The old saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and while eating this piece of fruit on a daily basis might not ever stop you from visiting your GP, there is some truth that certain foods can aid our bodies and affect our moods.
Did you know, for example, that you can give your children mood boosting snacks which are helpful for anyone who suffers with car sickness? This informative article lists some delicious snack ideas , which are all mood boosting suggestions aimed at preventing motion sickness, nerves or even moodiness in the car, and these foods can have a soothing effect on your young passengers. I don’t know about your children, but my youngest often feels a little car sick when travelling around the Devon country lanes in with we live, especially on a hot day. Asides from maybe suggesting he winds down the window to get a little fresh air, sometimes letting him have a snack can actually relieve the symptons of nausea. Snacks such as an apple or a banana can help to calm a restless tummy and can prevent sickness on car journeys, and I often carry these with me when we are off out for the day to give to my children.
So there you go, an apple a day may keep car sickness at bay!
As adults we want to ensure we eat well and pack in as many healthy foods as possible. However, when it comes to getting our children to eat the right kinds of food, well this, for me at least, can be very tricky. When my two boys were weaning, it was sooooo easy to get them to eat lots of fruit and veggies, blended into purees I was able to get them to eat them no problem. Yes it was messy, but they did not complain or refuse to try them or eat them, unlike now. My main way to encourage them is to bribe them, but if I want to make sure that my children are eating all the right nutrients and food groups, then my best plan is to hide them within the meals I make.
Here are some ideas for getting your children to eat nutritious food if they are fussy eaters like mine.
Fish is so good for children, it is full of omega 3 and healthy fish oils, all of which helps improve brain function, glowing skin and healthy nails and can actual assist with anxiety and nerves. Obviously, fish fingers are one way of getting your children to0 eat fish (something which my boys love), but I like to make homemade fish cakes because as well as making them from salmon, cod or mackerel, I can also add some hidden veg inside, as well as on the side. these Salmon, Spinach & Feta Cheese Fishcakes are packed full of goodness for kids.
As long as your child does not have a nut allergy, then peanut butter is a great source of energy and protein and can even help with nausea. I often make bakes with peanut butter in place of regular butter, and if I can combine it with a veggie or fruit as well then even better from a healthy eating point of view. This parsnip (which themselves contain potassium which can help reduce blood pressure) and peanut butter loaf cake would be a perfect snack for children.
Bananas are a great way of aiding digestive problems and combined in muffins, cakes or flapjacks is a brilliant way of getting some extra goodness into your children’s diets. . Check out these Sugar & Dairy Free Date Nectar and Banana Cakes .
These are just a few ways that I get some health boosting foods into my children.