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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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                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                Sight – Visual Stimulation

                The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                3. Take note of your environment.

                Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                4. Engage in conversation.

                Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                5. Listen to upbeat music.

                Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                6. Work your nose.

                Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                7. Have a good breakfast.

                Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                8. Drink lots of water.

                Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                10. Splash cold water on your face.

                Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                11. Use acupressure.

                Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                12. Get moving.

                Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

                Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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