Kids don’t need kids’ food; What’s your opinion?

Hello everyone take a look at Marion Nestle’s blog from today >>>Nov 12, 2012: Kids don’t need kids’ food http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/11/kids-dont-need-kids-food/

My Response: Scooby Doo fruit snacks, Gushers, and Capri’s Sun are only a few of what we Americans typically think of as kid snacks. But why if we wouldn’t want to consume these unhealthy treats would we feed them to our kids? They are humans just like adults. As Dr Nestles expresses in her blog today how “it’s hard to make healthy food choices when healthy foods are not available”, it took me a second to realize that this is certainly true for some parts of the country. I don’t think I have really thought of this actually being true because I haven’t personally experienced this. She made me open my eyes to and think about how difficult that would be to want to eat healthy fruits and veggies, like we are trying to push here in America, yet not be able to because some individuals don’t really have that option as easily as we think everyone has it. Furthermore, I agree with Dr Nestle and her reasoning behind why kids don’t need kids’ food. If our children grow up eating and knowing what leafy greens and fresh fruits are, then eating healthy wouldn’t be something that would need to be taught when they got older. I think growing up eating healthy foods along with parents educating their kids on from early on, it would decrease a lot of the obesity and health problems. Another thought that came to me as I was reading this; if our children were eating the same foods as the adults are, that would save families tons of money on groceries. For example, instead of buying the expensive individual packaged kids snacks, you could buy a bundle of bananas for .44 cents a pound or a bag of baby carrots for the entire family to eat that is less expensive than the unhealthy kids’ snacks. In my opinion eating healthy foods is very important, therefore having healthy food choices should be required to have available in places whether they are inner rural areas, everyone should have equal opportunity to better themselves!

What does everyone think? Leave your comments!

Top 3 Tips to a Healthy Holiday Season

Good morning! Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, that means there are many sugary deserts and lots of food to come! The holiday season is where a lot of people see some weight and/or over eating occurs. Here are some awesome tips that will help you not fall in this category! 1) use small dishes, that way you won’t over eat by wanting to fill a large plate. By having a small plate or bowl you may fill it up but it will be much smaller portions! 2)Don’t have all the different dishes of food out in front of you on the table. Keep them on the counter away from the table, this will give you less temptation to scooping seconds onto your plate. 3) use substations to your recipes. There are so many different items you can use instead of “bad for you” ingredients! For example, instead of sugar try using plain Greek yogurt or applesauce.

Check out this black bean brownie recipe! There delicious and trust me they don’t taste like black beans!!!
Black Bean Brownies YUM!

Thanks for reading ! Comments and questions are welcome 🙂

SIZE matters

Hello everyone, one of the main things I have noticed about people and food is that the majority of people do not read nutrition labels on food products they are eating. For example, for a bag of chips many people open the bag and just sit and eat and eat and continue to grab chips from the bag until finally when they are full they have almost consumed the entire bag. My message today is PORTION CONTROL!!! Portion out everything you eat people, if you want chips instead of taking the whole bag dump a portion in a bowl or on your plate. So you don’t end up eating an entire bag of Doritos! If you don’t have a large quanity in front of you to eat then you won’t over eat, make sense right? Another example would be cereal. Most of us just pour cereal into a bowl until it gets to the top but in reality a serving size of cereal is typically around 3/4 a cup!!! So that would mean you are consuming probably around 3 to 4 servings in one sitting. A good suggestion that I would give to all is to use measuring cups to measure out your food. Keep a 1/2 cup measuring spoon in your bag of cerreal so you know exactly how much your eating. READ FOOD LABELS that’s what they are there for!

**Remember this you can eat things that you love that may not be good for you but in moderation is the key!!!!!**

Thanks, comments and questions are welcome!

Stay tuned for more to come as well as some awesome, easy recipes that I enjoy and you will too 🙂

Captain Crunch Cereal^^^

RD to be Kayla B is here!

Hello world my name is Kayla and I am currently a college student studying Nutrition at Texas State University. I love food and cooking as well as fitness and health. Finding new, healthy, yummy recipes that are quick is what I do in my spare time. As a college student, most people procieve we all live off ramon noodles and cereal (although many students do) I am an exception! I decided to start a blog to share my awesome recipes that I use and help spread my knowledge of food to others!!! My goal out of college is to become a registered dietian and possibly attend culinary school afterwards 🙂 Any questions comments are welcome!! Thanks