Please join us in this podcast episode of Chatabout Children Podcast as we interview dietician Monica Kubizniak, where we will talk about food fuel for effective learning.
Monica completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2000. Since graduating, she’s worked in community health centers, hospitals, and private practice both here in Australia and overseas. She works pretty tirelessly and gives practical advice on healthy eating to children, adolescents, and adults.
And she also works in the specialty of nutrition in arthritis but does have so many years of experience in weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, food allergies, heart health, and diabetes.
Since Monica is not only a dietician but also a mum to 3 young kids, I was very curious about how she practises her expertise in food and nutrition at home, so that I, myself, and you can do the same at home. In particular, you’ll learn:
- Monica’s background and how she fell in love with nutrition and being a dietician from a lecture in college.
- The biggest challenge she experienced fuelling her 3 children.
- Why she advises parents against cooking more than one meal for families with more than one child.
- How she teaches and encourages her kids to listen to what their bodies are telling them — to cues — about fuelling and refueling themselves that they will bring with them when they become adolescents.
- What are the best foods to give your preschool or school-age child for learning, concentration, and attention.
- What’s a typical day like for a dietician with three kids. The actual food she prepares for her kids’ breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.
- What are the common culprits that we find in the lunch box of a typical Australian child.
- How to cope with the imperfect days when you don’t have time to buy or prepare healthy food for your child.
- What everyone should know about the harmful effect of nitrates in your body and the healthier options available in the market.
Monica’s Top After School or Morning Tea Snack Ideas for Kids
When I asked Monica about her top 3 healthy snack ideas to prepare for kids, she gave me more than 3, which is amazing. Here are her top 7 snack ideas:
- Whole grain toast with toppings like avocado, baked beans, egg or peanut butter
- Savory muffins
- Mini frittatas
- Smoothies with low-fat milk and fruits
- Soups – chicken and veggie or lentil and veggie
“We want them (kids today) to have free play, and be able to just let their minds release and come up with imaginative stories and games. But you need to really have nutritious food to do that.”
According to Monica if you are looking for tips on food fuelling, these days, just doing a simple Google search with these key terms will give you tons of amazing information and resources:
- Healthy eating for children
- Fuelling children for an activity
- Lunchbox ideas for kids