Research consistently supports the importance of family mealtime. Benefits include healthier eating and children who learn vocabulary, have fewer behavior problems and lower substance abuse.
But dinnertime disruptions – in the form of sports and/or tech – continue to impact this important time of day.
If kids are active in sports, attendance is mandatory at games and practices. There aren’t a lot of options.
But there are real choices when it comes to tech. Do your kids a favor: turn off the TV and leave the phone in another room. Researchers have documented that even the mere presence of a phone diminishes the quality of conversation.
Devices remain an unwelcome dinner guest.
Are you prepared for the summer snacking season?
The lines between snacks and meals blur in June, July and August when kids are out of school. The challenge is to stock the pantry and frig with fresh, high quality, nutritious foods.
Young summer snackers want to eat immediately and continuously. Help kids avoid filling up with quick-grab processed favorites, by stopping frequently at the produce department and farmers markets.
Training kids to be label readers will be easier than ever this summer, when children shadow us through grocery aisles.
“Clean” labels, with recognizable and fewer ingredients make it possible for even new young readers to know what’s in a package. A benefit of the healthy living movement.
Will kids grow up assuming that every ice cream treat offers an over-the-top experience?
Last summer’s hybrid confections of cotton candy with ice cream and the popularity of unique ice cream flavors (English breakfast tea, anyone? Popcorn and sea salt to top your cone?) became social media sensations.
Perhaps this year we’ll have a real breakthrough: a dreamy dessert that’s almost healthy.
Performance enhancing foods are helping to drive the sports nutrition market.
However, young players who reach for caffeinated snacks might respond with nervous jitters; caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system.
As seasonal sports gear up, stay alert for newly launched snacks and drinks that promise to “pack a punch” for your child.
White milk, chocolate milk and water are still the primary drinks in school cafeterias, but that might be changing.
Now that coconut water has started an entire new product category, more plant waters are sure to follow.
It’s interesting to consider that the next generation of school children might grow up guzzling aloe water and maple water.
Each time I see the Campbell’s “Well Yes!” on the shelf with the “clean” label, I feel guilty that I’ve been eating dirty food (including those classic red labeled Campbell’s soups) all my life.