If there is one thing I am grateful about this pregnancy is that I am very much into eating home-cooked meals. This pregnancy has pushed me to choose foods that are healthier and more beneficial for me and my baby. These days, I crave for dishes that are packed with vegetables like Kare-Kare and Laing.
I also prefer fish like milkfish (bangus) and salmon over pork or beef. I am averted to dining at fast-food restaurants, which I think is very good for the baby. Being a sweet tooth, I seldom crave for sweets, which is again different from my first pregnancy experience.
Noa benefits a lot from this change of lifestyle as a result of my decision as the family’s meal planner. For this reason, I believe that a child’s eating habit is greatly influenced by the foods we prepare in our kitchen.
There’s a saying that we cannot give what we do not have. Applying the same principle, we cannot pass on our children the importance of eating healthy if we ourselves as adults do not do so. We cannot require them to eat vegetables and fruits if we ourselves are not “fans” of them.
In this wired generation where everything happens in a click of a button, it is very easy for us to find foods such as snacks that are labelled as “instant” and “ready-to-eat.” The problem with this “easy food preparation” promise, even fruits, which only require peeling and slicing, might seem too much of an inconvenience.
I love pineapples but I dread its thorny leaves and rough skin! I am glad because I can just keep cans of Del Monte pineapple on my pantry all year round. A can of Del Monte pineapple is very versatile since you can use it to make all kinds of food for your family—appetizer, main course, beverage and desserts! I know you will also agree with me that Del Monte pineapple has a consistent taste, which means you need not worry about the burning or itching sensation you get when you eat pineapples in random! Del Monte pineapples are picked and packed on the same day to ensure the lock-in of vitamins and minerals in each can.
In a study conducted by Dr. Leonora Panlasigui of the Philippine Women’s University’s School of Nutrition, it was found out that adding two servings of Del Monte Pineapples to the daily diet of her young participants greatly improved each child’s overall immunity. This research has proven that daily pineapple consumption can boost a child’s resistance against illness.
The study showed a 27 percent increase in the production of granulocytes—a type of white blood cell vital to combating diseases—in children who ate two servings of pineapple a day. The result is reduced recovery time from bacterial and viral infections.
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“Even a single serving of fruit a day could make all the difference with your child’s health,” says Dr. Panlasigui. “One serving is good, but the general consensus recommends two servings a day. It’s easy to build a fun, tasty habit with the kids that will benefit them in the long run.”
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Indeed, healthy eating starts at home. As parents, we can teach and lead our children by setting a good example by choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. We are what we eat. What we eat determines our health. And our health will define how productive, successful and happy we will be in this life. Life is composed of memories. It is up to us what kind of childhood memories we wish our kids to have—that of a fun time at the playground exploring a new world, or a tearful one in lying in bed of sickness.