4 Healthy Cakes Your Kids Will Love

Caramel pannacotta served with violet flowers and vintage spoons over gray textile.Robert from Way of Martial Arts shared that there’s this belief that eating cakes is unhealthy. Because of that, most people often limit the way they consume them. While eating too much cake is very unhealthy, you need to understand that some cakes are healthy for your kids to consume.

One of the benefits of eating healthy cakes is that it can help to improve digestion. Apart from that, healthy cakes can also provide you and your kids with enough energy to get through the rest of the day.

Although there are a lot of cakes out there, only a few of them are healthy for kids. One of them is Flan, a sponge base cake that’s highly favored across several European countries. This cake provides several essential nutrients, including protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, and saturated fats.

As you read the rest of this post, Robert further shares with you the list of four healthy cakes that you can consider getting for your kids.

Flan

Flan is one of the healthy cakes that you can consider getting for your kids. Flan cake is a type of dish that’s made to have a sponge base, containing a sweet and savory filling. Sometimes, people also call Flan a custard cake.

Flan cake is popular across several countries in the world, including Spain, Germany, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Furthermore, Flan cakes are available in several types.

For instance, there are a couple of sugar-free protein-rich flan products out there. A good example is Keto Flan. The tasty creamy custard is known to be delicious and offers low calories, carbohydrates, and fat.

Another health benefit of Keto flan cake is that it’s high in protein and formulated without polyols. You can check here to get more information regarding the product and its recipes. Read more

Not Just ADHD?

The CDC shared that many children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have other concerns or disorders. Recognizing symptoms of different disorders and finding ways to help children can be a challenge for families. Learn more about how to help children who have ADHD and other disorders.

Is it ADHD?

It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends.

A child with ADHD might

  • daydream a lot
  • forget or lose things a lot
  • squirm or fidget
  • talk too much
  • make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
  • have a hard time resisting temptation
  • have trouble taking turns
  • have difficulty getting along with others

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Childhood Obesity

College of DuPage Nursing Student  Savita Paneru researched for Healthy Lombard that the causes of obesity are both genetic and biological in origin. If one parent is obese there is a 50 percent chance that he or she will be obese, if both parents are obese, there is an 80 percent chance that their children will be obese (CDC,2021). Non-genetic causes of pediatric obesity include poor eating habits, binge-eating, lack of exercise, and family history of obesity. Depression and social-emotional problems can contribute to obesity. Stress in the home may affect the child, such as from parents who argue or abuse in the family. If the child is not able to talk to someone for support outside the home, they will find a way to distract themselves by eating too much (CDC, 2021).  Because of mobile phones and television children spend less time outside playing and more time sitting in their room, watching television, and end up gaining weight.

There are a number of risks and complications of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, breathing problems, sleeping problems (CDC, 2021). Diabetes is the number one risk associated with childhood obesity, almost 50 percent of obese children are diagnosed with diabetes (CDC, 2021). Excess fat affects the arteries and causes difficulty in blood flow, contributing to heart problems in adulthood. Obesity not only affects the child physically but also emotionally, making it difficult for the child to have peers to play with at times.

To consider the physical cause of obesity, obese children need a complete evaluation by their pediatrician. In the absence of a physical cause, the only way to lose weight is to decrease extra calories by increasing physical activity. In children, it is easy to increase physical activity by playing outdoor games, like badminton, soccer, or running. When these activities are fun, they are more enjoyable. Kids have a habit of eating snacks more consistently, and excess weight may be prevented by limiting these snacks. Also, parents should never use food as a reward. Healthy habits such as walking and running will encourage children to appreciate these activities and enjoy doing them.

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Did You Paint Your Pumpkin Teal?

Born out of one mom’s desire to help ensure that children with food allergies would not feel left out on Halloween, the Teal Pumpkin Project®, now in its eighth year as a national awareness campaign led by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).  This movement has spread everywhere, reaching millions across the U.S. and beyond in an effort to help create a happier, safer Halloween for all.

The Halloween trick-or-treating tradition for millions of children with food allergies and their parents can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many candies that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat. FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety and inclusion for all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to provide non-food treats on Halloween. A pumpkin painted teal, the color for food allergy awareness, signals that children will find a fun, non-food treat that anyone can enjoy.

“One in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years,” said Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE. “It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously. The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded. We would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block – and it’s a terrific way for communities to come together to celebrate inclusion.”

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How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

All Things for Kids shared with Healthy Lombard that most parents would agree that establishing healthy sleep habits is essential for growing kids. But how much do you really know about sleep? How much sleep do kids really need, and what’s the impact if they miss out on an hour or even half an hour?

Most that establishing healthy sleep habits is essential for growing kids. But how much do you really know about sleep? How much sleep do kids really need, and what’s the impact if they miss an hour or even half an hour?

Kids need different amounts of sleep, depending on how old they are, to support their mental and physical development. Sleep allows our bodies to absorb new information and solidify long-term memories. While we rest at night, our bodies work on muscle development, tissue growth, and organ repair and our brains eliminate disease causing-toxins.

Science shows that kids thrive on a regular bedtime routine. When children get the sleep they need, there are boatloads of benefits, including better memory, better behavior, better school performance, and a healthier immune system.  Read more

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Pediatric Pandemic Pounds

College of DuPage Nursing Student Christian M. Olea-Urrutia researched for Healthy Lombard that physical exercise is beneficial to the development and health benefits of children. With obesity trends raising in America and multiple barriers hindering the goal of achieving physical activity, one more barrier that has been added to the long list is the global COVID-19 pandemic. Extracurricular activities were completely canceled in 2020 through the early months of 2021, and this was compounded by e-learning and a lack of P.E. classes. Regardless of individual opinions behind the decision to isolate and social distance, one fact is true, kids still need to play.

From the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2021a) website, for children ages, 2-19 years of age, the prevalence of obesity includes 19.3% or 20% of pediatric individuals, or one in every five children who are currently obese. The numbers reflect those kids with a BMI in the 95th percentile or greater (CDC, 2021b). This does not include those children who are considered overweight, which involves a BMI in the 85% to 95% percentile range. To prevent childhood overweight and obesity, it is important for parents to find ways to engage children in play and activities. The challenging part is figuring out a way to do this while making it enjoyable for both parents and children.

Good examples in the past year and a half, come from parents of families who have been forced into an e-learning situation. They have been transformed into homeroom teachers, lunchroom attendants, and P.E. instructors. The pressure has been put on the parents, on how to engage children in physical activity.  They were judicial in spacing out time spent in sedentary activities, to those time in active play. In large part because the parents were tired of being cooped inside the house as well. Midday playtime being allowed in the middle of the “E-Lerner” school day was beneficial to give the mentally fatigued student. In another post “school day” playtime session, most parents, find it helpful to give their children time away from a computer screen. With Zoom, and homework being digital, screen time exposure to children has drastically increased. Read more

5 REASONS KIDS NEED FLU SHOTS EVERY YEAR

Olanrewaju Falusi, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s National and Medical Director for Advocacy Education at Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) and an Assistant Director for the LAUnCH Track in the Pediatric Residency Program wrote for “Rise and Shine” that fall is in full swing, which means kids are back in school and it’s time for your family to prepare for the flu vaccine.

Every year, I give the flu vaccine to dozens of kids at Children’s National Health System. Most parents are happy to have their child get the flu shot, but some have questions about side effects, the safety of the vaccine, and if it’s really effective.

Flusi reassures parents by telling them that there’s a unified voice amongst pediatricians: The best way to protect your child from getting sick from the flu is to get them vaccinated against the flu each year. I also proudly show my patients the colorful Band-Aid on my arm the day I get my flu vaccine each year, and I share with them why my husband and young daughter also get the flu vaccine. Here are five reasons why the flu shot is essential for children – even for those who are generally healthy:

1. The flu makes kids very sick

Flu season runs from October to May and the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated. Why? The flu isn’t just a bad cold; it’s a deadly and highly contagious illness that causes the most harm to kids. The flu can have your child in bed for a whole week or more with a fever, painful cough, and body aches. Even worse, the flu can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, hospitalization, and severe dehydration. Every year, about 20,000 kids younger than 5 years old are hospitalized with complications from the flu. Read more

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