Healthy & Easy Home Baked Vegetable Pizza

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10 minutes
  • 4 large (100% whole grain) tortillas (I love Ezekiel sprouted wheat) or pitas
  • 2 cups pasta sauce, no salt added or low sodium
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 10 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded nondairy mozzarella-type cheese * (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (for super crisp). Place tortillas or pitas on two baking sheets and warm for 5-10 minutes. Once tortilla has started to slightly crisp on edges, remove from oven.Spoon on the pasta sauce and place the garlic on the crust first. Sprinkle evenly with the mushrooms, onion and broccoli. Add a light sprinkle of cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

* Daiya brand is a good choice

How To Make Indian Vegetable Khichdi

This simple South Asian recipe is delicious, easy to cook and is easy to digest. This is a very good option if you want to cook something fast but do not have lot of options. The combination of herbs and spices will fill your kitchen with a wonderful fragrance, and reward your tongue with spiciness that isn’t overly hot.

Serves: 6 (makes 9 cups)

Ingredients

  • 3½ cups water
  • ¾ cup dry brown basmati rice
  • ¾ cup dry red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (10 ounces/2 cups chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato, diced into small cubes (8 ounces, about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 1 medium yam, diced into small cubes (8 ounces, about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 large ribs celery, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1¼ cup green peas (thaw first if frozen)
  • 4 cups roughly chopped curly kale (about 3 large leaves)

Instructions
1. In a large soup pot, stir together the water, rice, lentils, and spices (cumin, coriander, red pepper, turmeric, cardamom, clove). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes. While the rice and lentils are cooking, chop and prepare the remaining ingredients.
2. About 15 minutes before the rice and lentils are done cooking, place a large skillet or saucepan on high heat with 2 tablespoons of water. Once the water starts sizzling, add the chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes (adding water as needed to prevent sticking). Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for another 2 minutes, taking care not to burn the garlic, adding water as needed.
3. Add to the onions, garlic and ginger: 3 cups water, potatoes, yams, and celery, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook covered for 7 minutes. Stir in the peas and kale and cook an additional 3 minutes (still covered). (The potatoes should now be tender.)
4. Add the onion-potato mixture to the pot of rice and lentils and stir well. Serve immediately.

Note: Instead of potatoes and yams, you can use beans, cauliflowers or carrots and if you want to replace brown rice, try Quinoa or Oats.
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Nutrient Rich™ Superfoods Supports Athletes of All Ages and Skill Levels

Nutrient Rich Superfoods and Performance Lifestyle, Inc., leaders in natural food products and nutrition and lifestyle education, recently announced the launch of a new line of grab-and-go superfood blends.

With this launch, Nutrient Rich Superfoods is expanding its company—and its leadership in the emerging superfood revolution—by setting a high bar for premium, nutrient-dense snack foods. Now the whole family can enjoy nutritional snacks on the go as part of a healthy, performance lifestyle promoting higher levels of achievement.

In conjunction with the launch of our premier line of Superfood Infusions, Nutrient Rich Superfoods is sponsoring the Essex Fall Tune-Up Soccer Tournament, a 3-day youth soccer event co-sponsored by the Livingston and West Orange soccer clubs. The Essex Fall Tune-Up promotes healthy living and enhanced athletic performance by giving youth soccer teams the opportunity to play competitive games prior to the start of their regular season.  The tournament attracts approximately 165 teams from throughout the state of New Jersey, and games are played at various field locations in the two neighboring towns.

Essex Fall Tune-up Soccer Tournament

Why We Sponsor Youth Soccer

Nutrient Rich Superfoods Founder John Allen Mollenhauer (John Allen or “JAM) developed an appreciation of soccer through years of supporting his sister Audra Arestivos’ soccer family. He watched as his nieces and nephew refined their skills and advanced through progressively more challenging leagues, a path that ultimately led to full ride soccer scholarships at top schools for all three children.

Through this personal connection to the sport of soccer and the Essex Fall Tune-Up in particular, it is with great excitement that John Allen chose to have Nutrient Rich sponsor the soccer tournament. In a broader sense, he is proud to support young people as they learn how to fuel their bodies for sports and life.

“In today’s fast-paced world, it’s increasingly important to learn how to function and perform at your best. High performance starts with a nutrient-rich diet.”

The Power of Convenience

Traditional youth fundraising often centers on popular junk foods like candy, sugar water, and soda. This trend makes a certain amount of sense because junk food is cheap to buy, easy to store and transport, and profitable to sell. So kids get caught up in the junk food cycle, and it sells them short. At Nutrient Rich Superfoods, we want parents to know that it doesn’t need to be that way. Health, natural, taste-driven products are now available in convenient formats that both kids and adults love.

“Supposed convenience is no reason to eat poorly. Student-athletes, as well as any kid on the go, can eat healthy food products that hit every attribute of what kids like about food—great taste, convenient, and nutritious.”

This is what Nutrient Rich Superfoods is all about. We make great-tasting products that fit your lifestyle, not only in terms of the quality of the food, but in the way you can consume them.

In 2015, there is no reason why any child or adult should be locked into a junk food diet when there are plenty of tasty natural food products that don’t have the downsides of junk food. Good for you is in this season, so why not make the switch?

* Photo credit: www.eftt.net. All rights reserved.

Black Bean Mango Salad

This refreshing and colorful bean salad is loaded with mango, black beans, corn, and red pepper prefect for summer brunch. The flavors are simple, yet the combination is quite tasty.

Serves 3

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Black Bean Mango Salad

 

Ingredients

1 mango, peeled, pitted and cubed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed, or fresh corn off the cob

3 cups cooked black beans or 2 (15-ounce) cans no – or low-salt black beans drained and rinsed

3 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

dash chili powder

9 cups chopped romaine lettuce

 

Instructions

If using fresh corn, water saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Mix all the ingredients except the lettuce in a bowl. Let stand for at least 15 minutes. Serve on top of the lettuce.

Note: The vegetable mixture without the mango can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Add the mango and a splash of lime juice just before serving. Throw in handful sunflower seeds if you like a little crunch.

 

 

 

Chinese Apricot Stir-fry

Lately I’ve been going crazy for Asian style food. I’ve always been a big fan of stir-fry meals, they are quick and simple to prepare and you can create your own nutrient rich version that tastes just as delicious as in the restaurants but so much healthier!

Chinese Apricot Stir-fry

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Ingredients:

2 Whole Blocks of Extra Firm Tofu, cubed into bite sized pieces

2-3 Packages of Frozen Mixed Vegetables

1 lb baby bok choy, stems thinly sliced and leaves coarsely chopped (divided) (could add more)

4 tsp Apricot Preserve (100% fruit, no sugar added)

1 tsp Garlic Powder

4 Tbls Cooking Wine

6 Tbls Water

2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest

1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/2 tsp Chinese Seasoning, salt free

 

Instructions:

Instructions Adding 2 tbsp. of water in a pan and add the tofu. Put on a medium heat and once the pan is hot, lower the heat. Turn the tofu frequently at first to prevent sticking. Eventually, the water from the tofu will be released and it won’t have to be turned so frequently. Stir in baby bok choy stems and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly cooked.

In a cup, mix the apricot preserves, Dr. Fuhrman VegiZest, cooking wine, 2 tbsp. water and the Braggs Aminos. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the tofu and continue to simmer. Defrost the frozen vegetables in a microwave or steam on stove top. Once defrosted, add vegetables to the tofu. Sprinkle the remaining sauce over tofu-vegetable mix and add the Chinese seasoning. Continue to simmer until the liquid is largely cooked off.

Cashew Creamed Kale

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There’s a reason why sweet, earthy kale is the most popular of the greens these days: it’s delicious, versatile, and incredibly nutritious. For a green, kale is unusually high in fiber. This helps create the bulk you need to fill you up and to keep you full for a good amount of time. Kale is also an excellent source of nutrients, especially vitamin A and calcium. With a combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, kale is a dieter’s dream food.

Though greens in general are nutritious foods, kale stands a head above the rest. Not only is it one of your best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed by many nutrition experts to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases, it also provides other important nutrients.

In addition to beta-carotene, kale possess other important carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids help keep UV rays from damaging the eyes and causing cataracts.

According to recent research results, kale is an incredible source of well-absorbed calcium, which is one of the many factors that may help prevent osteoporosis. It also provides decent amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium.

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Cashew Creamed Kale happens to be one of my favorite ever kale recipe, in case you are interested in experimenting.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 medium sized shallots, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bunches kale, leaves removed from tough stems and chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons onion flakes or onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest (or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste)
Instructions:
  1. Place kale in a large steamer pot. Steam 10-13 minutes until soft.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon water in a pan over medium high heat. Cook the shallots for around 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they being to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.
  3. Then, add all ingredients (minus the kale) in a high-powered blender like vitamix and blend until smooth. Once the kale is cooked, place it in colander and press it and remove any excess water. In a bowl, coarsely chop and mix kale with the cream sauce.

 

5 Key Nutrients Every Woman Must Take

 

Here are 5 key nutrients that may help protect women from heart disease, as well as lower the risk of other chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, breast cancer and high blood pressure.

1. FOLATE

Folate is a member of the B vitamin family and is found naturally in foods, especially green vegetables. Folate is involved with DNA synthesis and DNA methylation, which essentially turns genes on and off. Because of these crucial functions, folate plays important roles in fetal development and nerve tissue health as well as cancer initiation and progression.multivitamins

No we are not talking about Folic acid.

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is added to food or used as an ingredient in vitamin supplements. Folic acid is added to most enriched, refined grain products like bread, rice and pasta in the U.S. and Canada in an attempt to replace the nutrients lost during the processing of the whole grain. Since folic acid is added to so many refined grain products, it is very easy for a typical diet combined with a multivitamin to end up with high levels of folic acid, the synthetic form. Too much folate obtained naturally from food is not a concern. It comes naturally packaged in balance with other micronutrients and the body regulates its absorption. Folic acid is not found in natural foods.

Women who take supplemental folic acid increase their breast cancer risk by 20-30%, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers collected data on women’s folic acid intake from multivitamins over a 10-year period – they found that the women who took multivitamins containing folic acid were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those that did not.

Folate is abundant in all green vegetables. We do not need synthetic folic acid supplements to meet our daily folate requirements.

Here are a few examples of folate-rich foods (as a reference point, the U.S. RDA for folate is 400µg)

  1.  Edamame (1 cup cooked) – 482 µg
  2. Broccoli (2 cups cooked) – 337 µg
  3. Asparagus (1 cup cooked) – 268 µg
  4. Romaine lettuce (3 cups raw) – 192 µg
  5. Brussels sprouts (2 cups cooked) – 187 µg
  6. Spinach (3 cups raw) – 175 µg

 

Orange Creamsicle Blended Salad

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Serves: 2

Folate per serving: 314 mcg

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Blood Orange Vinegar
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 6 ounces romaine lettuce
  • 6 ounces spinach
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 whole raw cashews
  • 4-5 ice cubes
Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Note: In addition to the increased risk of later life breast cancer in women, folic acid supplementation during pregnancy is associated with respiratory tract infections, asthma, and cardiac birth defects in children. 35-38. Folic acid is not folate and does not deliver the cornucopia of nutrients that folate-rich foods do. All women must be aware that they may be endangering their health or the health of their unborn children if they choose to use conventional, prenatal multivitamins containing synthetic folic acid rather than eating a healthful diet rich in natural folate.

 

2. VITAMIN D

It is estimated that over 25 million adults in the United States have, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis. Adequate storage levels of vitamin D help keep bones strong and help prevent osteoporosis in older adults. Vitamin D deficiency results in diminished calcium absorption, and has been linked to a higher incidence of osteoporosis-related bone fractures seen in post-menopausal women and older Americans.

 It is extremely important for individuals with limited sun exposure to ingest supplemental vitamin D.

Vitamin D is more effective than calcium for protecting and building bone.  Most people do not have adequate levels of vitamin D. Often a multi-vitamin containing the RDA for D is simply not sufficient to bring blood levels up to the ideal range, especially as we age.

Vitamin D regulates several genes and cellular processes related to cancer progression.  Some of the most groundbreaking findings in nutrition science in recent years have been evidence of the powerful protection provided by vitamin D against common cancers:

  • Breast cancer: About 75% of women with breast cancer are vitamin D deficient.4 A 2009 meta-analysis of 19 studies established a strong inverse relationship between circulating vitamin D levels and breast cancer – women in the highest vitamin D range reduced their risk of breast cancer by 45%.
  • Colorectal cancer: A 2009 review of 25 studies found that sufficient vitamin D levels were consistently associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer.6 Even after diagnosis with colorectal cancer, higher vitamin D levels are associated with reduced mortality.
  • Cancers of the prostate, pancreas, lung, and endometrium are also associated with vitamin D insufficiency.
3. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is required for important biological functions like red blood cell production, nervous system function, and DNA synthesis. Deficiency in B12 can cause a variety of problems including anemia, depression, confusion, fatigue, digestive issues, and nerve damage. Researchers looked at nearly 73,000 postmenopausal women who participated in the nine-year Women’s Health Initiative study. Among the women in the study, 5.5 percent were anemic. The researchers found that women with anemia tend to consume less protein, folate (also called vitamin B9), iron, vitamin C and vitamin B12.

Low levels of vitamin B12 tend to occur in women as they age. Older adults may not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomach to absorb the vitamin .Women who don’t get enough of B12 can experience fatigue, weight loss, poor memory, dementia and depression.

A health-promoting diet is the most effective way to maintain excellent health and protect against chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But in order to enjoy the strongest protection possible, it is just as important to prevent deficiencies of certain nutrients that may be sub-optimal in an overall health-promoting diet, such as vitamin B12, zinc, DHA, iodine, and vitamin D, by taking the necessary supplements.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA and EPA)

DHA is important for pregnant and nursing women. DHA is one of the crucial building blocks of human brain tissue. Omega-3 fatty acids are structural components of cell membranes — DHA specifically accumulates in the cell membranes of the retina, brain, and nervous system. Adequate levels of DHA throughout life are important for vision and learning.

Health benefits associated with long chain omega-3 fatty acids:

  • DHA is a structural component of the brain at all ages*
  • DHA is crucial for fetal and childhood neurological and visual development*
  • EPA and DHA may promote healthy cognitive function, memory, and mood*
  • EPA and DHA may help to maintain proper regulation of the inflammatory response*
  • EPA and DHA may help to maintain normal lipid levels and cardiovascular health*
  • Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
5. CALCIUM

Osteoporosis is clearly a major problem in our modern world.  For example, a woman’s chance of having an osteoporosis-related fracture today is 10 times greater than being diagnosed with breast cancer and 5 times more likely than having a heart attack.  If you plan on living to at least 85, your chance of having a hip fracture is about 30 percent. So if you are a woman and not already thinking about protecting your bones, you need to start now!

The Best Food for Bones: Fruits and Vegetables

Millions of women have been falsely led to believe that there is a correlation between osteoporosis and the inadequate intake of dairy foods.  Bone health is much more than just calcium. Vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts are rich sources of calcium, potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, and vegetable protein, as well as the phytochemicals and micronutrients that are gaining recognition to be important for bone strength. Calcium is an important component, but like protein, we don’t need as much of it as most people think. The current U.S. daily calcium recommendation of 1200 to 1500 milligrams for postmenopausal women is an attempt to offset the ill-effects of the Standard American Diet which creates excessive calcium loss in the urine because most people consume so much sodium, caffeine and animal protein.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need dairy products to get sufficient calcium. Every natural food contains calcium. When you eat a healthy diet, rich in natural foods such as vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds, it is impossible not to obtain sufficient calcium. In fact, the addition of more natural plant foods to the diet has been shown to have a powerful effect on increasing bone density and bone health.  Fruits and vegetables strengthen bones.  Researchers found that those who eat the most fruits and vegetables have denser bones. These researchers concluded that fruits and vegetables are not only rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients essential for bone health, but, because they are alkaline, not acid-producing, they do not induce urinary calcium loss. Green vegetables, in particular have a powerful effect on reducing hip fractures, for they are not only rich in calcium, but other nutrients as well, such a vitamin K, which is crucial for bone health.

 

Our Recommendation for You

Women

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Post-Menopausal or Perimenopausal

General Recommendations:

Women’s Daily Formula +D3 (vegan): 2 capsules daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

 

Premenopausal*

General Recommendations:

Women’s Daily Formula +D3 (vegan): 1 capsule daily

Gentle Prenatal: 1 capsule daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

 

Pregnant, Planning to be Pregnant or Breastfeeding

General Recommendations:

Gentle Prenatal: 2 capsules daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

Need Children’s Multivitamin and Mineral That’s Safe:

Children don’t always eat well-balanced meals, but Dr. Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites provide insurance that they get the vital nutrients they need plus extra phytochemical and antioxidant protection. Dr. Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites are a great-tasting, high quality, whole food-based, complete children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement. Pixie Vites have a kid-friendly wild berry taste with no added sugar, artificial sweeteners or colors, or preservatives. In addition to essential vitamins and minerals, a blend of 30 fruit and vegetable extracts provide great taste and natural phytochemicals.

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When Star Athletes Promote Junk Food.

 

When Michele Obama had signed on Beyoncé and Shaquille O’Neal for Let’s Move! campaign, it managed to raise few eyebrows in the world of nutritional research and pediatrics, as they both endorse sodas, which are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Now there’s more evidence of how powerful a celebrity — especially a professional athlete — can be in influencing children’s behavior.shak o niel drinks

In a report published by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in the journal Pediatrics, researchers studied 100 professional athletes and their endorsement contracts, using BusinessWeek’s 2010 Power 100 report, which ranks athletes based on their endorsement value and prominence in their given sport. The team focused on athletes since they are theoretically the best role models for active, healthy lifestyles for children. After sorting the deals by category, they determined that among the 512 brands associated with the athletes, most involved sporting goods, followed closely by food and beverage brands.

Best endorsers for worst foods

Of the 512 brand endorsements, 122 were for food and beverage, and these made up about 24 percent of all the deals. LeBron James (Sprite, Vitaminwater, McDonald’s, Powerade), Peyton Manning (Gatorade, Wheaties, Pepsi), Eli Manning (Papa Jones, Dunkin Doughts) and Serena Williams (Oreo, Gatorade, Nabisco) had more food and beverage endorsements than any other athlete.

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Sports drinks topped the list of food and drink deals, followed by soft drinks and by fast food. And here’s the nutritional profile of athlete endorsed food: About 80 percent of the foods were energy-dense and nutrient-poor, and 93 percent of the beverages were sugar water, receiving 100 percent of their calories from added sugar.

Football star Manning reportedly earns $10 million a year from contracts with Papa John’s Pizza, Gatorade, Wheaties and other companies that do not sell food, the researchers said based on the report published. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant earned an estimated $12 million a year from his endorsement contract with McDonald’s, they said. James, also a basketball star, was reported to receive $5 million to endorse Bubblicious Gum; one flavor was called LeBron’s Lightning Lemonade.

Such money suggests “how much food and beverage companies value associations with celebrity athletes,” the researchers wrote.

 

Why is there a striking irony of having someone so physically fit as these athletes promoting such unhealthy foods?

Why is it when it comes to their personal health, they eat and live healthy lifestyle but for the right price these role models of health and fitness will recommend and influence our kids to eat junk nutrient poor foods?

Marketing junk leads to eating lots of junk. Junk endorsed by sport idols — the very picture of health and fitness — removes barriers of judgment, and leads to eating even more junk. And the most talented star athletes are promoting the worst foods.

Our kids don’t realize that in real world, eating fast food and drinking sugary drinks leads to obesity and disease, not to winning Super Bowls and Grand Slams. An athlete’s endorsements associated with foods and drink’s is supposed to be healthy and is supported with fitness and vigor.

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We urge athletes to become aware of the nutritional worth of these products before endorsing them and to stop promoting nutrient poor foods that create confusing mixed message especially for kids.

Although junk food and cigarettes are not the same, the Pediatrics article reminds us that Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig appeared in tobacco ads, and it was only public pressure that did away such practices. Until such pressure is applied to junk food, we’ll continue to see the world’s premiere sports competitions like the Olympics brought to us by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, and the athletes our kids admire suggesting to them that junk food makes you strong.

 

Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy at Home – 3 Proven Tips

Focused on getting your kids to eat healthy at home? Just as expected, getting your kids to eat healthy at home, all comes down to marketing.

Yes, you need to put your familial marketer hat on!

McDonald’s and every other fast food chain in America have it down pat. What the kids see on television and in the movies they want on their food. The latest findings from NutritionFacts are revealing, though not entirely surprising, when you review the research they put forward. It makes complete sense.

Click the video to play, from our nutritional research partner NutritionFacts.

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The moral of the story, as we see it is this.

Thousands of hours go into marketing man-made products to appeal to all the senses. Billions of dollars are spent on marketing fast foods, vs only millions a year in the US on promoting fruits and vegetables.

  • The food and beverage industry spends approximately $2 billion per year marketing to children. 1
  • The fast food industry spends more than $5 million every day marketing unhealthy foods to children. 1
  • Kids watch an average of over ten food-related ads every day (nearly 4,000/year). 2
  • Ad spending for interactive video games is projected to reach $1 billion by 2014, with six million 3-11 year olds visiting some form of virtual game online each month.3
  • Nearly all (98 percent) of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium. Most (79 percent) are low in fiber. 4

Unhealthy and Unregulated.

Here is a good PDF on the Subject by the American Heart Association. It states that food advertising to children is unhealthy and unregulated.

Marketing is what makes the difference; what does not seem part of popular culture tends to fall into the background, and that means produce consumption. Of course, it’s not addicting like a junk food diet and if the parents are hooked on a junk food diet, so will the kids. Parental influence is probably the biggest factor in the way kids eat.

So, we parents need to market our foods to our children in subtle ways every day.

Here are 3 Proven Tips for getting your kids to eat healthy at home. 

  1. Change the color of your foods by adding fruit and vegetable powders to your kids foods to make them fun. Fussy eaters, need food to be fun. That’s what marketers do, and so do you!  Check out Super Sprouts. They will ship these products from down under, in Australia!
  2. Cut up your vegetables and fruits into shapes your kids will love, like stars
  3. Serve them associated with brands they know like Barney, or their latest video game. You can come up with all kinds of creative ways to do this, from putting a stuffed animal next to the food you are serving, or tie the consumption of a meal with something fun. It’s all about association and the science of marketing!