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Are You Aware of What You Are Feeding Your Child? – Dudes To Dads Ep 153

Well, first I wanted to introduce our sponsor for today’s podcast:  SmartyPants Vitamins

They are Non-GMO & Gluten-Free and filled with great vitamins and minerals like Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and much more.  You can buy them from Target, WholeFoods, Walgreens or on Amazon.

Ok, on to today’s topic.  I did a YouTube video on this topic last week.  We often think we are feeding our kids healthy foods and drinks but the reality is that we are not.Of course there are different schools of thought about nutrition, but there are elements that doctors and nutritionists will agree on.  For example, not one person thinks that regular white table sugar is good for you. It may taste great and our body craves it, but it’s not good for your long term health.

The Harvard School of Public  Health says the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day.  

According to the American Heart Association, children ages 2 to 18 should eat or drink less than six teaspoons of added sugars daily.  Six teaspoons of added sugars is equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams.

That is crazy.

So I put together 5 things your children should be having to be healthy and grow.

#1 – Water – Stop feeding them juice.  I don’t care if it’s apple, orange, grape, or whatever.  It is full of sugar and children don’t need it. Give them water.

You can hear the parents now: but Timmy won’t drink water.  Stop giving him juice and he will get thirsty.  He’ll drink water.It tastes really good because there is a ton of sugar in it.  Give them water.

#2  Protein – Protein build cells.  It helps muscle growth, their immune system, repair tissue, and more.Some protein you can make sure your kids are eating are:  eggs, cheese, peanut butter, meat, fish, chicken, etc.

Also, try to have at least a little protein with most meals.

# 3: MultiVitamin – and this brings us to today’s sponsor:  SmartyPants Vitamins

They are gummies that taste really good and provide kids

Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin D as D3 for immune health, Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin  (methal-co-ball-a-meen) for mental focus and energy balance

and Folate as methylfolate to support proper DNA replication.

They have products for everyone in the family but for this podcast, we are speaking about the Kids Complete MultivitaminA multivitamin is a really easy way to make sure your kids are getting the nutrients they need.

#4) Fruit – Fruit is a great source of fiber, healthy energy and a good substitute for bad sugars.  

It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals that support child development.  Most kids like fruit because it does taste great. 

One tip I have is to make fruit your child’s dessert.  Instead of ice cream, cookies, or other bad sugars, offer fruit as the after meal delight.

As we get older, eating fruit is often a good way to curb sugar cravings.

and finally #5 – Good old Vegetables – We all know vegetables are good for you.  Like fruits, they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals.But how do you get your child to eat them when they cringe at the site of anything green. One technique is to simply hide them.There are tons of recipes online where you can hide vegetables in everything from pancakes, to burgers, to pasta, there are a lot of ways.

Of course you just have to make the effort to make the food instead of going out to eat all of the time.  

That’s all we have for today.  I want to again thank SmartyPants vitamins for supporting Dudes to Dads and Dad University

We want to hear from you.  Do you have any child nutrition questions?  Have you found some great nutritious products for your kids?  We would love to hear about them.

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