How often have you gone on a diet and eaten different food from the rest of the family?
With so many reports saying kids are obese nowadays, perhaps it’s time the whole family followed the same healthy-eating weight-loss program. You can adjust your meals according to the age and activity levels of your family to include everyone. There are so many tasty weight-loss recipes online that all the family can enjoy.
Healthy smoothies are a great way to start.
These smoothie recipes are so much fun they will help you help your kids – and their friends – choose healthy food over junk food. I’ve done it so I know it works, and surprised a few fussy eaters on the way. Plus the kids can make their own smoothies, with a little bit of help if necessary, which makes them taste even better, lol!
Serve a healthy smoothie as a complete, tasty and filling breakfast or serve a smaller one as part of a healthy breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal (or you can add the oats to your smoothies). Or as a snack, as the kids are always ‘starving’ when get home from school.
If you are helping an overweight child, then check out the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) website which provides excellent guidance through their We Can! program.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
There is also an EatPlayGrow curriculum for 2-5s. You’ll find all the details in the link at the end of the post.
… And while these smoothies have fun names, they are not just for kids!
If I want to use smoothies as part of my Healthy-Eating Weight-Loss Plan I know I need a simple formula – otherwise I just throw everything in and lose track of the calories in my glass.
That’s not compatible with losing weight – or even staying the same weight.
Combine that with Holiday eating and party foods and it’s a plan for disaster. (Note the ‘plan’ was missing from the ‘Holiday eating …’. If I’d only included a plan I might have been more successful!)
Anyway, back to the formula …
It’s an easy-to-remember, 4-ingredient smoothie formula from Katie at ChocolateCoveredKatie.
Please turn to the Next Page (click button below) for The Basic Smoothie Formula recipe …