GOOD NUTRITION FOR THE KIDDOS!
Brooke Rozmenoski here, founder of Beets and Babes.
I started Beets and Babes when I was pregnant with our daughter. I had been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade when I became pregnant, and I was entering a whole new world. I was lost. I was lost because I knew in-and-out how to help adults lose weight, coach on what is healthy vs. what is not, support women with hormone imbalances or thyroid issues, and help heal gut issues.
What I didn’t spend a lot of my career on was kids’ nutrition and what was important at different stages of life to support healthy development. I started doing what I always do, researching at night, walking the aisles in grocery stores to see what is advertised to kids, and talking to my clients who were parents. What I have found is that as mamas we have been misinformed and our kids are a constant target for marketing. Almost every product I picked up marketed to kids in the grocery store contained added sugars, dyes, and a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients.
Coming from someone who grew up in a household with a family who was always dieting and trying to lose weight, and as someone who was overweight as a kid, I knew I wanted something different for my daughter. I had an unhealthy relationship with food and I didn’t love my body for much of my life. She deserved different. I want her to understand that food is meant to nourish our bodies, that it is okay to indulge every now and then and not feel guilty, and that taking care of your body and choosing a healthy lifestyle for it means truly loving yourself. With childhood obesity nearly tripling since 1970s, and still continuing to rise, I knew we needed to change something.
As parents we are pulled in so many directions and taking the time to research whats best for our families is often a priority that gets pushed aside. I know the guilt builds every time we have to run through a drive thru, or give in to our kids wanting their bag of halloween candy because we know offering broccoli instead isn’t going to cut it. My goal is to support you in making healthy work for your family and make it an easier choice to with tasty options for your littles. Setting a healthy foundation with nutrition is something our kids will keep their whole life. It is one of the best gifts we can give them.
I am so excited to share some tips on setting a healthy foundation with our littles with you over the next few weeks. The holidays are a time when our health takes a back burner, and the average weight gain is easily 5+ pounds. On top of that, this is the time when sugar is available at every corner for our kids. Lets change that this year. This year, we are going to not just survive the holidays, but thrive, and set a new tradition with our family to lead a lifestyle that nourishes our ambitions and goals.
Easy pumpkin pancakes (good for all ages!):
Our little LOVES these, My trick is to double or triple the recipe. Prep all pancakes and store some in the fridge for when you need a quick option. Often I bring these in a snack bag for her, they taste great at room temperate and are easy for her to grab and snack on!
Recipe makes 3 medium pancakes.
- 2 eggs (organic and pasteure raised are best!)
- 2 tbsp canned pure organic pumpkin
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp Paleo flour (Bobs red mill brand, or coconut flour works great if you have not introduced nuts to your littles yet!)
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1. Preheat a griddle at a low-medium heat, spray pan with avocado or coconut spray oil.
2. Mix all ingredients into a blender and blend until it makes a smooth batter
3. Pour batter onto griddle and cook on one side until bubbles begin to form and edges are formed. Flip and cook for another minute.
4. Serve with a spread of nut butter or a drizzle of organic maple syrup and enjoy!