Super Habits to Nourish Your Brain and Body
Many families are making the choice to "eat clean," eliminating highly processed snacks, sweets, and packaged foods in favor of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. It's a healthy approach for the body and the brain! Read on for tips and recipes to incorporate more whole foods into your family's meal plans.
Kickstart Today on the Right Fork!
Being adequately hydrated is important year-round, but we tend to focus on it more during hot weather. Surprisingly, it is common to be dehydrated even in cold weather! While water is what we want to drink most of the time, it can be nice to have some variety, too! How do you know if you’re hydrated? Your urine should be pale, like lemonade. If your urine is dark yellow, like apple juice, you’re dehydrated. Try making infused water to boost water consumption or try our smoothie recipe below!
- 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 4 dates, pitted
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Foster Access to Healthy Choices
Kids often make better choices when they’re not forced - let kids have some say. One way to foster their healthy eating autonomy is to provide healthy choices and let your child serve themselves. Will each night be perfect? Of course not. But, giving them choices, each night will help them to develop their own healthy habits. Try meal-in-a-bowl recipes such as our Protein-Packed Bowl recipe:
- Cooked brown rice
- Grilled chicken
- Sautéed onions
- Sautéed peppers
- Chopped lettuce
- Cubed avocado
- Tomato salsa
- Chopped cilantro
- Let each family member assemble their own bowl.
Limit Added Sugar
Fresh fruits and vegetables have sugar in them naturally - enjoy those! Be cautious with packaged and processed foods as they often have unhealthy additives, including sugar. For example, in our Mind Fortifying Pudding recipe, we use vanilla extract and cinnamon to add a flavor boost vs. adding extra sugar.
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
- Refrigerate for 4 hours or until thick.
- Serve chilled, with your favorite toppings, such a fresh fruit or coconut whipped cream. Leftovers keep covered in the fridge for 2-3 days, though best when fresh.
Boost the Fruits and Veggies!
One common pitfall is not having enough fruits and vegetables. Even the pickiest of eaters can make small steps towards to eating more produce. Tip: frozen fruits and vegetable are just as healthy as fresh and they're often less expensive. Frozen berries are an easy snack with a nutritional punch. Try our smoothie recipe or, pour the smoothie mixture into popsicle molds.
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