Green, Red and Gold
Capsicum – This extraordinarily versatile fruit is power packed with goodness. It is bursting with Vitamin C and one fruit can provide enough Vitamin C for 10 people! It also contains beta carotene which is excellent for preventing night blindness. It is interesting to note that when heated the capsicums’ antioxidants come alive! So next time you eat a delicious stir-fry, make sure you add a colourful splash of red, green and yellow capsiums to it!
How strict should your diet program be?
Whether you’re training for the Olympics or planning just to lose your winter coat each food program should contain three elements. In short it needs; Goal. Structure. Vice.
1. A Goal- Set your goal and make sure it is balanced between what you know you’re capable of and where you know you’ll have to really work to achieve it. Write it somewhere you can see it daily.
2. Structure- Put a clear healthy dietary plan in place. Write a food plan that excludes foods you know will hurt your objectives and include foods that your body needs to achieve your target. A nutritionist can help you with this.
3. Vice- For any achievement sacrifices must be made but beware- long programs that exclude all foods or treats that you enjoy will eventually wear you down. I suggest keeping one treat ready for when times get really tough. Hold off as long as you can but it helps to indulge when you’re in control rather when you’re not.
Kids and Vegetables
How many parents fed their children pureed vegetables as a baby? You could almost make any combination and the little mouth would just keep eating it. Well, now it’s 8 years on… are your kids still eating the wide variety and quantities of veggies they once did or is dinner time a constant battle ground.
3 ways to get your kids to eat more veggies
1. Tell them to- Tough love. The most important thing I tell my clients today is that as a parent it is up to you to tell your child what he will or won’t eat. And taste buds don’t even get a say. For a healthy happy child they need to eat at least 3 serves of vegetables every day.
2. Hide it. It really easy to increase the quantity of vegetables in any meal by grating, pureeing and dicing them. Don’t be afraid to hide them as the more they eat the more their taste buds will change.
3. Make it fun. Get your children involved in making food as young as you can. When they can touch, taste and experiment they will be more likely to eat the meal you’ve prepared.
After all they might just be the next Jamie Oliver.