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A Mom’s Secrets To Keeping Kids Healthy

We all want healthy kids. But what can we do to help them stay healthy? The average child gets sick 10 times a year. That number is simply too high and there is no reason why it should be that high. Once or twice a year colds or other viruses are understandable, but 10 times a year? Think of all the missed school for them and missed work for you and the fun family times that have to be rescheduled or canceled completely. There are some simple things we can do as parents to turn sick kids into healthy kids.

The first step to a healthy kid is a healthy diet. Kids need lots of good nutrition. Foods that are full of sugar, fat, starch, and are highly processed are not nutritious. Good nutrition starts at home. There are many simple little changes you can make immediately to get the entire family eating healthier. Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains need to be provided daily. It may seem easier and cheaper to buy the frozen, packaged and processed versions, but it’s really not. You will find that buying healthy is actually cheaper than buying junk. Look up some healthy recipes, make a shopping list and go to the store thinking healthy. Stay away from potato chips, soda and candy. Instead buy whole grain crackers, pretzels, and fresh fruits. We all crave salty and sweet treats, so use these healthy substitutes instead. Kids eat what is available to them; it is your job to make sure they have healthy choices. (more…)

Is Your Salmon Dinner Healthy?

Did it really make a difference that the salmon that you prepared for your wholesome meal with your family was farmed or wild? They both are salmon correct? Just what possible significant difference can it be? The price on the farmed salmon was a lot more affordable and there seemed to be a number of people in the store purchasing some for tonight’s’ dish. Salmon is full of Omega 3′s and each and every nutritionist suggests it, precisely what difference does it make?

Sadly, the wild salmon and farmed salmon are certainly not identical from the nutritional sense. Wild salmon normally dines on krill and shrimp in the ocean and gives the salmon its deep red color by a compound called astaxanthin, which contains ten times the antioxidant activity of beta-carotene. Wild salmon is a great way to obtain protein, omega 3′s, potassium, niacin, B12, plus the cancer battling selenium. (more…)