As you know, we at Gasol Foundation stand for a healthy diet, coupled with routine physical activity, both which are key to children staying healthy. But, how exactly can we define a healthy diet, and what are the benefits for children? These are among the questions which were asked at the first 2016-2017 family nutrition workshop at L’Esport SUMA. Don’t miss all the details!
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF A BALANCED DIET?
Our nutritionist began the session by talking with all of the families in order to highlight the differences between an unhealthy diet and a rich and balanced diet which provides children with the energy they need. While a diet made up of food with little nutritional value negatively affects children’s growth and brain development, a complete, balanced and varied diet allows for children to properly grow and develop, as well as keeps bodily defenses strong to protect against common diseases, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, among other things.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘DIET’ AND ‘NUTRITION’
Another key concept that our team wanted to get across during the workshop was that of the difference between the words “diet” and “nutrition.” Many people believe them to be synonyms when, in reality, although related, they are two very different concepts. While “diet” refers to the intake of any type of food (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, pastries, dairy, foods high in sugar, etc.), “nutrition” refers to the process undergone by this food in the body, which upon digestion, turns into lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc.
It’s important to know that a balanced diet, which guarantees a good health, is that which is made up of foods rich in nutritional value so that we can make sure to obtain all of the nutrients which our body needs.
HEALTHY EATING IS MORE FUN WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY
Vegetables can be our best ally when it comes to cooking healthy foods for our children. Although many times, children might be hesitant to try them because they think they won’t like the taste, we can begin my mixing them with other foods that they know and like. On this occasion, the families of L’Esport SUMA prepared together a very simple and healthy recipe, perfect for getting youngsters to eat their vegetables: corn tortilla wraps with vegetables (carrot, lettuce, mushrooms), cheese and turkey.
Remember that everyone, regardless of age, can help out in the kitchen while having fun. While the children helped by washing the vegetables and putting everything on the plate, the adults helped by cutting up the ingredients. It’s also important for adults to explain to children the nutritional value of the different foods, and describe to them their flavor, color and smell, so that little by little they familiarize themselves with the different foods and learn about nutrition.
After a session of working and laughing together, the families were hungry and eager to try the recipe they cooked. Can you guess what was the best part of the workshop? Tasting the food! Everyone loved the wrap, even the most demanding youngsters!