Healthy Kid Snacks

Have you tried to rack your brain to come up with kid snacks that are not only healthy but also inviting to you child well join the club. All the people in power at the moment seem to talk about is healthy eating but honestly with all the bright coloured packaging on the most popular foods is hard to compete with. Plus not to mention the high cost of fruit and vegetables at the moment you do wonder how you can afford to feed your child healthy foods and still pay the mortgage.

We have come up with a few alternatives that we have found worked in our house. Zip lock bags are a great invention for you to make your own snack bags at half the cost of a bag of chips, muesli bars or muffin bars. You can use plain store brand labelled food and split them into the zip lock bags such as a mixture of dried fruits with unsalted nuts, pretzels etc. We put in cut up fruit for school you can use a melon baller to cut up the fruit to make it a bit more interesting and believe me other children will ask them what it is and it does start a trend at recess time.

Healthy eating all begins at home and the younger you can get your child started the less battle it will be once the start school. While they are young try fresh fruit skewers and use biscuit cutters and make healthy sandwiches and then cut them into fun shapes. Use foods with lots of colours as this will make your child interested in the healthy food you have prepared for them and less interested in the junk food ad they just saw on the TV.

Lets face it its not going to be easy to keep you child interested in healthy food. They see so much advertising for chips, chocolate and take away on the TV but if you can make healthy eating as much fun as what they think a Happy Meal is you have half the battle won. From allot of cheap shops you can buy small novelty toys that you could also add to your Childs lunch which will make it like a happy meal except it will be your healthy meal. Give it a try you may come up with other interesting foods to use for your kid snacks .

Source by Lyn Leckie

Sleep Healthy, Live Healthy

As sleep sets upon us, we slowly move into a different world. A world full of dreams, a world where the mind and conscience is crystal clear, a world which can be measured in our palm, a world called the mind. While we sleep, our conscious mind starts drifting through the numerous paths laid and sketched within itself while our body rests. Some say that sleep is the most nourishing, stimulating and refreshing thing to do.

In technical terms, sleep is like a charger for our body that totally rejuvenates it for the next day. Lack of sleep leads to insomnia that results in a lot of stress symptoms in our body. But some people tend to get used to it and even though they know that killing them, they prefer living with it. One of the major reasons for insomnia is the amount of pressure that is laid upon us.

And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
~ DH Lawrence

This quote may have been taken from ancient literature, but has nicely stated the need and significance of sleep which we so need considering the rat race we are living in. I say we should all take a break to relax and let our consciousness wander in a different world called mind so that we wake up to see more the next day.

With so much of work and activities happening around all day, it becomes almost impossible to take a break and get some quality sleep. Sleep becomes an entity that one catches with great effort. A normal person needs around 7 to 8 hours of sleep, while children and adolescents need 9 to 10 hours of sleep everyday to get rid of all the weariness and also develop a strong mental and physical state.

Source by Anushka Jain