How to make healthy choices for your kids as a busy working mum
Never before have there been so many busy mums. Where once raising kids was a job in itself, now mums are heading back into their careers or starting businesses. They are doing so while continuing to manage a home, teach their kids manners, keep up with their exercise and have a healthy social life. Mums have a lot more pressure these days.
With statistics showing childhood obesity and diabetes are on the rise, many parents now have to educate themselves on proper nutrition for their kids. Here is a quick cheat sheet on making healthy choices simple.
5 tips to help busy mums make healthy choices for their kids
1. Choose snacks with less ingredients
Have a quick look at the ingredient list and if there are only 4-6 ingredients that you recognise, then you are on the right track. For example, Blue Dinosaur Paleo bars have five ingredients that you know: Organic Sulphur Free Coconut, Dates, Macadamia Nuts, Blueberry and Organic Coconut Oil. Products with a long list of ingredients have more opportunities to sneak in artificial ingredients. This will also make shopping a whole lot easier.
2. Shop with healthy retailers
We are lucky in Australia to have so many new healthy online retailers. A lot of these retailers will only stock products that they trust and have thoroughly researched for quality and standards. They will also make it clear which products are vegan, gluten free, GMO free and certified organic, allowing mums to make healthier choices for their families. Plus shopping online is a lot easier to do while relaxing at home.
3. Platter Boards
Platter boards are a great way to add variety and give kids a bit of control when it comes to their food choices. They are really fun to make with the kids as well. Some ideas for a healthy board include vegetables (carrots, broccoli, snap peas, celery or cooked brussel sprouts) and fruits (grapes, sliced apple or pears). Then add a few different kinds of cheese with crackers - there are so many healthy whole grain crackers (some are even gluten free). You can also experiment with various dips such as hummus, yoghurt, beetroot or pesto. This is the perfect way for the entire family to eat together. Kids are also empowered to make their own choices and try new flavours.
With so many smoothies on Instagram it’s easy to get recipe ideas. Just make sure you always keep in mind the sugar content of your smoothies. Use plain Greek yoghurt, unsweetened coconut or almond milk, and add vegetables as well as fruit. Adding nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashew is a great way to increase healthy fats as well as chia or flax seeds for added omegas. Superfood powders can also boost nutrients and add flavour. June Superfoods makes three different certified organic blends of superfoods that can provide flavour and sweetness without all the sugar and hidden nasties.
5. The 80/20 rule
If your kids eat healthy 80 percent of the time, it’s fine to let them enjoy treats 20 percent of the time. This will allow us to relax when our kids are out with friends or want to enjoy an ice-cream after dinner. Plus with all the healthy treats available on the market, it’s getting easier to stay healthy even while indulging.
These are just a few ways to choose healthy as a busy mum. It can be difficult these days with all the pressure, especially when all your kid wants to eat is sweets and white foods such as bread, pasta and crackers. Adding a bit a variety, limiting that long list of ingredients, shopping with trusted retailers and enjoying all the healthy choices has never been easier.