Smart Kids Eat Better: How to Teach Your Kids Some Healthy Eating Lessons

Smart kids eat better and kids who eat well are likely to do well in school and beyond. The trick is to get kids to understand that it’s smarter to grab a bag of carrots than potato chips. But that’s difficult when salty carbs taste a lot better than fresh, organic vegetables. Therefore, parents need to exercise strategy and creativity when providing children with eating lessons.

Make Them Shopping Partners

Kids like having authority. You could tell them they need to eat healthily or you could tell them they’re responsible for choosing food for the family. “It’s a very important job” is a much smarter way to get them to think healthy versus commanding them to do something. Create a meal plan for the family and a grocery list, then head to the store as your kid’s assistant.

Show Them the Source

Did you know a significant percentage of kids aged five to seven think cheese comes from a plant?

It’s a cute error, but it’s important for kids to understand where food comes from. Take them to local farms, food plants, and places to see food being picked, processed, prepared, etc. That way, kids visualize the information and gain a better perspective. For example, they’ll begin to better understand labels like ‘organic,’ ‘natural,’ and ‘additives.’

Stock the Talk

Many parents are concerned about child health and obesity yet keep cupboards stocked with sugary snacks and calorie-filled foods. It’s confusing and counterproductive to hear one thing while seeing adults do something else. If sugary snacks are bad, why are they in the cupboard? Alternatively, tell a child grapes are a better snack than chips and lead by example.

Provide Direction on Drinks

Ask your child if a drink can get them fat. Many kids don’t associate drinks with calories or weight gain though many beverages are loaded with calories and sugar. Explain how consuming drinks has an effect on the body. Also, it’s a good opportunity to introduce healthy drinks such as carrot and tomato juice. Next, teach kids to look at labels and not to be fooled by marketing ploys.

Look at Labels

A drink or food could be labeled as “healthy” yet have high counts of trans fats or be packed with a lot of calories per serving. Teach kids to look at labels to understand what’s actually in a food choice as well as the impending effect it will have on the body. Likewise, teach kids healthy ways to cook and prepare foods. See a range of kitchen appliances at AJ Madison.

Limit But Don’t Deprive

It’s perfectly normal for kids to love pizza and even eat it every week. You don’t have to deprive kids of particular snacks. Alternatively, limit access to certain foods. For example, eat pizza on Friday nights and go out for burgers on Wednesdays yet elect for salads filled with vegetables a few days a week too. That’s a healthy and realistic balance.

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UK’s Favorite Snacks

In a poll of 2,000 adults across the nation, 50% of respondents said that their favourite snack is a bacon sandwich, but then there are few finer aromas than that of bacon frying in the pan. Here we will take an in-depth look at the bacon sandwich, and explore three more of the nation’s favourite snacks. At Cotswold Fayre we think these are some of the most popular snacks.

Bacon sandwich

Some call it bacon “buttie”, some a bacon “sarnie”, but a rose by any other name is still a rose. It is by far the most popular snack across the nation, though different regions have their own particular favourite versions of it.
As an accompaniment most people in the south choose tomato ketchup, while northerners much prefer brown sauce. In terms of the bread, most people prefer sliced bread though baguettes and wholemeal bread are also popular.
While some people like their bacon fried to a tasty crisp, the majority prefer thicker cuts, fried so that the bacon remains tender. When it comes to a choice between smoked and un-smoked bacon, opinions are equally divided.
Most cuts of bacon, including back and streaky, make excellent sandwiches, but the more expensive dry cured varieties are better, and for those enjoy the more salty flavour, home cured style bacon sandwiches are the best.

Cheese on toast

Cheese on toast is the nation’s second favourite snack; however it is also the most contentious. It is said that if you ask three layers a question you will get four different opinions; and pretty much the same goes for cheese on toast aficionados should you ask them how to make one.

The find the ideal way to make cheese on toast we visited the British Cheese Board which has been researching the subject. They took a survey of the various favourite recipes across the nation and whittled them down to 120. On these they carried out a mathematical analysis and came up with a scientific formula for the very best.
We won’t bore you with the maths, but essentially you need 50 g of sliced hard cheese and 10 mm thick white bread. Place the cheese on the bread and grill at 115C for 4 minutes with the bread positioned 18 cm below the grill.

Sausage rolls

The nation’s third favourite snack is a sausage roll. In fact the sausage roll is a quintessentially British snack. It is made using sausage meat wrapped in puff pastry, but some people prefer short crust pastry. They are very easy to make, and generally homemade sausage rolls are the best, but a freshly baked sausage roll bought from a good bakery is always mouth wateringly delicious; much better than the supermarket variety. Great baked goods really.

The oldest sausage roll recipe we could find was published in 1842 by Florence White. Her filling included equal amounts of roast veal and ham, or alternatively cold fowl and tongue, seasoned with a mixture of sweet herbs, and the crust was thin puff pastry.
Cornish pasty

Close on the heels of the sausage roll the fourth favourite snack is the Cornish pasty. Unsurprisingly this is the national dish of Cornwall.

Although today there are many varieties the traditional ingredients were beef, or alternatively venison, chopped turnip, potato and onion; and salt and pepper seasoning. These are encased in short crust pastry, shaped into a D and crimped along the side. They are then baked until the pasty is golden brown and they can be served hot or cool. Alternative fillings include cheese, pork and apple, lamb, and chicken.

The D-shape was ideal for Cornish tin miners. They would hold the crust by the crimped edge which served the role of a handle and which they could discard so that they didn’t ingest the arsenic that was ever prevalent in the tin mines.

Home Entertainment with Popcorn Popper

Home entertainment is ideal for families on a budget. The cost of going out to a movie theater or a game center makes for an expensive night out, regardless of the size of the family. By keeping entertainment on home turn, families can save a bundle and have a great time. By creating a comprehensive home entertainment center and making sure there are plenty of movie theater style snacks, families will find themselves immersed in pleasure for a fraction of the cost of going to the local movie theater. Families who rent or stream several movies from an online movie rental source or play games from their living room will be completely satisfied.


One of the most important parts of recreating a night at the movie theater is making delicious popcorn. Microwave versions don’t do the trick. They have to commit to the process of buying the kernels and popping it themselves to create that movie theater sensation. Customers should consult popcorn supplies at to make sure they treat their friends and family members to the full movie theater experience with hot, buttery and fully popped popcorn. The sights, sounds and smells wafting from the kitchen will make everyone forget they are in the home living room. Or better yet, they will come to appreciate the home movie and game theater more than they want to head out on the town to get their entertainment and snacking fix for the weekend or any other entertainment night of the week.

Mommy’s Choice is Lady’s Choice

I have never been a good cook. In fact, it was only two years ago that I learned how to cook when our househelp left. Now, I know how to prepare easy meals with the expertise of my hubby. I can never cook without recipes or without the exact amount of ingredients so you will never see me try cooking without the exact ingredients at hand.

I was very happy to see Lady’s Choice Mayo MayoMakeover videos and to receive some simple recipes from Lady’s Choice. We love Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise here at home, in fact, my daughter loves to prepare her ‘special sauce’ which contains mayonnaise and ketchup!

My hubby’s birthday gift for me a few days ago was his famous chicken salad macaroni. Lady’s Choice mayonnaise really made it more special.

Thanks to Lady’s Choice for sending us some recipes that we will try very soon 😉