Our focus for this month at Mossell Holistic centers around kids’ health — which is especially important as we attempt to navigate a new sense of normalcy; for ourselves and for our families. While we might be in the midst of change and uncertainties, what remains a constant necessity is ensuring that our children are getting proper nutrition, preferably from whole foods.
Whether you’re packing a lunch box or preparing lunch at home, finding ways to get kids to eat healthy foods can be a serious challenge. Artificial ingredients and process sugars sneakily hide in a plethora of foods kids consume on a regular basis. Though we may not be able to steer completely clear these all of the time, the intention is to come back to feeding our families whole foods with real ingredients. Turning healthy eating into a familial lifestyle does not have to be a treacherous undertaking, it can actually be a delightful adventure!
Ignite your child’s curiosity to help in the kitchen. When kids are able to get involved in the process of making something delicious, they just might enjoy it. According to CBS News, teaching kids to cook and involving them in the kitchen may help them in making healthier food choices on their own (Kramer, 2014). What more could we ask for?
When you get the family involved, you can select age-appropriate tasks and delegate accordingly. You can spend less time in the kitchen prepping and more time enjoying the nutritious, filling meal or snack created out of a collective, loving effort.
This no-bake, 7 minute prep-time snack, is the perfect option to include in their lunch or whip up as an afternoon school snack; and something you and your kids can make together!
The Fruit Roll Up
(makes about 6 rolls — use double the ingredients if necessary)
*recipe and photo from @plantbasedrd
What you’ll need:
- 1 whole grain tortilla
- 1 serving of fruit of choice (we recommend banana)
- 1 TBSP peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- Optional: top with chopped nuts, seeds, date syrup, chocolate chips, granola, ect.
- Take your wrap and spread with peanut butter (or nut butter).
- Add fruit towards one end of the wrap along with any optional add-ons.
- Roll the wrap like you would a sushi roll.
- Cut into individual pieces (like shown) and enjoy!
Let’s get our kids (and ourselves) excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods.
Maybe your family prefers a savory take on this snack? Leave a comment below and let us know what ingredients you used!
Kramer, A. (2014, November 27). Teaching kids to cook may make them eat healthier. Retrieved September 16, 2020, from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teaching-kids-to-cook-may-make-them-eat-healthier/