I’m a mom, and mom’s are busy. We try to stay on top of our kids nutritional needs, but it can be hard to find the time to read up on all the latest findings about what will keep our kids in optimum health. That’s why I was so thankful recently to chat with “The Down To Earth” Doctor–Dr. Tom Potisk–who has extensively studied natural health and nutrition. Here, he offers his five simplest tips on encouraging healthy habits in children, as well as a recipe for Healing Trail Mix, specially designed to support the nutrional needs of children.
Dr. Tom’s Top 5 Healthy Snacking Tips for Kids
1) Keep the junk food out of the house. Kids will find it even if hidden.
2) Buy quality snacks like dried fruit, nuts, cheese, or make your own like The Healing Trail Mix For Kids
3) Keep control by doling out the portion size vs handing a child the container.
4) Lay on a condition with any treat or snack like “We can eat this now, but only if we take a bike ride later.”
5) No snacks allowed unless they are eating regular wholesome meals.
The Healing Trail Mix for Kids
Why is it healing? Healing demands specific nutrients for cellular rebuilding, stronger immunity, and optimum organ function. The ingredients in this trail mix specifically address the nutritional needs of children. For example, the raisins, dates and carob are high in fiber and anti-oxidants, the walnuts contain essential oils, the soy nuts are known to be a great protein source, and the sea salt is a healthier alternative than conventional salt because sea salt contains many minerals. The carob is a great alternative to chocolate and it’s high sugar content. This recipe is a wonderful balance of fiber, healthy carbs, protein, and healthy fats. It’s also low glycemic and gluten free. And the taste? Fantastic! Kids love it!
1 cup raisins
1 cup unsalted walnuts
1 cup roasted unsalted soy nuts
1 cup carob chips
½ cup chopped dried dates
1 /2 teaspoon sea salt
Mix thoroughly. Snack generously.
One of the best pieces of parenting advice I ever heard came from one of my patients. She said “Be your kid’s parent first, friend second.” This means using tough love to their benefit. Parents have a responsibility to stand firm on issues like healthy eating, even if the kids don’t like it.
One of America’s top natural health care practitioners, Dr Tom Potisk is a leader in his field. He was elected Chiropractor of the Year, and is called “The Down to Earth Doctor” by his patients. For the general public, Dr Potisk offers the book: Whole Health Healing The Budget Friendly Natural wellness Bible for All Ages. For more information, please visit The Down To Earth Doctor.