RedHOT Kids - Nourishing Young Bodies and Brains
Giving young children a varied, balanced diet of whole LIVE foods is the best way to give them the best start in life and contribute to their health in later life. Their mental and physical well being is determined by the quality of foods being provided every day. Whether it is breast milk or solids the nutritional quality is of great importance.
- Breast feeding from birth is always the preferred option. Breast milk is made from the foods the mother eats, so it is vital that she understands how to eat in a nourishing balanced way so the quality of milk can provide a great start to life and build a strong immune system.
Many mothers do not understand how to nourish themselves to make high quality breast milk. If the breast milk is lacking nutrients a baby tends to demand feed very often in an attempt to get the required nutrition. This can become very exhausting for the mother who seems to be constantly feeding the baby. If the milk cannot provide the right nutritional sustance the mother is often forced to revert to formula feeding in an attempt to settle the baby. Increased protein levels are required during breast feeding to maintain the mothers health and provide for the growing baby. This can be achieved by eating a wide range of whole natural LIVE foods and avoiding the sugary, fatty, artificially flavoured, white, processed, packaged junk foods and drinking plenty 2.5+ litres of clean water.
- When a baby is beginning to eat solid foods it is important we do not impose our personal tastes and preferences on children eg adding too much salt, sugar, proving juice instead of water etc. Sometimes we think they will not enjoy food unless it tastes like we like it. This is not true because their taste buds are unadulterated until we start providing foods for them to eat. Children’s taste, pallet and growth process should not be burdened by the packaged and processed convenience foods that contain high sugar, high fat, and artificial flavours and additives.
If the taste is influenced by these low nutrition foods at a young age it is often difficult to get children to eat the natural, high nutrition foods that build a strong healthy immune system and strone muscles, bones and structures. This is because their taste buds have been artificially geared to the excessive taste and flavour of the processed foods.
A little bit of junk occasionally is ok. But children in this day and age have far too much access to the junk foods than ever before. It's in the fridge, pantry and lunch box every day. As a result, children are getting fat, have health and learning problems and often display unacceptable behaviour due to the negative chemical balance from too much of the wrong low nutrition foods.
- When introducing solid foods like fruits and vegetables and whole grains they should be lightly steamed or stewed (avoid micro waving) then blended in preference to using processed baby foods. They may be convenient, but no tinned food can provide the quality of nutrition that freshly prepared foods can give to a growing child. Time invested in fresh food preparation, is the best investment in the health of your child.
RedHOT FUEL YOUR KIDS:
We and our children are just a walking, living, breathing chemical concoction of air, water and food in human form. These three things are our fuel (energy), our brain and body parts and our life. High quality fuel provides higher energy, growth, brain power, performance, healing power, health and quality of life. Low quality fuel provides the opposite low energy, low performance and poor quality health.
IS IT LIVE or DEAD? Foods and drinks can be classified for quick reference as LIVE (high quality fuel) or DEAD (low quality fuel).
The most LIVE foods are when they are still growing in the ground or on the tree and still running around the paddock or swimming. The DEAD foods are the most processed ones in a packet or tin. As soon as we pick, pull, pluck or slit its throat, food start to lose its life and energy. The further away from nature (from the ground, tree or paddock) the less life and health potential a food has.
LIVE FOODS are fresh foods like raw fruits and vegetables, legumes & beans, whole grains like brown rice and rolled oats, whole meal & grain bread and pasta, nuts and seeds, fresh eggs, lean meat, chicken, fish, dairy products and other unprocessed animal products, essentials oils like olive oil, avocado and coconut oil and clean water.
FACT: LIVE foods help to build strong live brains & bodies, build a strong immune system to defend us from disease and keep us healthy and vital.
You will find the LIVE foods mainly around the sides and back sections of the supermarket in the refrigerated areas.
DEAD FOODS are manmade, processed factory foods. If you can’t recognize what tree, plant or animal it came from it is probably nearly or completely Dead. Everything we do to food takes life away from it. By the time it has been heated, flattened, squashed, squeezed, preserved, puffed etc and put in a tin or packet it can be Dead. These foods don’t resemble a living thing and usually have high levels of sugar, fat, white flour, salt and artificial additives, colours, flavours & preservatives. E.g. white bread, pastries and white pasta, cakes, chocolates, biscuits, lollies, ice-cream, margarine, processed meats, takeaways, soft drink, alcohol, cordial, carton drinks, etc.
FACT: You can’t build live healthy brains and body parts or strong immune systems out of DEAD foods. Dead foods can only build low energy, weight problems, organ breakdown, aches and pains, depression, ADHD and other learning and concentration issues, cravings, headaches, allergies, colds and flu, bowel problems etc and the more serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, auto immune problems etc
You will find most Dead foods in the inside isles of the supermarket in tins & packets. The longer the use by date, the more questionable the nutrition and deader the food or drink.
REMEMBER: You can only build LIVE healthy brains, bodies and performance with LIVE food.
APPLYING THE BALANCE OF GOOD HEALTH:
- By the time children are a year old they can be established on family meals. Breast feeding as long as possible is still a great provider of nutrition and immunity after 1 year old. Solids should not be introduced too early as their digestive system is still developing and not in full functioning order. Allergies, digestive and health issues are often the result of an inability to break down foods properly due to the under developed digestive system.
1. Fruit and Vegetables:
E.g. a wide variety of different coloured fresh & naturally dried fruits and vegetables
Aim for 4+ servings daily. A serving is ¼ to ½ cup of vegetables, a handful of grapes, a piece of fruit etc. Chop fruits & vegetables into bite size pieces.
These are good sources of vitamins and minerals & antioxidants which protect against bugs, sickness and disease and provide essential growth nutrients.
Tinned fruits & vegetables lack nutrition and should not be used in preference to the fresh varieties. They may taste good but they lack goodness. Always use the real thing.
E.g. lean meat, chicken, fish, milk and dairy group, eggs, beans and pulses
These are good sources of protein and iron. Iron intake of young children has been shown to be generally poor so it is important to encourage these foods at each meal
If children under 5 be are given a vegan diet it is important that there is strong awareness around how to get adequate protein and nutrition as lack of understanding can make it difficult for them to get enough iron, calcium, protein and vitamin B12.
Milk, cheese and other dairy products have become a questionable food due to the way the cow is feed and how the milk is processed these days. If we had Daisy out the back eating grass and she was being milked each day and drinking fresh unprocessed milk that is ideal.
If in the right form these foods can provide calcium for teeth and bones.
NB Due to the processed nature of some dairy products, they can be common allergy foods. An inability to break them down properly may lead to sinus, mucus, asthma, wind, bloating, irratable bowel, skin problems etc. Yoghurt is sometimes easier to tolerate due to the pre digested enzymes and the friendly bacteria they contain. High quality, organic soy milk may provide a more easily digestible alternative. Organic milk or goats milk can also be better tolerated.
3. Carbohydrates: bread, cereals and potatoes etc:
E.g. whole grain breakfast cereals like porridge and pre soaked oats, whole meal bread and crackers, whole meal pasta, brown rice, potatoes etc. Wheat and gluten are common allergy foods so either avoid or use with caution and on a rotational basis rather than every day.
Include foods from this group at each meal. These foods are important for growth and activity, a good source of energy for brain function plus vitamins and minerals and important fibres for a regular daily poo. They are nourishing and filling and help to prevent cravings and hunger.
Avoid white breads, white noodles & processed sugary cereals as they do not provide nutrition for sustained energy and growth, do not contain vitamins and minerals and impact negatively on growth, and brain function and teeth development.
4. Essential Fats and Oils:
E.g. cold pressed or virgin oils e.g. olive and coconut, nuts and seeds, avocado and oily fish
These foods are essential to the brain for calmness, learning and concentration, nerve development, muscle growth and hormone balance. Margarine is not recommended due to its processed nature. Butter (if dairy is tolerated) is natural and provides important vitamins.
Use avocado as a great spread on whole meal bread, toast and whole meal crackers. Avoid giving whole nuts to children under 5 years because of the risk of choking (grind and blend them into other foods). Caution or avoid nuts and products containing nuts in children with a family history of allergies.
Small children often need small snacks between meals because they are unable to eat enough calories at mealtimes. Useful snacks include:
Plain whole meal biscuits and whole meal bread sticks and toast with small amount of natural butter or avocado with natural jam or honey
Additive free, low sugar yoghurt (do not use artificially sweetened yoghurt due to the 92 side affects of the aspartame sweetener), cheese, whole meal crackers
Bite size pieces of fruit and vegetable sticks
Avoid giving snacks too close to next meals so that they don’t affect your child’s appetite.
6. Fatty, salty and sugary processed foods
It is not good for anyone to have too many processed, junk type foods that are sugary, artificially flavoured and fatty and low in nutrition and fibre. Small amounts of additive free junk foods occasionally (not every day) don’t pose a problem but every day they are contributing to the many health and learning issues of young children.
Sugary foods and drinks cause problems with tooth decay and behaviour and learning issues and should not be used as between meal snacks or drinks.
By a year old all children should be having drinks from a beaker or cup rather than a bottle. The best drinks to offer young children are water, freshly squeezed juice and milk (if tolerated). Any sugary or acidic drinks such as soft drink and boxed fruit juices should be minimised, if given at all. Given between meals these can contribute to tooth decay and learning and behaviour issues short and long term. Giving sugary drinks from a bottle, especially overnight should be avoided.
Tea, coffee, cordial, boxed fruit juice and fizzy soft drinks are not suitable for young children.
Use your imagination, have lots of variety and remember, it does not have to be fancy to be good for us.
Bowl of porridge or whole grain breakfast cereal (blend if necessary) with honey or small amount of brown sugar to taste, whole milk and piece of fruit or
Boiled, poached scrambled egg with whole meal toast and butter or avocado or
Blended smoothie with milk (if tolerated) or almond/organic soy, yoghurt, nuts, fruit and honey and a good quality protein powder to balance the growth factors.
2 whole meal crackers with avocado or cheese or other wholesome topping
Wholemeal muffin or pancakes
Nuts if tolerated
Tuna or chicken or egg or cheese and salad whole meal sandwich or roll
Nut Snack pak (if tolerated)
Banana or other fruits
Spaghetti bolognaise and salad or grilled fish with potatoes, vegetables and parsley sauce or chicken and vegetable and brown rice, jacket potato and beans or vegetable quiche etc.
Fresh fruit salad or rice pudding or fruit crumble (use whole meal flour or oats for the crumble)
Whether we are a child or adult we need the daily nutritional goodness of live natural foods.
- To address any specific health problems consult a Health Professional who specialises in balanced nutrition. Please Contact Us for advise
- Refer to the many excellent Whole Food Cook Books available through book shops for meal ideas and recipes.
Enjoy nourishing your RedHOT Kids with powerful whole food nutrition.
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