Stick to a schedule. Keeping regular mealtimes and bedtimes all year-round is a must. Regular meals will help to keep bellies full and the kids out of the cookie jar, while adequate sleep helps to recharge their growing bodies.
Get kids in the kitchen! Cooking with your kids sets the stage for better eating habits later in life, and it’s also a fun way to spend quality time together! Kids are also more likely to try new foods if they help prepare them. Younger children can count ingredients and stir, while older children can measure and chop with supervision.
Try some of these delicious, kid-friendly recipes!
Get real. Choose more whole and minimally processed foods over more processed options. For example, try apple slices or grapes instead of gummy fruit snacks or homemade baked potato fries instead of potato chips. A good rule-of-thumb is to choose whole foods at least 80% of the time and save the other 20% for summer splurges. Keep healthy snacks, like low-fat string cheese, pre-cut fruits and veggies and granola bars within kid’s reach in the refrigerator and pantry for mid-day snack attacks.
Move more! Incorporate at least one hour of physical activity into each day. Go swimming, go for a bike ride, go to the playground or local park, play outdoor games – the possibilities are endless! And as always, make it fun and don’t forget the sunscreen!
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