Okay, so maybe it’s more like ‘tricking’ them into eating more fruits and vegetables. Hey, it’s for their own good and it certainly won’t ‘hurt them more than it does you’, so let’s solve this problem. One of the best ways to get more nutritious foods into your children’s bodies is to have them drink them. You can juice all sorts of vegetables that you may not have thought of before. Mixing them with the right fruits, yogurt, and natural sweeteners (like honey or sweet fruits) can make it a breeze.
This is one of the more common problems that parents face. In many cases, if these parents would take an honest look at their own diets, the truth would be revealed – they don’t eat them either! Why would your children eat spinach and ‘weird’ stuff like flax seeds or oil if you aren’t consuming these things yourself? The answer: they wouldn’t.
If you’re looking to include some of these natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant foods into your diet, this can be a fun and easy way to do it. There are entire sites like the one you’re on dedicated to juicing your way to better health and well being. You can find a variety of recipes here to get you started. Once you know what you like, you can start creating your own. Better yet, have your kids help you create their very own. Let them have some fun with it. Oh, you want some pineapples with your spinach, you bet! The point is, make the process of eating healthier more fun and enjoyable.
This is one of the easiest ways to add more of these important groups into your diet. We’ve heard for many years now about the health benefits of any number of anti-oxidants. These are all found in the fruits you can find in most any grocery store or farmer’s market. You don’t need to take extensive or expensive supplements to get these things into you and your family’s diet.
While we’re on the subject, it is recommended that you eat as much of these foods organic as possible. Some foods, like grapes, strawberries and lettuce families are known to be more highly sprayed with insecticides and other commercial agricultural chemical compounds. You really don’t want these in your body. This is especially true of your children, who will build up higher concentrations of these toxins over time in their bodily tissues.
This is just one more reason to look locally and to your farmer’s markets for fresh, organic produce. Not only may you find some interesting fruit and vegetable choices, but you’ll be helping your local community. You may even find that you build relationships with some of these folks and end up helping your kids get involved in their own habit of lifelong healthy eating.
Dr. Michael J. Funicello is a chiropractor in Gilbert, AZ. He has been in private practice since 1998, serving the communities of the Phoenix-metro area. His particular area of expertise is Network Spinal Analysis or Network Chiropractic, a gentle and progressive form of care. You can learn more or contact him at infinitehealingarts.com.