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7 Super Delicious and Healthy Recipes For Kids

7 Super Delicious and Healthy Recipes For Kids

One of the hardest things about successfully changing your diet for the better is having to see other people fill their bodies with “food” that has little or no nutritional value. But while you may not feel it’s your place to try and change your friends’ eating habits, your children are your responsibility. Chances are that you want them to grow up to be as fit and healthy as possible.

But it’s not as simple as loading their plates up with vegetables. Kids tend to have very strong ideas about what they do and don’t like. Depending on their age, they’re generally not all that interested in making sure they get enough protein or vitamins or whatever it is Mum and Dad keep banging on about.

So it’s up to you to prepare healthy meals that look “normal” enough to tempt your kids and tasty enough to become a regular part of your family’s diet. To make life easier for you, we’ve scoured the web to find the most healthy recipes for kids out there. Enjoy!

1. Paleo Meatballs

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    Kids love meatballs but the shop-bought ones are often full of ingredients that just don’t need to be there. To be sure what exactly you’re feeding your kids, get your hands dirty, and cook up a batch together.

    2. Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin” by Nom Nom Paleo

      One way to persuade kids to eat food that’s good for them is to give them food that is familiar to them. This healthy “McMuffin” tastes just as good as the real thing but, by feeding your kids this option, you’ll know exactly what they’re getting.

      3. Loaded Turkey Stuffed-Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

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        Normal potatoes are pretty tasty but sweet potatoes are seriously tasty. Load them up with some protein (in this case, turkey), veggies, and spices, and your kids will soon be asking for seconds.

        4. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

          We can’t expect children to avoid sweet treats all the time and we don’t even need to. As long as the treats you give them contain whole, natural ingredients, and are part of a balanced and varied diet, there’s no reason for them to miss out. Your kids definitely won’t be missing out if you give them one of these cookies – chocolate AND bacon! What could be better?

          5. Surf and Turf Kabobs

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            All food is more exciting when you don’t have to use a knife and fork! Squeeze vegetables in between chunks of meat and, to keep your children on their toes, and in some pieces of fruit. This recipe’s great because you can tailor it to suit your kids. If there are only a few veggies they will eat, stick to those, but if they’re more adventurous, throw in some new ones.

            6. Quick ‘n’ Easy Fruit Dip

              If you struggle to get your children to eat their fruit, there are two ways you can use this dip. Either smuggle lots of fruits into it, or have them dip chunks of fruit into it. Either way, this dip is a cute and simple way to get more vitamins and nutrients into your kids’ mouths.

              7. Hulk Pancakes

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                You might not like your kids spending all their time in front of the TV, but sometimes their favorite characters can come in handy when it comes to getting them to try food they think they might not like. Hulk pancakes are made using natural ingredients like spinach, bananas, and eggs, but your kids will probably be too distracted by the color to care!

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Hawk via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                4. Feed Your Brain

                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                6. Write it Down

                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                7. Listen to Music

                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                8. Visual Concepts

                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                9. Teach Someone Else

                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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