I’m not talking about high sugar cereal here, I’m talking about eating food from the earth, food our bodies were meant to eat.
My kids LOVE fruit and surprisingly, they love some vegetables as well. I don’t find it appalling, however; when I find out that kids don’t like beautiful, natural food. We are so inundated as a society by the delicious packaged foods down aisles at grocery stores and at the check out counters in stores of all types. Candy bars when you check out at Home Depot? REALLY? I came here for insulation, and not that type of insulation.
I’ve also been working exercise into my daily routine and I do it loud and proud so that the kids know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. They expect to go to the gym nearly every day of the week and they’re increasingly curious of the P90X routine I started recently. I love watching them emulate me, because I want them to grow up with exercise a normal part of their daily routine. When I was growing up, it was normal to go outside to play and run around. During the winter, we played in the snow, went cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and even hiking. I rarely see kids playing outside anymore. It’s so much easier to park their butts on the sofa and exercise their thumbs rather than their legs and it makes me sad.
The Muffin & The Stinky are still young and I hope that they never remember the overweight me. I hope that they only ever remember the fit me. The me that ate whole, real foods and the me that made activity a part of her every day life. I hope my daughter never struggles with her weight or self image like I have. And I hope my boys always have lean, cut physiques like we were intended to have. I’m not being vain. I just want them to be the healthiest they can possibly be, and they can’t be healthy eating out of packages all the time.
One of the best ways to get your kids to eat healthy food is to mobilize them in the kitchen. My kids LOVE to help me in the kitchen. Sometimes whatever I’m cooking is too dangerous for them to help with so I give them bowls, wooden spoons, and dry beans or rice (which we don’t eat) and let them stir them together. It makes them feel involved and they are generally more willing to eat whatever they are served that night.
I also enjoy letting them play with their food. When you give kids a “Rainbow on a Straw”, they feel like they’re eating the treasure at the end of the rainbow – and they totally are! Feeding kids beautiful foods that are packed with nutrients is a great way to set them up for a life of health and wellness.
All that said, I would like to introduce you to a new initiative by New Balance and the family cooking magazine Chop Chop to promote the benefits of the rainbow – eating and running the rainbow, that is.
They sent me a fun, fresh recipe to try and a pair of GORGEOUS rainbow shoes for The Messy Fashionista to try out.
The recipe (below) for Rainbow Skewers calls for bamboo skewers, but the last time I used skewers for food, The Stinky tried to poke his own eye out, so I used some inexpensive straws that I found at the grocery store to thread the fruit on to. Believe it or not, the straws worked perfectly and nobody got hurt. The absolute best part is that the kids LOVED them and ate nearly every kabob we made.
Another way to get your kids moving is to get them workout gear that they LOVE. It isn’t hard. Buy an inexpensive t-shirt from your favorite retailer and let your child paint on it with fabric paint. Give them artistic license here and allow them to get messy. They will be so proud to sport their new shirts while on the go. Also, check out the new 890v3 Rainbow shoe by New Balance. It’s GORGEOUS. The Messy Fashionista has been wearing them with EV_ER_EEEE_THIIIINNNNG including her winter dresses. She says they help her run faster and jump higher. Hey, whatever she says. They’re gorgeous, comfortable, and are made by a company I FULLY believe in. I love my New Balance shoes and I can’t wait to get a pair of their new Minimus shoes for myself.
Now, are YOU ready to win?
In celebration of healthy kids and New Balance’s new 890v3 Rainbow shoe, ChopChop and New Balance invite your family to enter [their] “Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow” contest. You can enter your email for a chance to win a monthly prize pack, including a pair of Rainbow shoes, a one-year subscription to ChopChop, and a grand prize of a $400 gift card to a local grocery store! Visit: http://www.newbalance.com/Rainbow-Contest/RainbowContest,default,pg.html for a chance to win! The contest is now live and will run through May.
Must be 18 years or older to enter.
I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use $400 to use at a local grocery store for my family.
Disclaimer: New Balance sent me a pair of their new 890v3 Rainbow shoe to thank me for spreading the word about their new initiative. I agreed to share it with you because I thought you would find it interesting and it is a cause near and dear to my heart. My opinions and thoughts above were not influenced in any way.