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Creating Healthy Winners With Complete Nutrition

 

Parents want the finest for their children. Apart from their unconditional love, parents try their very best to provide children with all their needs, including proper nutrition. After all, we want our children to be healthy winners.

 

From the food our tots eat to their daily activities and sleeping habits, nutrition plays a key role in their proper development. Here's everything you need to know about complete nutrition to help your child become the healthy winner he/she can be.

 

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What Do I Need To Know About Nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of giving or receiving food the body needs to grow and be healthy. Good nutrition is the combination of healthful nutrients. To further define nutrients, these are essential substances from food that are needed for growth and maintenance of the body. There are several types of nutrients that each individual needs for the proper function of their body and to be healthy. Too less or too much is not good, so it’s better to portion the foods for a balanced diet. Here are some of the most important nutrients:

 

CARBOHYDRATES

Kids need high energy food to keep him/her up and running without the crash. Each part of our body needs energy to function. So stack on those good carbohydrates that can easily be found in potatoes, yams, beans, nuts, corns, brown rice, cereals, milk, oats, and whole wheat. Added bonus: Good carb is also known to have high fiber that can assist in bowel health.

 

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PROTEIN

For your child to grow strong and tall, let the proteins do their job to construct, repair, and maintain body tissues. Your child’s developing muscles, hair, skin, and eyes need protein. This nutrient is also responsible for your child’s ability to withstand infection, as they build antibodies that counter such maladies.

Serve high protein foods to your child such as fish and seafood, nuts, eggs, lean meat, beans, poultry, tofu, and spinach.

 

FAT

Not all fats are bad. Good fat is also known as monosaturated fat. So for your child to have a well-balanced diet, he needs to have some of those good fats too. Fats improve metabolism, balance hormones, and aid in the development of cells especially the brain (as it is amazingly composed of mainly cholesterol and fat!). Make sure to get those healthy Omega-3 fats for brain function and development. Unbelievably, good fats are also known to help lose weight for children who are obese.

Get these fats by using olive oil with your child’s favorite meal, make healthy avocado ice-cream, and offer macadamia nuts and cheeses for snacks.

 

MICRONUTRIENTS

Micronutrients are mostly found in vegetables and fruits and have different functions to complete your child's nutrition. Some of the examples of micronutrients your child needs are: Vitamins A, B, C, D, E (from leafy greens, dark colored fruits, citrus fruits, dairy products, nuts, tofu, and healthy sun exposure); Iron (from meat, beans, and dark leafy vegetables); Magnesium (from dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, and beans); Calcium (from dairy products and leafy greens) and Zinc (from pumpkin seeds, garlic, and chickpeas).

 

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How Do I Give my Child Complete Nutrition?

Ideally, your child should eat a healthy and balanced diet (three meals and two to three snacks), sleep and nap for an average of 10 hours a day, and enjoy lots of physical and mental play.

 

Being the responsible and loving parent that you are, you would want to ensure your child gets optimum nutrition. Here, the roles of food supplements – such as Nutrilin - come in to complete your child’s daily nutrient needs. Nutrilin has all the essential nutrients to cover your child’s health requirements and help him be the best he can be.

 

 

Give the right foods, top up with a supplement like Nutrilin, create a secure environment that encourages sleep when needed, and offer lots of enriching activities. All these will help you create your healthy winners.

Being Your Child’s Tutor

 

Thinking of becoming your child’s tutor? These days, many parents are opting to tutor their kids instead of hiring a professional. Hiring a tutor can be expensive and, when you have your child’s best interests at heart, it’s only natural for you to want to tutor them yourself. After all, you know them better than anyone else. But where to start? Here are some tips that can help you become the most effective tutor you can be for your child.

 

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1. Find out your child’s learning style before you begin tutoring him/her. Is your child a visual learner or more inclined towards tactile learning? What may work with one child might not be the same for another. The four different learning styles are visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. Identify your child’s learning style and adapt to what works best for him/her.

Here are some ways you can identify what type of learning style is best for your child:

A. VISUAL - The visual child learns through seeing and observing. He/she has an active imagination and usually thinks in pictures. Too much stimulation in a classroom can be distracting for them. 

B. AUDITORY - The auditory child learns through listening. He/she loves participating in discussions and hashing things out through conversation.

C. TACTILE - The tactile child learns through touch. They prefer to work on projects that allow them to use their hands. He/she is very much into drawing and doodling.

D. KINESTHETIC - The kinesthetic child learns through moving and prefers a hands-on approach rather than a passive one. He/she likes exploring the physical world and may prefer not to sit still.

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2. Set a meeting with his/her teacher(s). Before you start tutoring your child, take the time to meet with his/her teacher(s). Use this time to learn about your child’s performance in school and which areas you can help him/her with. You’ll want to make sure your goals and methods align with his/her teachers. Aim, not only to meet the school’s criteria, but to go beyond them.

 

3. Build character. At school, a lot of the time spent in classrooms is spent trying to get kids to pay attention or is spent managing their behavior. By building your child’s character from the get-go, and instilling in them virtues of discipline and perseverance during your tutoring sessions, they won’t need to be forced to study or do their homework - the drive will come from themselves. You won’t only be helping with his/her studies but also cultivating an environment where he/she can develop emotionally as well.

 

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4. Be patient. Tutoring won’t be easy, so check your own behavior from time to time. Remember to be patient with your child especially when it feels like it’s next to impossible. A lot of what tutoring is about is building your child’s self-esteem and giving him/her the tools to believe in his/herself. Not only will it strengthen his/her confidence but it will also improve your relationship with him/her.

 

5. Give your child specific feedback. Instead of saying, “Good job today.” Let your child know exactly what he/she did well by focusing on a specific achievement from your session. Feedback is most constructive when you’re able to identify a specific strength/weakness rather than just relying on generic platitudes. Remember to reward your child for consistency as well.

 

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6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other people in your network. If you feel like you’re juggling too many things and aren’t able to give tutoring the time it deserves, share tutoring duties with your spouse, partner, or other family members.

Eat Your Healthy Baon

 

For us parents, we want the best for our children; that includes the best food for them to eat. But whatever we do, sometimes our kids are simply not interested with the 'baon' we so lovingly prepared for them.

 

HeyMom brings you the tips on how to keep your fussy eaters look forward to opening and eating their lunch. Here are wonderful ideas how to make beautiful and appetizing creations that children can't resist eating.

 

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1. It's All in The Looks

Kids are visual when it comes to food, anything that looks unappetizing will be ignored. So you guessed it: the nutritional broccoli will be left untouched. A tip will be to make their baon visually appealing by letting out your creative side and decorating their lunch boxes with cute cartoon characters, colorful mixed vegetables, even making barn animals or under the sea themes from the food.

 

a. Bento Making

The craze is from no other than Japan where 'kawaii' things come from. Bento or lunchbox is the creative way of making food into something more special, where hotdogs becomes octopus, scrambled eggs made to little chicks, salamis with nori end up being Mini Mouse, or ham and cheese made into Superman's iconic sign!

 

b. Things Needed to Start Bento-ing!

It is quite easy to start your journey to becoming a Bento-making mom especially if your goal is to increase your child’s appetite by giving him a well balanced diet. To begin, the simplest tools needed are a spill proof container (it can be designed with your child's favorite character or simple boxes bought at the local grocery store); a few colorful food organizers like small silicone cups or food separators; some basic cutters; rice molds; and cute garnishing picks.

 

These items can be bought at baking stores or Japanese sections in supermarkets, Japanese Specialty Stores, or just a click away through online stores like Bento Mommas where they offer bento-making kits from here and abroad.

 

All you need is creativity, a lot of imagination and a trickle of humor to make the best bento for your child. By using your bento tools, turn a ham, a small carrot, and egg white into Elmo's face. Use rice molds to make different designs like hello kitty, angry birds, or even as complicated as Disney princesses and superheroes.

 

Also a good tip to mask vegetables is by cutting them thinly and hiding them by rolling them inside meat or use them as one of the designs. Separate food using silicone cups or washable plastic grass (those that you see in takeout sushi) and ensure that the food in the box is packed tightly so the food doesn't mix together.

 

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2. Portions

The goal is to create a meal that is nutritious and satisfying at the same time. It is important to know the portions and plan ahead. One rule that can be followed is the tried and tested 'Go, Grow, and Glow foods.'

 

Start with one portion of Go foods, which is usually made of carbohydrates like rice, potato, pasta, and bread; then a slightly equal portion of Grow foods, which is mainly protein such as pork, chicken, beef, eggs, beans, and cheese to name a few; and lastly, the Glow foods – usually fruits and vegetables that contain natural vitamins and nutrients to make your child healthy. Just remember to be creative in including all these in a meal by incorporating or hiding veggies in meats and highlighting yummy ingredients, making sure it’s delectable to your child.

 

A little treat when you see an empty lunchbox at the end of the day can be used as incentive as well. Something like chocolates, cereals, soft gummies, or chips, all in the right portions, can get those kiddies to finish their food.

 

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3. Involve the Kids!

You may be surprised at how easily a child will devour food he prepared himself. This is a great creative and bonding activity for both of you too, so ready the kitchen mits and spatulas and get cooking. You can start with healthy treats like whole grain baked goodies with dried fruits before moving up to the hot kitchen and making healthy pasta dishes and even entrees. Go with what your kid wants to make and incorporate healthy ingredients in those dishes.

 

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4. Don't Forget Their Vitamins

Make your effort worthwhile with all the love you pour out in their food planning by giving your child their daily vitamins before they leave for school, like the all-time trusted Tiki-Tiki Star Syrup. It has effective appetite stimulating nutrients such as Lysine and B Complex that will help them continuously have appetite to finish their packed meals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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