9 Things You Can Do To Get Your Kid On The Clean Eating Train

I have two children, ages 5 and 1.5 years. Tosh, the oldest, was not a clean eating kid until he was 3.5 years (after he spent the first few years of his life in hospitals and doctors offices for constantly being sick). Chloe, the youngest, was clean from the moment of conception. It is interesting to watch the dynamics between a child who knows nothing but clean healthy food and a child whose addiction to sugar still looms at times. Tosh has a sensory condition. As he became cleaner and cleaner, his sensory condition GREATLY improved. This has been amazing to watch before our eyes! With that said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, and that certainly applies when shifting our kids into a clean eating diet. Here are 9 tips that helped my children (especially Tosh) join the clean eating train.

  1. Make it fun and games!
  2. Join your child on the clean eating journey.
  3. Talk to them about the importance of health.
  4. If a food doesn’t go over the first time….try, try again…in slightly varied ways. 
  5. Be open to the possibility of SUCCESSFUL clean eating for your child – check for any limiting beliefs you may have in this area.
  6. Incorporate a variety of new foods.
  7. Let kids cook with you – it creates more of a buy in.
  8. Make Connections For Them – point out what happens to their tummies, or how it’s hard to make good choices and listen after eating sugar, wheat, etc.
  9. ADD CLEAN PROTEIN TO THEIR DIET (This REALLY helps with cravings).

A Sweet Anti-Inflammatory Treat For Valentine's Day (Including My Son's Classroom Party)

My son’s kindergarten class is having a Valentine’s Day party and I was asked to contribute treats for the celebration. Valentine’s Day typically correlates with candies and sweets. However this year, I will be adding to the candies and sweets in a clean, non-inflammatory way. These chocolate covered strawberries are delicious, beautiful, and free of inflammatory ingredients. Best of all, they are quick and easy to make. I can’t wait to share these with all of Tosh’s friends during their Valentine’s party!

INGREDIENTS:

2 dozen strawberries
½ cup raw cacao powder
1 cup melted coconut oil
10 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of sea salt to taste 

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and dry strawberries prior to dipping.  Allow strawberries to sit at room temperature.  Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Immediately dip strawberries into chocolate mixture. Set onto wax or parchment paper. Place strawberries in the fridge for 25 minutes (if you keep them in the refrigerator for too long, the moisture will condense under the chocolate).  Store in a cool, dry location. Best if served within 24 hours.