Hey – It’s Pete again from Weight Loss by Pete! Hope you’re all enjoying the week, and that wherever you are, the weather is turning and spring is on its way 🙂
Today I want to talk about something a lot of my clients have issue with, and that’s transitioning their kids from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one. While it’s a lot easier FOR YOU to do so because you have a better understanding of why certain foods aren’t just harmful to your weight, but harmful to your health, your kids won’t quite have that understanding, especially if they’ve been eating junk for a number of years.
If you have ‘older’ kids (we’re talking 3 and above), and they’ve been used to eating sugary junk and fast food, this will be a harder sell than if they’re just starting to eat whole foods. I want to be 100% upfront and transparent about that…
That being said, this task is NOT insurmountable!
There are a BUNCH of healthy recipes on the internet that cover everything from pizza, to pasta to cake. The trick is finding a recipe that is truly healthy, and not slightly healthier than the restaurant or the bakery down the street, but actually HEALTHY, and good for all dinners involved. ;)
The trick is knowing what to look for in the recipes. Here are a few things you should avoid, and thus should NOT include in any healthy recipe you’re preparing:
Sugar. I’ve seen a lot of so-called ‘healthy’ recipes that contain multiple cups of sugar in it. That is NOT healthy!
It doesn’t matter if the sugar is straight up table sugar, or if it’s labeled ‘Organic Cane Sugar.’ Sugar’s sugar, and we need to stay away from it.
Now, the cool thing is, there’s a non-harmful, NATURAL sweetener called stevia leaf extract powder. I’d prefer you stay with organic stevia leaf extract power, but any is better than sugar.
There are websites that will convert the amount of stevia needed to have the same sweetening effect in a recipe as sugar. Simply Google ‘How many cups of stevia in 2 cups of sugar,’ for example, and you’ll get a bunch of sites with the correct answer.
If you don’t have access to stevia, then you’ll want to move on to another recipe that does NOT include sugar, or just order some off of a site like Amazon…
2. Grain-based flour. It doesn’t matter if the flour is just white flour, or from whole-grains. Grain- based flour is inflammatory, has no nutritional value, and is straight up BAD for you!
Fortunately, there are many healthy substitutes! There’s almond flour and coconut flour, two of my favorites 🙂 Like with the stevia, find a converter for the amount of these flours to use in place of the white or grain-based flour.
Again, if you don’t have access to any of these types of flour, either find some on Amazon, or find a recipe that does not require flour.
3. Artificial Sweeteners. Like I mentioned above with sugar, stick with stevia extract powder to sweeten your dishes.
Artificial sweeteners may not elevate your blood sugar like sugar does, but it kills the healthy bacteria in your gut, and slows metabolism. Our health is based upon our gut’s health, so if we’re messing that up by ingesting too many artificial sweeteners, than we’re putting ourselves and the ones that we love at risk.
Stick with stevia 😉
To help you out, I have a Food Guide and Recipe Book that can assist you. The Recipe Book has 72 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snack, appetizer and dessert recipes, as well!
The Food Guide will teach you the three phases of nutrition that I teach to my clients, so that you can clean up your nutrition, both at home and when you’re out.
Get your copy by heading to www.weightlossbypete.com/foodguiderecipes
Talk to you next week!