A Few Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

Snacking between meals is important but it is also important to eat the right food and not binge on empty calories. It’s not easy to please a child, especially when it comes to food. Snack is a small portion of food that is served in between the meals to keep the kids energetic and refreshed. Here are a few healthy snack ideas that can be easily incorporated in a 2-year-old baby diet chart:

Baked Sweet Potato:

Ingredients: Sweet Potato, salt and butter

Method: Wash and clean sweet potato. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise and then cut the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges. Melt butter and brush it on all wedges. Sprinkle salt. Preheat the oven and cook until soft. Let it cool down a bit and serve warm with ketchup on the side.

Chapatti Pizza:

Ingredients: Chapatti, onion, mayonnaise, tomato, capsicum, sweet corn, beans, cheese slice or spread, salt, ketchup and butter

Method: Wash and clean all veggies. Chop all veggies into small cubes. Heat a pan and brush it with little butter. Put chapatti on the pan and warm it a little from one side. Spread mayonnaise evenly on the chapatti. Spread all the cut veggies on chapatti and cover it with cheese slices. Sprinkle salt. Cover the pan with a lid for 3 to5 minutes. Cut chapatti as pizza slices. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Paneer and Cheese toast:

Ingredients: Paneer, brown bread slices, cheese slices, salt, onion, and coriander leaves, butter.

Method: Crumble paneer in a bowl and mix salt. Wash and clean veggies. Chop the veggies into small pieces. Mix it with crumbled paneer. Preheat the pan and brush it with melted butter. Smear butter to the bread slices on one side and put them in the pan. Add paneer mix over the bread and then put a cheese slice on it. Cover it with a lid and toast it on a low to medium heat until the cheese melts. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes:

Ingredients: Oats flour, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, and honey or chocolate syrup and banana.

Method: In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs and whisk it properly. Preheat a pan and brush it with butter. Pour half a ladle of batter into the pan and cover it with lid. Cook from both side until golden brown. Take it out on a plate and serve it warm. Cut ripe banana into thin slices. Put banana slices on the pancake and serve it with a spoon of honey or chocolate syrup on top.

Healthy Eating – The Trap Of Chronic Dieting

One thing you must be aware of as you set out to lose weight and improve your health is chronic dieting. What is chronic dieting and could it be impacting you? Let’s take a closer look…

What is Chronic Dieting? Chronic dieting is dieting at a very low-calorie intake for a prolonged period. Usually, most diets will last for about a month or two, and then you will have either reached your goal weight, or you will come off the diet for a short period. The problem is when you don’t. Many people, especially those with more significant amounts of weight to lose, stay on a diet for months on end. Some have been dieting for so long it has now just become their ‘healthy way of eating’. Only it’s not healthy – it’s near starvation.

What happens is when you first begin a diet plan, the calorie intake you use – a modest calorie deficit – starts producing results. GREAT! Then, however, your metabolic rate begins to adapt and slow down. Your body gets used to that amount of food, and sooner or later, the food selection is no longer producing the weight loss results you desire…

you decrease your intake further. It is your only option to keep losing weight. You drop it again, and weight loss picks up.
a few weeks later, weight loss is slowing. Now you have a choice, lower your calorie intake again or come off the diet.

Many people will continue to lower their calorie intake further until they can no longer drop anymore. Now at this point, they are simply maintaining their weight as weight loss has stopped. Because they are managing their weight, they are now afraid to take in higher calorie food: they believe it will lead to weight gain. This is a big problem because they are now mainly surviving on far fewer calories than they should be and weight loss will have become virtually impossible.

The Impacts of Chronic Dieting. So what impacts do you need to know about? The typical signs and side effects include…

the fear of eating too many calories: for example going out for dinner or introducing new foods into the diet plan.
ongoing fatigue – never feeling energized.
suffering from injuries that don’t heal.
having difficulty sleeping.
always feeling hungry.

If you feel like you are trapped in your diet plan, you are a victim of chronic dieting.

Getting Help. How can you get help? How can you get past this? The main thing you need to remember is change is in order. Unless you want to continue living on so few calories for the rest of your life, you need to be willing to make some adjustments. This means increasing your calorie intake and accepting what may be a temporary fat gain.

Yes, you may gain weight when you do this, and your metabolic rate adjusts. But, by raising your metabolic rate, you make it possible for you to lose fat when you lower your calorie intake again. Consider the alternative. Chances are you couldn’t even drop fat right now if you tried.

Don’t be afraid of taking this step. Sometimes increasing your calorie intake is what you need to get weight loss happening again. Think of it as one step back for two steps forward.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Tips for Eating Vegetables When You Don’t Like Them

You know that vegetables are rich in vitamins and essential minerals. Telling you how crucial it is to eat them is pointless because you know it. The issue that needs addressing is why you don’t like eating them despite the knowledge that they are healthy. It is quite understandable if you dislike your vegetables especially if you have only one way of making your greens.

Below is a list of fun tips that you can use.

1. Don’t eat plain vegetables

Most people do not have the taste buds for plain vegetables. Eating them plain will just be torture to you especially if you are new to this. One thing that you will find helpful is mixing your veggies with other foods. Take a few greens and eat them with other foods you like. Start small and gradually increase your amount as you adapt to the process.

2. Mix up your vegetables

You will find it more boring if you eat the same type of vegetables all the time. There are very many different types available in the market, choosing one of them every single day will not be a hard thing. While you are mixing things up, remember to season them with spices you like. Seasoning food brings out the flavor of the food.

3. Make salads

A mixture of fruits and vegetables is a great way of eating your vegetables! If you are not a big fan of mixing things this way, you may try to make a vegetable salad using different recipes. There is an arsenal of recipes out there for vegetable salads that will help you make delicious vegetables. When you are making the salad, you may try to steam the veggies or grill them.

4. Make smoothies

Ever heard of green smoothies! Green smoothies are like the normal smoothies but have green vegetables, fruits and substitute of milk. Making green smoothies will be a fun way for you to eat your vegetables. Remember to mix the vegetables with fruits so that they can dilute the sour taste. When you are starting out with the smoothies, please, start with the soft vegetables like spinach, then as you get used to them, you can incorporate the other types of vegetables.

5. Try your vegetables in soup

Soup can be a great way of eating your vegetables. Add your vegetables to your favorite soup and enjoy a well-made soup.