According to a new study from the CDC, one third of all children eat fast food, every day.
Parents, let’s change this statistic for the better. Let’s make getting healthy, delicious food on the table for our kids a priority. Cooking at home is possible, even when our lives our crazy. Have them help you prepare it. It just takes a little advance planning. They are worth it, and so are you, by the way.
Do your kids swear they hate veggies? They can taste delicious, it’s all in how you cook them. Keep experimenting, and don’t give in. The earlier you start them on healthy eating habits, the easier the whole process is. So don’t wait another minute.
Take advantage of fall’s wonderful, colorful, nutritious root vegetables while they are still in season–Try oven-roasting root veggies. Dice them up, add a few ingredients, and throw them in the oven, and that’s it! You’ll be amazed at how good they taste!
Start out with sweet potatoes! And, you won’t need butter, brown sugar or syrup to get that sweet, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Here’s my favorite way to do them:
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel and dice 2-3 sweet potatoes or yams (this, seriously, is the hardest part!). Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with a couple tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and turn to coat. Drizzle with a small amount of honey or agave nectar. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Roast until edges are browned, turning over half way through.
It’s impressive how nutritious this dish is. A medium sized sweet potato contains more than your daily requirement of vitamin A, nearly a third the vitamin C you need, almost 15 percent of your daily dietary fiber intake and 10 percent of the necessary potassium. Not to mention, sweet potatoes contain an abundance of antioxidants and anti-imflammatory properties. Plus, studies show that cinnamon and honey provide a variety of health benefits from insulin regulation (cinnamon) to disease prevention (honey).
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