These whole-wheat gingerbread buttons are a good example of why it is better to bake your own festive treats rather than buy commercially produced baked goods. Baking from scratch at home gives you more control and knowledge. Recipes can be adjusted in many ways to reduce sugar, fat and other nutrient empty calories. Knowing exactly what goes into your home bakes is an added bonus. Baking at homes offers the
This kiddies menu (see the recipes below) is somewhat different to the standard kiddies menu found at fast food outlets or restaurants. With the alarming rise in obesity among pre-school aged children, childhood nutrition requires much more care. Adulthood obesity and disease is effected by childhood obesity, eating habits and nutrition intake. Obesity is likely to follow children into adulthood.
While authoritarian parenting styles are likely to promote obesity, authoritative parenting is required to prevent or manage childhood obesity. This means that while children should not be given the freedom or control to choose what they eat or when, they should be given the freedom to determine the quantity of any meal or snack, offered by a parent or caregiver, that they eat. This allows children to exercise and develop self-regulation, a wonderful skill for long term weight management and a life long healthy relationship with food. Simply put, food choices and therefore nutrient quality is a parental responsibility.
For this reason, I do not advocate making separate meals for children at family meal times but lunch boxes, homework snacks, garden picnics, sport snacks, hiking foods and parties may call for some novelty. A treat does not have to be laden with sugar or salt. The treat could be in the novelty of the food item, the setting in which it is eating or simply in the presentation of a snack.
Including children in the preparation of healthy foods is a a great way to promote an interest in healthy food and broaden the horizons of young taste buds for the development of a diverse food and ultimately nutrient intake. Key to remember is that healthy eating needs to both taught and modeled by all relevant caregivers. Read more about the very important nutrition manipulation opportunity that complementary feeding offers.
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