A child’s health should be any parent’s priority. With the new year coming up, it’s the perfect time to make a change. Why not set a resolution for someone else this year, and vow to make your children’s lives healthier? Every parent has the best intentions, but time constraints and practicality sometimes mean they don’t work out. How often have you opted for a frozen meal, instead of cooking fresh? Making the following changes will help towards a healthier lifestyle for your family.
REPLACE UNHEALTHY FOOD
A good starting step is to replace any of the unhealthy foods your children are so attached to. Do this item by item so that the change isn’t such a drastic one. For example, replace crisps with bags of dried fruit. Replace fizzy drinks or high sugar fruit juices with 0% trans fat natural coconut water. Your children will resent the changes at first. Wait until they’re used to one new food before introducing the next. If they don’t like one change, try another. If the don’t like coconut water, try squash instead. If they don’t like fruit, try them on baked crisps with less fat. The key is compromise. Eventually, they might start picking healthier options over the foods they know.
GET THEM EXCITED ABOUT HEALTHY FOOD
As well as introducing healthier snacks, you’ll need to present healthy meals. Cut out processed foods wherever possible and get to grips with recipes that cover their major food groups. Getting the kids excited about the new foods they’re trying will make your job a lot easier. Do this by allowing them to see you enjoying those foods. It can also help to make a game of trying new things. Why not do a blind taste test and see what they enjoy? Include foods they know, so they're not rejecting new foods just because they’re unfamiliar. Avoid healthy options you already know your children won’t enjoy. Children are unforgiving. Trying a new food they don’t enjoy can block them off from trying anything else. However you choose to make the introductions, keep things positive!
WALK INSTEAD OF DRIVING