last three years, the chances of young people experience difficulties with their mental health has increased by 50%.

This not only takes a toll on children’s health but also on their experience of childhood. Obesity is believed to be linked to anxiety and depression.

There are many elements involved in what's caused these changes including lifestyle, genetics and environment, but the basic issue is that obesity is caused by an energy imbalance - taking in more energy through food than we use through activity.

The obvious way to overcome this challenge is to introduce more activity into daily routines, such as walking to school, exercising in the park and family outdoor activities.

The other is to manage children's diet so that they receive the nutrition they need without the additives they don’t. This is often easier said than done as many children are fussy eaters and don’t like the idea of vegetables and fruit.

Take a look at a few of our suggestions for making healthy foods more appealing and for setting your children on the right path for a happy healthy childhood. 

Mexican lasagne

This tasty dish is full of flavour and vegetables and the kids love it.

You will need:
  • 3-4 large wholemeal tortillas
  • 1 packet turkey mince
  • 1 onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Mexican seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Low fat crème fraiche
  • Handful grated cheese
  • 2 avocados
  • Chopped tomatoes

Start by frying chopped onion, garlic and celery until translucent and then add in chopped carrots and mince. Stir until browned and add seasoning, sweetcorn and tinned tomatoes.

Cook for a couple more minutes and then remove from the heat. Add a layer of the mixture to the bottom of a round pie dish and then place a tortilla on top. Continue doing this until your last layer is a tortilla.

Add some crème fraiche on top of this and a handful of grated cheese. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes and serve with mashed avocado and tomatoes.

Veggie tomato sauce

This is ideal to put on pasta, pizza and any other way your child will eat it. Packed full of vegetables your child will think they're eating tomato sauce.

You will need:

  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 courgette

Soften onion and celery before adding garlic. Cook for a minute and add chopped carrot, pepper and courgette after 2 minutes add tinned tomatoes (you could also use fresh).

Cook until tender and then process until smooth. It looks just like a tomato sauce but has 7 vegetables hidden inside!

Bee Bites

These healthy little energy balls shaped like bees will give them the energy they need to play all day.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil {or vegetable oil}
  • slivered almonds

Simply mix peanut butter and honey together, then add flour and oats. Shape into bee sized pieces and melt some chocolate chips. Drizzle the chocolate over shapes and use almonds as the wings. Place in the fridge until set and you have your scrummy bee bites!

Elixir Vitality Juice

When it’s time for refreshments what better way to get some nutrients into your children than with an Elixir Vitality juice. Containing Vitamins C, B2, A, K and iron and selenium this delicious anti-oxidant rich berry drink is supercharged to keep your child feeling healthy.

 

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