I get questions from a lot of people this time of year: What is the best food to send for school lunches and snacks? What should I send to school so my child will have energy throughout the day? What if my child doesn’t like healthy food?
I was going to answer the questions myself, but I thought it would be fun to create a video with my niece. We were talking about healthy food over dinner at one of our most favorite vegan restaurants, Candle Café, when she was in New York City recently and I asked her to join me on camera.
My sister has been a vegetarian for years and is now vegan. My niece is being raised a vegetarian and has never eaten fast food (you know the places I’m talking about). Even at a young age, she understands the value of eating nutritious food and appreciates the time and care my sister gives to preparing food the family. My niece is a great help to my sister in the kitchen and enjoys the process of food preparation.
Though I’m not a mom, I know the benefits of taking time to educate children about healthy food choices. The younger you start eating healthily, the better off you are. I love working with my clients to introduce more nutritious options to their children. Indeed, there are so many varieties of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and finding different ways to prepare them is a wonderful family activity.
[Just a note – We went back to Candle Café for lunch the next day. If you are in New York City, it’s a must for a great, healthy meal]