It’s not always easy to make healthy choices all the time. A day can start out with good intentions and then end with a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. But that’s okay! Dessert is one of the best parts of the day and it’s totally okay to have sweets every once in a while. And sometimes there is just no time to make that “Quinoa Black Bean Spinach Salad” for dinner before running the kids to their activities so Wendy’s has to suffice. That is okay, too. Being healthy doesn’t mean that you never give your kids French fries; it’s all about incorporating healthy options in each day so that even if you don’t have time to put together a super healthy dinner, everyone’s still getting the nutrients and vitamins they need from a few snacks or other little things that you’ve done throughout the day.
- Simple Swaps. Swap out the fries for apples. Choose a fruit smoothie instead of a milkshake. Get the brown rice instead of white, and choose carrot sticks over chips.
- Stay away from soda. Save soda for special occasions or as a special treat every once in a while. With the massive sugar content it would be so much better to substitute with a fruit juice or water.
- Keep healthy food in reach. Put a bowl of freshly washed fruit on the table. Have a snack drawer available for the kids to get into when they’re hungry, and keep the junk food somewhere that isn’t as easily accessible.
- Prepare it in a creative way. Form carrots and broccoli into a smiley face on a plate, stick melon and grapes on a skewer and serve with a yogurt dip. Even if it’s a food that your kids swear they hate, they may find they enjoy it after seeing it in a new light.
These are just a few tips that I put together. There are endless other new ways to incorporate more fruit and vegetables and other healthy choices into you and your family’s diet.
What are some of your best tips and tricks to get your family to eat healthier? Let me know in the comments!
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