Raising Happy, Healthy Kids: Tony Littles Best Kept Nutrition Tips for Parents (Plus His Favorite Meatloaf Recipe)Brooke McLay
You’ll likely know Tony Little as I did: as a long-haired fitness buff who worked his groove thing on T.V, selling The Gazelle fitness machine in his infamous, energetic style. What you may now know, however, is that Tony Little is also a devoted dad, with a commitment to his family. He has two grown children and he as wife, Melissa Hall welcomed twins Cody and Chase into their family earlier this year.
As Tony has found his way through the ups and down’s of parenting, he’s developed a simple philosophy on which he thrives. It’s a philosophy which has also allowed his children thrive: Be a good example, but don’t be pushy. Sound too simplistic to be realistic? Think again. Tony’s gentle technique to raising successful, healthy children is one philosophy worth listening to. Here’s how he implements it in his everyday life.
Teach Your Children Well. Kids don’t need a lot of goverment programs and high-falutin’ laws to keep them healthy. They just need to learn how to eat right everyday by watching their parents model good food habits. “When it comes to child obesity, I’m a simple thinking guy. Up to a certain age, where the child eats at home, it’s up the parents to help them develops the right eating habits.”
Don’t Be Too Strict. Our society places such an emphasis on “being skinny” and “eating right” that food often becomes a battle, rather than a daily opportunity to be filled. Says Tony, “I have a simple philosophy: 5 days a week, your body’s a temple. 2 days a week it’s an amusement center. Didn’t want to be so strict at Disneyland they couldn’t enjoy what I had as a childn. Didn’t want to push extremeisn onto the children.
Eat Right. After years of being one of America’s most recognizable fitness guru’s, Tony began his own company Body by Bison, which markets top-quality bison products to home consumers. “I’ve been eating bison for over 20 years. I got tired of chicken and bison is no RGB, no stimulants, grass fed, no chemicals, high omega 3s, it’s high protein, low calorie, low fat, no gamey taste. It’s a clean red meat, no saturated fat. Superfood protein. I tell my kids…You are what you eat. You don’t want to look like a cow. You don’t want to look like a chicken. But, bison? Now, there’s a beast.”
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons ketchup, divided
2 teaspoons mustard
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
½ cup rolled oats, flash processed
2 pounds ground bison
Makes 8 servings
1. In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add onions to pan and cook for 3 minutes.
3. Remove pan from heat, add garlic and stir to incorporate; set aside.
4. In a bowl, combine egg, Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons ketchup, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper; mix well.
5. Add rolled oats and onion mixture to the bowl; mix well.
6. Add ground bison to the bowl; mix well and transfer bison mixture to an oiled loaf pan.
7. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
8. Turn oven to broil, top meat loaf with remaining ketchup and broil for an additional 10 minutes.
9. Let meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Tony’s Tip: Leftovers make a great cold sandwich.
Save 230 calories and 22 grams fat
Body By Bison owner, Tony Little, is known for his success in the fitness world, where he has marketed a number of new ways to get off the couch and get back in shape. His current accolades include 14 Platinum Video Awards, 9 Gold Video Awards, Record-Breaking infomercials throughout eighty-one countries. More than 40,000,000 people worldwide have benefited from his exercise programs. Without a doubt, Tony knows the formula for success. His life has been a painful one at times, but his attitude on overcoming obstacles is simple, “Conceive, Believe and Achieve”