Here at Sure Chef we believe that getting kids (and parents!) into the kitchen is an absolute priority! In such a busy world it’s sometimes easy to ignore the increasing reports of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease to choose the more convenient daily routine of take-out or pre-prepared meals from our local grocery stores. We want to help pioneer a solution for families who find themselves in this position.
Between soccer practice, gymnastics, swimming and library trips, not much time is left for our home kitchens; we get that. This is why it is a main goal at Sure Chef to provide our fans and followers with simple, schedule-sensitive recipes that the whole family can both enjoy and feel good about. Besides, I think we can all agree it’s tough to get much done at all when families get sick, and we all know that good food leads to good health!
We aren’t just talking dinners, either! Too many kids are going to school with their backpacks full of unnecessary sugars, hollow simple carbohydrates and, overall, excessively processed foods. Fueling a young body with these types of empty calories can damage their health in more ways than we might realize. We all know that processed foods and an overabundance of sugars can cause obesity but we also need to remember that it will affect a child’s energy levels, concentration, motivation and can have negative impacts on natural development. We all want the best for our children and this is not the route to achieving the best.
In addition, cooking at home with your family can be the most rewarding part of your week, as it’s a great activity to engage in with your kids! You come home after work, start some prepping with the kids. What happens next? They are choosing the foods they like and adding their own personal touch! Allowing them to contribute and offer input will not only get them interested in eating well, it will also boost their self-esteem to know they’re really helping! Another advantage to this is that the children have now told you what flavours they enjoy which will make deciding meals a bit easier in the future and ensures the children will clean their plates. Once the children have done their share with ingredient selection you can take over the more difficult tasks (i.e. using the stove or oven) while they set the table. Encourage them to set out condiments that they think they might enjoy with the meal.
One of the chief reasons to cook at home and have the children help out is because it actually makes them hungry. When we see and smell food we start to salivate. This is producing valuable digestive juices that tell our brain food is coming! Our bodies actually have a tougher time digesting food if we don’t prepare ourselves for it. This tip can be especially helpful with picky eaters!
This is also one of the reasons we tend to over eat. If we have not prepared ourselves to eat by salivating, our bodies don’t realize that we are eating until we are half way through the meal, so we tend to eat a lot more and digest a lot less.
Sure Chef, with it’s plans and recipes, can help you overcome the bad food habits and find a way to achieve a healthier routine! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on what’s new with Sure Chef and see our latest recipes, blogs and nutrition tips.
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