Archive for June, 2011

Keep Food Healthy During the School Holidays

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The school holidays are fast approaching and they can be associated with a lack of routine which can mean that there are more opportunities to eat more food more often. Here are some tips to avoid over-indulging in fatty, sugary, salty and pre-packaged foods that can be tempting alternatives during the holidays.

  • Encourage your kids to maintain their school-eating schedule. This can help to stop grazing between meals. Try to stick to a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks.
  • When packing the swimming gear or getting ready for the walk to the park, throw in some fresh fruit and vegetables to help with the hunger pangs.
  • Encourage your kids to drink more water, rather than fizzy drinks.
  • Focus on more activity to help counteract any increased food intake.
  • Keep kids occupied as much as possible. Boredom can play a big part in snacking, overeating and drinking.
  • Help make mealtimes fun. Let your kids help to plan and prepare a meal.

Summer Berries

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Berries are some of the most healthy foods, and summer is the season of the berry. Besides being delicious, berries are low in fat and calories, but high in fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these not only contribute to overall health, but may even help prevent cancer and heart disease. They are more affordable in summer, being in season and thanks to the freezer, we can have the advantages of berries year-round.


Ideas for Serving Berries

Most berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are sweet enough to be served just as they are; however, here are some more ideas:

  • Add strawberry slices to a bowl of whole grain cereal
  • Sprinkle blueberries on a salad
  • Stir fresh raspberries into yoghurt
  • Combine frozen berries with bananas and low-fat milk to make a smoothie