If you're anything like me, and most parents I know for that matter, you have at some stage felt overwhelmed with all the information around children's diets. What they “should” and “shouldn't” eat, wether they should be gluten free, dairy free or even sugar free, which is more of a personal choice.
I will be the first to admit I can go a little overboard when it comes to my children's health and it can be stressful! It's obviously only because I care so much and don't want my kids to go through all the health issues I had growing up. Turns out, you can stress and do all the “right” things and still have a child who gets sick often, has allergies or need specific supplementation.
My suggestion is to keep it simple. Fresh whole foods are always going to be best and sometimes you just need a little imagination or inspiration. Here is a simple, healthy recipe that our children love for breakfast!
Obviously there can be limitations depending on your circumstances. Organic fruit and veg is great, but if it's not available to you or not within your means (yes it can be expensive!) then maybe you could grow some of your own veggies instead! Not only is it great for Mother Earth, but the kids love to water and nurture the garden and then reap the benefits. It may even get them more interested in eating their veggies!
Grains can be tricky to navigate, especially overly processed grains (think packets of biscuits, pop corn, “grain waves” chips) can be very inflammatory on the gut, causing leaky gut, allergies and other health issues. Try stick to fermented wheat in sourdough (which may lower gluten content) and ancient grains like spelt that may be less harsh on our children's immature gut.
Try these cookies to pop in the kids lunch boxes or for when you need a little snack while parenting!
Another favourite of mine is fried rice. Such a quick easy dinner to make for the whole family. This recipe is delicious and the kids love it!
If you like the look of the recipes above, check out some more @ the naturopathic kitchen! Lunch boxes don't have to be overwhelming, our time is precious so remember you can go back to basics. As Sarah Wilson says “Just eat real food!”