Last week we wrote about the Go Sober and Stoptober campaigns. These are generally the grown up / teenage addictions. What about the younger children? What are their cravings?
The big one, and it isn’t exclusive to children, is sugar. We eat so much that we aren’t even aware of! It is added to commercially produced bread, to savoury sauces and condiments. The aim of course, is to make it more appealing to our palates. Check out our blogs on sugar 20th / 24th April
Children use up energy at a phenomenal rate. Being back at school is going to make that happen all the faster. They will begin to reach for energy hits in the form of sugary drinks, sweets and carbs.
The best support you can give them is to support them with healthy non sugary snacks. If you do this, you help them maintain a more even blood sugar level. Keeping their blood sugar levels even will give them so many health benefits including:
- They will be more alert
- Have more energy
- Be more even tempered
- Maintain balanced weight
- Reduce inflammation levels – a high sugar diet really increases inflammation
Food is a big part of the even blood sugar level story but you also need to make sure they:
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Have time for hobbies and fun
- Don’t get stressed by the pressures of school
Healthy meals and snacks should comprise:
- Wild fish, organic meat and poultry
- Free range eggs
If you are concerned about the toxic impact of a high sugar diet then add herbs and spices to help reduce inflammation.
Here are a few ideas:
- Hot milk with cinnamon sprinkled on top
- Any dessert use cinnamon – it works brilliantly in crumbles
- Put cinnamon in a smoothie or you could use ginger or turmeric to pep it up.
- Use fresh ginger grated into soups and sauces to give some extra zing.
- Hot drinks using fresh ginger and citrus fruits work really well
- Ginger adds a lovely extra to soy, chilli and coconut or miso dishes
- Turmeric is great when combined with coconut oil and eaten from the fridge
- Add vibrancy and flavour to main courses by using turmeric
- Like cinnamon and ginger, turmeric works well in smoothies particularly green ones
Look out for some yummy recipes in our recipe section:
Avocado soup – ideal for the kids who won’t eat it raw!
Golden pea dip – a great way to add protein to their diet
Vegetable gratin with goats cheese – this gets veggies into them and introduces goats cheese easily WIN – WIN!
Potato cake with vegetables – another sneaky way of adding veggies for the fussy ones!
Apple cake with olive oil – low GI fruit and good fat!
Muesli bars – great snacks for breaks
We hope that you enjoy these recipes!