From the moment we hear the first heartbeat to the day they come home crying because someone hurt their feelings, we, as moms are the protectors of our children’s hearts. And just as important, we must nourish their hearts with high quality nutrient-rich foods that fuel their bodies to grow and learn and thrive. February is National Heart Month and a great time to hear some perspectives from Moms about how they love and care for their young hearts:
Nicole Barreira, Corporate Chef for Great New Hampshire Restaurants
I think it is so important to teach my kids about a heart healthy diet because to me it is part of the fundamental knowledge we all need in order to be as successful as possible in life. Much like we teach our kids the importance of brushing their teeth and how to make wise choices so they can be safe; our kids need to know how to take care of their bodies and make wise choices for their health (in an age appropriate way of course!)
For holidays and special occasions, instead of cookie decorating or
bringing a plate of cookies to friends or parties, I like to make a
Chocolate Covered Fruit tray. I use fruits like strawberries,
blueberries and apples and then dip a small part of the fruit in
chocolate, so each treat has far fewer calories and less sugar than most
holiday treats. I use a nice dark chocolate and milk chocolate blend.
Sometimes I roll the chocolate covered fruits (while still tacky) in
crushed candy, coconut, crushed pretzels, holiday themed sprinkles, or
toffee bits. Although still a sweet treat; these gems are certainly much
healthier because the fruit provides great nutrients and fiber.