Maybe your teen has “graduated” from the kids’ table to the adult table at holiday mealtime, but that doesn’t mean his tastebuds have matured much. Teens are just as tempted by holiday treats as young children, but there is a big difference with older kids—they frequently have the means to obtain what they want (many have money of their own) when they want it (lots of teens can drive to go get what they want). How do you help your teen enjoy the holidays without throwing healthful eating out the window? Here are a few ways to help, just in time for the holiday rush!
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Trying new foods is a learned skill, and since so many kids go through phases where they’ll fight trying new foods, helping them to eat nutritiously can be a challenge. This month, we’ve put together a few recipes that your kids will recognize and love, with a nutritious twist. By using whole grains, choosing lower fat meat and dairy products, and including a splash of colorful vegetables, you can serve your kids their favorite foods with confidence that they’re getting better nutrition.
Persuading your kids to eat their veggies, as every parent knows, is very often the furthest thing from being all fun and games. Healthy eating can be less stressful and even a little more fun with the advice of a few experts who know how to turn a chore into a game.
I don’t know what was wrong with me as a kid, but it wasn’t until my adult life that I began my love affair with sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and… sweet AND even pretty good for you. Sweet potatoes (or yams depending on where you are from) “are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin B6″- according to Wikipedia. You can also find them just about all year round.
Last week I judged the University of New Hampshire’s “Healthy Chef Challenge,” an Iron Chef-style competition that pitted three teams of two students against each other. The premise was simple but the challenge was tough: teams submitted an original healthy recipe to us here at Guiding Stars and we ran it through our ratings system to assign one, two or three stars based on overall nutrition. We provided the teams with details about why the recipes fared either well or poorly, and they were allowed to revise them if they deemed it necessary to do so.
I had the pleasure of attending the University of New Hampshire’s second annual Healthy Chef competition where students competed for the title of UNH Healthy Chef and the bragging rights of having their winning recipe appear on the UNH menu.
We all know how great salads are. The right combination of vegetables and protein makes for a power-packed and nutrition-friendly meal. There’s just one big, glaring problem. Salads can get boring when you make the same one day after day. They can also be tedious when you end up having to buy so many different ingredients. The answer? Mix up your salad routine!