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5 Tips for Healthy Family Eating

December 22, 2012

School is out for much of the country and the lazy days of summer are  upon us, and it’s easy for families to relax their routine a bit, and often that results in kids getting out of the habit of healthy eating.

The American Dietetic Association wants to help your entire family stay on track and has launched its Kids Eat Right campaign.  Here are 4 top tips from Kids Eat Right to make healthy family eating easy this summer, and we’ve added a tip of our own to round the list to 5:

1. Take your children shopping with you, and let them pick out the healthy foods they enjoy, especially fresh fruits and vegetables that are so plentiful during summer months.

2. Make healthy eating fun by planning a trip around the world. Designate one night a week as “World Night,” and prepare a meal from another country. Many cultures feature healthy foods in their ethnic cooking.

For example: Italy has gnocchi which are dumplings made with vegetables such as spinach mixed in;  Greece has Tzatziki sauce, made with creamy yogurt, garlic and cucumber, perfect for pita sandwiches or a veggi dip; and Mexico has gazpacho, a cold tomato-based raw vegetable soup, delicious and especially refreshing on a hot day.

3.  Invite kids to help in the kitchen when preparing meals, letting the older kids chop and cook foods and the younger kids mix ingredients and set the table.

4.  Sit down as a family and eat together. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating together as a family during adolescence is associated with lasting positive effects on nutritional quality in young adulthood.

5. And we’ll add to this list our tip – when the kids want to snack, give them a healthy chocolate snack – Mayesa drinks. Mayesa is made from organic cacao, and so is chocked full of cacao’s healthy qualities including antioxidants, omega 3s, and minerals such as iron and magnesium.

In addition, Mayesa energizes, replenishes, and even suppresses hunger leading to less nibbling on unhealthy foods.  Do your kids a favor this summer – keep them on track with healthy chocolate Mayesa.

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