In the weight loss and weight management industry, two commonly asked questions are, “What should I eat?” and “What should I feed my family?” One thing is clear: people are concerned, and confused. We all want our family to have a healthy diet but TV, Internet, magazines and advertisements bombard us with choices and conflicting advice. Brands spend billions of dollars every year marketing non-nutrient-dense foods to the public.
The bottom line is that you need to take control of your children’s and your own diet and the first step is understanding why we need to feed ourselves and our family’s healthy food. Fueling your body is important; it will help keep your body energized and your brain alert. Soft drinks and sugary snacks will not provide you with the nutrients to keep your body and brain going. What you need is protein, fiber, healthy fats and fluids.
Check out these four smart options that are not full of preservatives, are full of nutrients and great for both kids and adults.
- Sunflower seeds and pistachio nuts
Kids love these because they are fun to “crack” open and are delicious. Parents love them because, being non-perishable and portable, they are great for after school and the office. Plus they are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fats; a single serving is sure to satisfy. Get the shelled kind to slow down your ingestion and help keep your eating “mindful.”
- Grapefruits, oranges, pummelos, mandarins and tangerines
Not only are citrus fruits rich in minerals and vitamins, their tough skin makes them durable and portable. Cut them into wedges and chill for a fun after school snack.
- Apple slices with peanut butter
Sliced apples with a thin layer of peanut butter on them make a tasty snack, full of fiber and great nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid.
- Hummus and veggies
Add some fun to veggie sticks with hummus, a food dip made from chickpeas, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and tahini (sesame seed butter). You can add garlic or roasted vegetables to hummus for a richly flavored dip, perfect for carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumbers or cherry tomatoes. Because hummus is made from chickpeas (as opposed to sour cream or mayonnaise) it is much healthier than other dips and high in fiber, protein, folic acid, zinc and magnesium.
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