4 Ways to Live Healthier This Year
The other day, I was complaining to a friend about how much junk food my kids eat. Her reply? “Well, you’re the one that brings it home and gives it to them.” It was eye opening!
Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m the one who does the grocery shopping and meal planning. Unfortunately, I shop more for what the kids “want” than what the kids need. Here are four things that I am implementing in our home this year to help us live healthier.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
If your kids are anything like mine, they want to snack all day long. Instead of giving them fruit snacks or potato chips, why not make fruits and veggies more available?
Shop for produce that is in season to save money. If you aren’t sure what’s in season (I never know), eattheseasons.com tells what is season by month.
Often times, I’ll check prices on frozen produce too. Things like berries are often less expensive if you buy them frozen. And they act as natural ice cubes in water!
Reorganize Your Kitchen
I recently organized my pantry and refrigerator, making healthy snack alternatives more accessible to the kids.
We currently have lots of snacks in the house that aren’t healthy. Things like cookies, chips, and other snacks went to higher shelves they can’t reach. These snacks will be reserved as a special treat until they are gone; I don’t plan buying them anymore.
Healthy snack choices (fruit, string cheese, raisins, natural granola bars and such) remain on shelves the kids can access. If they want a snack, the only options they have are to pick ones that are good for them.
Quit Buying Junk Food!
As my friend told me, if you don’t buy it, they can’t eat it. Stop buying snacks that aren’t good for them (or you!). No more carbonated sodas, snacks with artificial flavors, and no more high fructose corn syrup.
Although it can be time consuming, there are some snacks you can make that will last all week. This recipe for Layered Hummus is a favorite at our home. This recipe for Banana Apple Sammies is also a favorite. Both of these recipes are kid friendly and they can even help you make them.
Ask the Kids For Their Input
When I explained to the kids that we wanted to start eating and living in a more healthy way, they all had ideas for things we could do. Ethan said instead of juice we could put pieces of oranges and apples in our water. Lila wanted to play outside more. Little Mia thought it would be fun to help me cook dinners.
The point is that we asked them to “own” it along with us. When they asked for pizza the other day, we looked up recipes online for ideas to make a healthy pizza. Later, instead of watching a movie, we all went outside and played soccer.