Definately what kids wait from me are my oatmeal muffins. I replace flour with oats, reduce sugar by a lot or replace with honey, add berries/fruits and reduce the fat by putting a lot less and I use either coconut oil or some nut oil like peanut or sesame.
Other is what I do is I make berry cakes with oats and almond flour. Thin layer of oats and almond and lots of berries on top. At times I make sugarless rye and oats bottom and top it with honey, honey greek yogurth with berries layer.
Homemade granola bars are also great. Fruitsalads. Smoothies are also good! :) Homemade coconut banana bread has been also really liked. Maize, semolina(can mix with berries), rice and rye(mixed with berries) porridges have been absolutely amazing!
I also make pancakes by throwing 2 eggs 1 banana into blender then pour it into oven into 350/175 for 30-45 mins and then eat it like that or with selfmade "jam" (fruit/berry into blender with a bit of water and honey).
I can see this is an old thread but I think it's worth reviving.
My kids have really been trying hard to get on board. Their babysitter does take them for 'treats' sometimes but she is clear from us that they should be something healthy masquerading as treats :)
I have been really looking at the lower calorie treats and just making sure they are clear that dessert is not an everyday thing - at least not refined, sugary desserts - we do tend to have blueberries and milk or greek yogurt almost daily right now - Greek yogurt, now there is a treat they love!!
But I would love to hear from everyone as to how they 'treat' their kids - and yourselves too!
Well, first of all these are things I did. With my mother, I had to actually help her rethink her eating habits. I wanted both Meg and my mother living a healthy lifestyle, so I went to work on my mother. My mother will be a work in progress for the duration, but it has also been fun. I started this years ago, actually Meg was just very small when I started on reading and changing my attitude and way of thinking. This all just doesn't happen overnight, it is a way of life. Remember, you are the captain, you make the choices for your kids until they can make the right ones. Talk to your parents explain to them what you are doing and even ask if they want to help, sometimes bringing in the ones that are hurting us actually end up helping both. The school and teachers is a whole other animal. Again, you need to express yourself to them on what your goals and challenges are concerning your childrens health and for that matter all the childrens health. Have them make suggestions on what can happen. That's putting them in the lead and letting them think it's there idea. Try to get something that involves the entire school. Something like the kids pledge to ear healthy one a week, or will eat more fruits and veggie's. Get with the teachers and explain the difference between good nutrition and not so good nutrition. They may even have some idea's. Good Luck
current weight: 155.6
Fitness Minutes: (201) Posts: 21 9/26/12 10:40 A
Thank you for your post. I do get that and I have switched to snacks consisting of fruit or yogurt types. But I really do want to understand how a normal eating family uses those other things. For example; If we go to my parents house and they normally have cookies for grandkids, it would make sense to allow them to have these items once in a while, but if we go out there every day, I don't think they should be snacking on those things. The teachers at their school hand out candy like there is no tomorrow and I don't think that's ok. I get that nutrition is about what you do as a whole, but I don't know how to fit in those other things without being a "grump" about it and also engaging in some of those "super" treats once in a while. It's great if our kids think a bowl of cut up fruit is a treat, but in the real world, I (and they) need to learn how to moderate them. I just don't know what that means. Does that make more sense?
Treats don't necessarily have to be ice cream, cookies and candy. Treats can be apples, pears, carrot sticks or yogart. I think whatever belief system you take on in teaching you're children is what they will altimately take away from it. That's how I gave my daughter treats, fruits and vegtables. Yes, of course there is the once in awhile cookie or candy. Actually, I loved halloween, Meg was so use to eating fruits and vegs as a treat, she gave me treats, LOL. Now, she is 21 and I just have to suffer. LOL Believe me, your kids will learn alot from you. They will also remember and take it with them. They do listen.
current weight: 155.6
Fitness Minutes: (201) Posts: 21 9/26/12 8:42 A
I'm new here so I hope this is an ok place for this question. My kids have been doing awesome with trying some new healthy foods and "sucking it up" when I offer more fruit instead of more ________ (fill in the blank). My question is what is reasonable when it comes to treats? I do not know what is reasonable for kids (mine are 10,6,and 3). Would it be once a week? Once a day? Once a month? I really don't know. I am working on whole foods and portion controlling as a family goal, but want there to be room for homemade cookies and the like.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.