My lifestyle was killing me and I knew I had to do something about it. I have learned that the best way to develop a healthy lifestyle is to discover the source of problem and then put a plan into action that will develop good health.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sweet tooth substitutes

Remember that the snack choices that you make for your kids tend to stay with them for life. If you familiarize them with healthier options while they are young, they’ll be more likely to stick to these choices and live longer, healthier lives.

It has been said that fruits like bananas and oranges are nature’s original snack—they come pre-wrapped and ready to eat. Get your kids used to fruits to sate their craving for sweets. Berries, in particular, are a powerhouse of nutrition—packed with vitamins and minerals, and also one of the best sources of antioxidants. You can freeze some strawberries or grapes overnight in a plastic bag, and they’ll be a perfect treat to send your kids off with in the morning.

Granola bars are a great alternative to a gooey candy bar. Sweet, crunchy granola bars have more fiber, and far less fat and sugar.

If your kids can’t do without a bar of chocolate, then go ahead and indulge them—not all chocolates are bad. Just make sure to avoid the super-sweet varieties that come with caramel or nougat. Choose dark chocolate—containing at least 70% cocoa solids—which is a good source of antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, the type found in green tea and red wine