Nurture your chil’s wellbeing doing this!
With the celebration of Mother’s day comes the celebration of a very special bond between mother and child. A bond that means unconditional love, sacrifice, time, energy and food to nurture your child. As a Health Coach, I invite you to celebrate and acknowledge all the effort that goes into being a mum in a not-so traditional way. A Mother plays a crucial role in the well-being of her children. In turn, I invite you to give special attention to and explore the topic of a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ with your child.
What does that mean and how can you do it?
Chat with your child
- Exchange what being ‘healthy’ means with your child?
- Talk about sports, the importance of being active and spending time outdoors.
- Talk about making the right food choices. Show them the difference between foods that grow in nature ‘clean foods’ and not in factories.
- Support that by having seasonal, colorful and locally grown foods at home. Serve those on sticks, in funny looking plates; which ever way will make it fun for them to eat.
- Take a trip back to nature. Visit a farm for a fun day out where you can see fruits growing on trees (not on a Styrofoam plate), how animals are kept, the making of fresh milk and cheese etc.
- Children model after their parents. Make sure you are active and practice what you preach. A child will not go outdoors and play sports if they see you sitting on a couch watching TV and eating chips all day.
- Finally, go on a date with your child! Spend one-on-one time, preferably on an activity of their choice. Have fun jumping on a trampoline, sandboarding or whatever else rocks their boat. Why not let the child in you out too?!☺
Embracing health is no longer a cliché or luxury. It is crucial to you and your child’s wellbeing, now and in the long-run. Children seek knowledge and guidance. They will ‘get it’ and embrace it, especially if it is shared with you. It is the moments spent doing activities, laughing, talking and having fun with your loved ones that stay with you. Why not fuse that with a healthy lifestyle? The results are contagious!
Here is a fun recipe you and your kids will love
Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick
The simplicity of dipping delicious fruits in chocolate makes us all smile. Pick and choose from fresh and dried fruit: citrus, bananas, apples, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries (now grown locally in Egypt) blackberries, blueberries etc.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Use dark chocolate – 70% or more or cooking chocolate.
Amount 1 ounce (28grams) per person.
Your favorite mix of dried and fresh fruit.
Toppings: play around with crushed nuts, coconut shavings and oats.
Spices: depending on your taste any or a few of the following ground spices are delicious in chocolate. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cayenne, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, All Spice.
Skewers (wooden or metal)
Wash and dry all fruit.
Cut them into bite sized pieces.
Have toppings handy in small bowls.
Prepare you water bath for the chocolate:
- In a medium sauce pan, bring 3 cm of water to a rolling boil.
- Put desired amount of chocolate in a heat safe metal bowl. This bowl is going to nest inside the saucepan, be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water inside.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and put chocolate nesting bowl on top of the saucepan. Chocolate will gradually melt.
- Stir with a spatula and sweeten with maple syrup or stevia, and add your spices. Leave chocolate over simmering water bath while you dip fruit so it does not harden.
- Roll in toppings.
Have fun with your kids gobbling them down!
Happy Mother’s day!