How can we get it so wrong? Our children are getting sicker, fatter and lazier. Why is this happening? I have a couple of ideas but the research is really shining a giant spotlight on this issue but we are choosing to turn a blind eye.
This is all about our children! Do we want them to continue to get worse? When will we do something about it?
I have taught a lot of children in my time from various backgrounds, family structure and social status. They could be from a high income family with both parents living together or from a single parent on a low income and they could be sick, fat and lazy. The common denominator has nothing to do with how much the parents love their child and are able to provide for them. The main thing was what those children were eating. I have had children come to Kindy and wait out the front while they finished their McDonalds for breakfast or a can of soft drink or a chocolate milk. WHAT?!?!? These children are 3-5 years old and are highly malnourished, have behavioural problems, their concentration is poor and their development was poor.
These poor children are being fed these things by their parents. The parents were just standing by watching them. These same parents who ask me why their child keeps getting into trouble. They tell me that their child didn’t sleep well last night so they might not be at their best today. They ask me why am I sending half of their lunch home.
The scenarios I have highlighted above are just a glimpse into the shocking diets I have seen children eat. This is why I was so motivated to start Tiny Chefs in the first place. After seeing more children line up for their weekly McDonalds this morning as I drove past I was angry. I then realised that I needn’t waste my energy on anger, I need to use that energy to continue to educate parents and teachers about what they can do to help their children. My mission over the next year is to get my Tiny Chefs program into 300 Kindergartens around the world. I need your help to do this! If you need support and motivation to help nourish your family then I’m here to help. If your child attends a Kindergarten/PrePrep or Early Years program then send their teachers to this site to help them get their hands on this program.
It is not difficult to make delicious and healthy foods at home. I have a couple of quick recipe ideas below to help you get started.
– Kale chips
– Banana/Strawberry milkshake
Yesterday afternoon it was ridiculously hot and my boys were hungry. My son wanted some ice-cream so we made up a batch in my food processor (it’s nothing fancy!). I always have frozen bananas in the freezer ready for smoothies or ice-cream. This is the easiest recipe in the world and you can adapt it to suit your tastes.
Makes 4 servings
– 3 large frozen bananas (if frozen for overnight, allow to defrost for about 5 minutes before blending)
– 1 tsp honey
– 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
– small handful of dried cranberries
– 2 leaves of kale/collard
Add all ingredients into a food processor. Depending on what processor you are using it can take about 4 minutes until it blends into the consistency of ice-cream. You do have to eat it straight away because there is no added nasties it won’t stay frozen for too long. It is so good!
Don’t forget to spread the love! I would love to see more and more children finally being nourished and enjoying a happy and healthy life. What is your favourite healthy recipe?
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