Latest numbers show this: 1 in 4 kids in the US is obese or overweight, every third kid under 14 eats some form of burger each and single day. Furthermore, only 13% of the kids walk or bike to school. And let’s not forget, the food industry spends almost 2 billion only on advertisements targeting kids.
So what are we waiting for? Are we going to just sit there and watch our kids becoming part of these unwanted numbers, or are you going to take action and healthier approach each and every day to ensure proper growth of our youth, future, kids…?
The key to achieving this noble goal is through changing our habits first. Why? Because kids copy everything they see. It’s been said – “Children brains are like a sponge“.
In most cases, the healthy dish habit can be implemented with kids by the time they hit 12. After that age is really difficult to change the kid’s state of mind in the terms of healthy eating.
We made a collection of common junk food and it’s healthy, yet tasty substitute to inspire and spark the healthy change that you and your children deserve.
Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide. While this chemical can be formed in many foods when they’re heated to a temperature above 120 °C (248 °F), French fries and potato chips are the biggest offenders. 
Instead of french fries, bake some (sweet) potato wedges or carrot sticks. Besides avoiding acrylamide you’ll be missing out the unwanted fats as well.
Sweets, pastries, cakes, pop tarts, candies…
Crave for that sweet stuff? Do not reach out for the industry processed, a bag of additives and sugar. Food colorings, aspartame, acesulfame K, flavor enhancers, preservatives, sweeteners and on and on… Most of them are cancer causing. Coupled with all of the empty calories, by theory, these are the kind of foods you want to avoid.
There are so much substitute choices for this category! Whole grain muffins, bagels waffles, apples with almond butter, oatmeal, dark chocolate, healthy oats shakes, or just fresh fruits and sweet salads.
Get creative, make some banana chips. Dry some apples, cherries or kiwis as well and combine the dried fruits with low-fat Greek yogurt and oats.
The Crunchy Potato Chips
Yes I know, everybody loves them! Although, I love the healthier version lot better. Substitutes like baked chips, unbuttered popcorn, pita chips, nuts, rice cakes or just simply: carrots, broccoli and celery with fat-free ranch. These are just on the top of my head I can think of, there are lot more convenient replacements for the addictive potato chips. All it takes it’s little imagination and some work in the kitchen.
Sport and recreation
You have read it millions of times and you’ll read it million times more. But I can’t stress bad enough how important are physical activities for proper growth and overall health. Encourage your loved ones to play sports, ride bike and socialize through fun active games. You don’t want to see your kid as a typical potato couch one day, do you?