In 2016/17, 1 in 5 children in Year 6 and 1 in 10 children in Reception was classified as obese, what is the cause? A culture of sedentary living & overeating mixed with a society who are being brainwashed by marketing and bias media about the danger of calories.
It seems we have become more concerned with the calorie content of food than the nutrition value which sadly is fed to us by the media many of which are funded by companies who want to sell their products. Recently I was shocked by an advert on UK television, telling us to aim for lunch box snacks below 100 calories hmmm?
Why? If I were to slice avocado into two halves, one half would outweigh this? So, is that not a healthy snack?
The real question for me is, should we not be educating children on what is nutritious and good for their mind and bodies? Is starting unhealthy calorie counting, behaviour that we wish to bestow on the young, which it could be argued may lead to unhealthy eating habits including binge eating.
At YogaBears we often discuss how important it is for children to eat through their chakras (7 energy centres of the body) so basically all the colours of the rainbow for healthy nutritious meals and snacks.
Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England, 2018 [PAS], only 26 per cent of adults and 16 per cent of children consumed 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day. At YogaBears we address both these problems by guiding children through their YogaBears yoga physical practise, but also discussing mindful eating which includes how we feel after we eat certain foods, how we know we are hungry when the best time to eat is and of course our chakra favourite foods.
Here is an example of 7 healthy chakra balancing snacks.
Mula snack Red apple: Strong roots keep the tree from which the apple derives beautifully balanced. Just like the tree, the apple itself is balanced in its offering as a fruit. It provides an all-natural energy boost minus the sugar peak and trough, in turn, helping children release happy endorphins and connect to their superpower of happiness.
Stan snack oranges: oranges like their colour are full of vibrancy and vitamin c, amazing to boost children’s immune system and mood helping them to connect to their creative superpowers.
Pura power snack Banana: bananas are so versatile and are a great way for children to feel strong as they are packed with potassium, an amazing fuel for after yoga & fitness. Did you know that potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body? It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals so we need it like yoga to keep the body balanced.
Hata heart snack avocado: what better way to fuel your unconditional love superpower than eating avocados. They are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
Sid superfood snack Blueberries: Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all berries Flavonoids appear to be the berries. Antioxidants promote good health and protect against disease, both now and in the future, which helps to ensure children’s healthy growth and development as well strengthen a child’s immune system and help fight illnesses. Blueberries can be eaten on their own but are even more delicious in porridge 😀
Ajna Figs: Figs are high in fibre and are a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density) and potassium which regulates blood pressure, as well as lots of vitamins, principally K and A, as well as folate and choline.1 Choline is the building block of more complex molecules that are important in many steps on our bodies: brain function, mood control, muscle function, Choline is also involved in brain development and the production of neurotransmitters that are necessary for a healthy nervous system, thus helping us in our yoga practice to stay calm and relaxed.
Rahs cup of cauliflower: A Cauliflower a day keeps the doctor away. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, containing some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need including the magic building block choline and lots of antioxidants which keep away free radicals (Free radicals come from normal essential metabolic processes in the human body or from external sources such as exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and industrial chemicals) So between are YogaBears breathing and a cup of cauliflower a day our superpowers are fighting off free radicals.
Look out for more YogaBears easy healthy recipes coming soon, the more we share ideas and inspiration the stronger our superpowers become. Love & light Estelle xxx