Monday, August 13, 2012
You Feed Your Child What??
These are the parents that take their children to fast food restaurants on a pretty regular basis. Their children don't drink 100% juice or much water. They eat lots of processed foods and foods that don't have any nutrients at all. I understand that not everyone can afford to buy organic food, but most families with working parents can afford to buy real food and prepare real meals. I understand being tired at the end of the day from working and not having the energy to make a real meal. I know it's so much easier to pick up the phone and call someone else who will make the food and deliver it to your door. But when it comes to your child's health easier doesn't always mean better.
There is a reason childhood obesity is a huge problem in America right now. Actually, obesity in general is a huge problem in America. See fast food is cheaper, foods that are bad for you tend to be cheaper. America has been in a recession for quite awhile and so people are either out of work or their hours are getting cut back. Many people are making very little money and so they buy cheap food which is usually not very good food. I always wondered why canned foods and junk food was so much cheaper.....I know why it's cheaper, but I'm not going to get into it because it all comes back to politics and I really don't have the energy to get into that anymore.
Here's a great part about cooking and baking, you can get your children involved in it. Lincoln loves helping with making food. He likes to dump the cups full of ingredients into the mixer when I bake and he likes helping get together ingredients for when we cook dinner. He also really likes watching how meals are made. I think it's great to get your child involved in cooking. I remember pretending to cook when I was pretty young. I thought I was making salad one time, but really it was just some lettuce in a bowl full of salad dressing. I was just so eager to help out in making something for dinner and my parents knew that's what I was doing. From a young age I have enjoyed baking and cooking and I can see that Lincoln enjoys it very much as well.
So remember, easier is not always better and having your children help make a meal or watch how something is made is good for them and it's a lot of fun. I know you are tired and I know that we don't all have a ton of money, but lets try and do our best to feed our children healthier meals.
What are some of your favorite meals to make? Do your children like helping or watching?