Healthy Eating and Kids!

 Zoe McCarthy Fri 24 February 17

 

The other week I was lucky enough to teach a nutrition workshop to a group of very keen 5-15 year olds!

I had a fantastic time sharing with them some of the knowledge I have picked up over the last couple of years. I am so passionate about health and using healthy ingredients & I was pleasantly surprised to see them so eager to learn & try new things! 

Firstly I made a coconut chia pudding which we set in the fridge for the rest of the day they tried it when they were leaving after their other workshops they were excited to see how the seeds grew & changed in texture. I was very proud that they all gave it a go (the older kids enjoyed it but the younger students seemed to struggle with the texture I think – hopefully it will grow on them!). I then showed them how to make a banana & strawberry smoothie with “hidden” spinach (recipe below) which they then decorated with a variety of toppings I had set out for them (they could choose different nuts, dried fruits, puffed millet, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes, bee pollen, pepitas, strawberries, & blueberries). None of them could taste the spinach! Next we made a cacao/banana “nice cream” which went down a treat! A child who doesn’t like banana tried it & enjoyed it! It was made with bananas, cacao powder, & a dash of coconut milk – so simple & delicious. 

We finished the workshops by creating watermelon pizza – slices of watermelon topped with Greek yoghurt & their choice of toppings. The children all got creative with their designs!

It was a pleasure to show the children that eating healthily can be be fun! I believe it is so important to instil healthy eating habits in young children - showing them how easy & fun it can be to get healthy meals & snacks into their diet was so fulfilling for me.

If we teach the younger generations about healthy choices ingredients we are arming them with the knowledge to question what goes into their food. As they say, knowledge is power; and eating healthily can be a powerful thing – making good food choices can go a long way in promoting longevity & assisting in a variety of health issues.

Along with weight loss, since I changed the way I eat my IBS has improved drastically, my knee issues have lessened, thyroid problems have corrected themselves & my mood in general is more positive. My hope is that the younger generations don’t have to experience any of these problems & I believe that starting a healthy lifestyle an early age will go a long way to ensure this.

Banana & Strawberry Smoothie with Hidden Spinach  

Ingredients:
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • Handful of frozen or fresh strawberries
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1-2 cups plant milk (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc) – depends on how milky you like your smoothie!
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs Greek yoghurt (or soy yoghurt to make this recipe dairy free)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbs LSA

Method: Place all in a blender & blend until smooth – I suggest you add the plant milk slowly (for a thicker smoothie don’t add too much) Drink as is or top with healthy toppings of choice!  


About the Author:  Zoe McCarthy

For more information or to have your children join the fun at Miss Zoe’s School of Dance, please contact me on 0407 921 054, misszoe@misszoesschoolofdance.com or check out our website www.misszoesschoolofdance. You can also find more information about healthy eating & exercise at www.misszoeshealthylife.com or follow both Miss Zoe’s School of Dance & Miss Zoe’s Healthy Life on Instagram or Facebook. 

 


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