How food shapes your child
Healthy eating habits can really change the way your kids perceive food as we found out from nutrition advisor, Louise Mercieca's new cookbook.
Stop promoting junk food to our kids – we’ve eaad enough! That’s the message that’s been going around social media for the past few weeks accompanied with the simple but clever hashtag, #adenough.
The campaign has really struck a chord with personal trainer and nutrition advisor, Louise Mercieca. She’s been pioneering healthy eating for a few years now and is passionate about ‘real’ food. As a wife, and mother she is keen on feeding her family the good stuff, including veggies and doesn’t include any added sugar in her meals.
Recently, Louise published her first book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’, a cookbook and an essential guide for parents on childhood nutrition. Louise believes that by forming healthy habits early on, you can provide your child with good health as they continue to grow.
In her book she talks about how eating nutrient devoid food can increase the risk of eating highly addictive foods and in turn increase the risk of obesity. Unfortunately, the big brands and food companies know this, but do very little to change.
So instead, Louise has set about trying to make a change through her book. In it she has created a team of characters who include Captain Red Pepper Pants and Dr Bertha Carrot (the clever one). This colourful bunch feature throughout the book explaining the role food plays and encouraging children to have a healthy relationship with food. Each book comes with a character pack of cards so that the children can get really involved in the book.
The book also touches on food to build a brain by advising on which foods are ‘brain nutrients’ to help children to learn, concentrate, focus and remember.
Get a taster and impress the kids with this delicious and simple recipe as featured in the book:
Avocado chocolate mousse
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
Squeeze of date nectar/Maple Syrup
1. Simply combine all ingredients in a processor, transfer to individual dishes and pop in the fridge.
2. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
3. Use more banana to sweeten rather than more date nectar/Maple Syrup.
To order the book, visit The Heath Kick.