Category Archives: Kid Nutrition
I love going to a baseball game. The excitement, energy and noise are so exhilarating. Well, I guess if you have a winning team. The poor Astro’s have lost 9 straight. Thank goodness I am a Cubs fan!. Our tickets were mostly free this time because Brent and Addi both had perfect attendance at school! I am so proud of them, we all worked hard to stay healthy and get to class on time. So we celebrated by going to the game and enjoying some treats. But, eating healthy is probably not the first thing you think about when you say “take me out to the ballgame.”
Have you ever been successful trying to eat “healthy” at a baseball game? It’s a struggle for me every time, but then again, I only go to 1 or 2 games a year. I try not beat myself up for having treats at the ballpark because its not an everyday thing. Now, if I had season tickets or something, I would definitely be more diligent about what I chose to eat. I do go to little league games a lot during the spring so I plan those days because we are at the ballpark about 2 or 3 times a week. Nachos would not make for a healthy diet.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind if you are going out to a game and still want to eat on the healthier side.
- Do some research before you go to find out if there are any healthy eating joints close to where you are sitting. Most stadiums have restaurants with healthier selections. Scope it out.
- Also, read the ballpark policy on bringing in food and drinks from home. Our park does allow outside food and drink, but with restrictions. I brought in a bag of goldfish and pistachios for our snack during the game.
- Some healthier selections to get at the game are crackerjacks, sunflower seeds, soft pretzels (knock off the salt), snow cones and, my favorite…hot dogs. Stick to the small (regular) size hot dogs, not the extra long. Mustard, onions and relish are my fav toppings. Lose the chili and cheese.
- If you go for the peanuts or popcorn, remember to share with everyone because its easy to eat way over a normal portion size. Keep it to a handful. So….be nice and share.
- Try to avoid high calorie, high fat selections like nacho’s, chicken tender or anything deep fried for that matter and ice cream. These are the traditional choices to say goodbye to.
- Beer is an okay choice. Keep it to one if your a woman, and two for a man. Try to select the “light” beers and keep it regular sized, no souvenir cups. 🙂
- Choose diet soda for those souvenir cups. Remember water is always best.
My 6 year old daughter, Addison, loves to help in the kitchen. She especially likes to mix things up for smoothies or popsicles. This child will try anything! AND most importantly she is always supportive of whatever I may concoct for dinner. 🙂
We recently bought some great popsicle molds at the local TJ Max in the shape of stars. I thought this would be perfect for Addi to make her creations in since one day she is going to be a movie star. 🙂 Seriously, she was saying lines from a movie today. Mark my words!!! (this coming from a proud mom)
Addison decided our first star-pops would be made with lots of berries. You can use fresh, frozen or canned.
Nutrition Tip: Frozen fruits are just as healthy as fresh. If you choose canned, the healthiest selection would be fruit canned in their own juices, avoid any syrups.
Addi’s Berry Star Pops
~2 cups frozen berries
~8 ounces of 100% juice (we used apple)
Blend ingredients until smooth in a blender. (You might pulse for a little while for some of the frozen fruit pieces)
Pour into pop molds or an ice-cube tray if you don’t have a mold.
Place in freezer until set. When ready to eat, run cool water over the mold/or bottom of ice-cube tray to help release them. And Enjoy!
My son, Brent, had a normal 3rd grade science class where he planted a seed and grew a seedling. You can remember that class right?? He came home with his bean sproutlet in a styrofoam cup. We were at my dad’s house when he brought it home and my dad offered to take care of it. (Every summer my dad grows a container garden full of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other assorted veggies) I love getting the fruits of his labor. Ha! The little bean plant fit right in. Since my dad picks Brent’s up from school, Brent was able to tend his plant almost everyday.
It was really a sight to see the beanstalk. It kept getting taller and taller. It was way over our heads. The beanstalk was 10 feet tall when Brent started to pull the beans.He enjoyed pulling the beans and seeing what he grew from that very tiny seed.
The next night we decided to cook the beans with our dinner. We took them out of the pods and boiled them. We were unsure of what kind of beans they were because all Brent told us was it was a bean. Turns out we were growing lima beans. 🙂 One of my very favorite beans. The lima beans turned out to be great. Brent especially said they were good. Addison and my niece, Scotlyn, also raved about them. Too bad we didn’t have more to cook because they went quick.
There are so many benefits to growing your own garden, especially when you get your kids involved. It teaches so many valuable lesson.
Here are a few reasons to grow your own garden:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables taste great. There is no food more fresh than getting from your garden.
- You know where your food is coming from. You won’t have to guess at how old it is or what kind of chemicals and pesticides are on it.
- You can save money on groceries. How would you like it if you didn’t have to buy your tomatoes or peppers or herbs again??!!
- You get a little exercise and fresh air. It may not be gatorade worthy but you will be moving.
- You can gain a sense of purpose. Creating your own food gives such a sense of pride, fulfillment and knowing that you can provide for your family. Who wouldn’t love that?
- Children who participate in gardening will also develop many benefits beyond learning how to take care of plants. In a study by the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design, researchers found that gardening can have a positive influence on children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being.
Brent and his beanstalk have inspired me to start my own herb garden at home. I can’t wait to get more involved with our own garden at home. Brent will have to teach me how to do things. 🙂