Busy families may struggle to keep kids energized with healthy food. Nicolette Blanco, a certified health coach, returns to Stearns Farm on Aug. 17, from 6:30-7:30 pm, for a discussion about how food affects children’s mood, concentration and physical well-being .

Parents with children of all ages–from toddlers to teens–can learn how to incorporate whole foods into a healthy family lifestyle. Blanco will answer questions and provide several simple recipes for meals and smoothies.”Many parents are surprised by how directly proper nutrition and gut health affect children’s mental and emotional status,” says Blanco. “What’s more, the environment that feeds our children is as important as what they eat.”

Blanco will also review the labels on some packaged snacks that are promoted as “health foods” for kids. “People are often surprised when we look at the actual ingredients of these foods,” Blanco says. “We’ll explore the hidden issues with them and discuss healthier alternatives. We can rethink the idea of “treats” for kids.”

Participants should bring materials for taking notes. A $5 donation is requested. Sign up at http://goo.gl/que3I4.

Stearns Farm reserves the right to cancel an event if fewer than five participants sign up to attend.