Calling all Grandparents..
a visit from your grandchildren does not have to mean hours of sugary treats!
Don’t worry; the other grandparents on the block won’t judge you if you switch it up to some healthy options. Adult’s dietary habits are greatly affected by what they ate as a child. Children commonly view spending time with their grandparents as a time to let loose and eat whatever they like, but how does this really benefit those chubby cheeks long term?
It’s a great feeling to enjoy your favorite treat grandma always has ready and waiting. I think everybody can relate to that. No need to take those memories away, but why not decrease the portions or save it for truly special occasions so it is a real treat and not always so expected?
Promote a lifestyle filled with whole foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy and lean protein. A whole food is a food that is in its natural state: high in nutrients, like fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and natural sugar.
Some yummy examples: peaches, pears, apples, collard greens, turnips, dried beans, brown rice, turkey, chicken, fish, milk, nuts.
Avoid or rarely have processed foods. These foods have been altered from their natural state and are usually low in nutrients but high in saturated fat, added sugar and salt. For example: chips, French fries, candy, fried foods and pre-packaged prepared meals.
In a time when childhood obesity rates are higher than ever, it is extremely important that the whole family engage in healthy practices…even at grandma’s house! Part of this healthy journey starts with you. This is a great opportunity to take some time to think about what we are feeding our children and ourselves. After all we are feeding the future!
Try this tasty calcium & protein-filled snack next time the kids are over. It’s simple and packs all the nutritional punch.
Banana Blueberry Parfait
2 cups diced blueberries
2 cups diced medium bananas
1 quart low fat/ fat free vanilla yogurt
1 cup granola
Layer the ingredients in a clear cup or bowl.
You can make the layers as thick or thin as you like and use any of your favorite fruits. Set up a whole parfait bar with different fruits for the kids to select from. This is an easy recipe the whole family can make and enjoy together for breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
Note: To choose a healthy granola cereal, look for one that has five or less grams of sugar and that’s low fat or fat free. Watch out for brands that are high in calories.
*This article was written by Shanon Morris, MS, RD, CDN/Registered Dietitian