Rally up the troops! Sometimes staying healthy requires the help of an entire family. Plus, it’s more fun to get healthy together. If your family is ready to start living a healthier life, commit to this journey together. Whether your goal is a more nutritious diet, a more active lifestyle, or to start spending more quality time together, following these 5 tips can get your family moving in the right direction.
5 Tips to Help Get Healthy as a Family
- Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. Does your family shiver at the thought of counting broccoli as an afterschool snack? When replacing snacks with fruits and veggies, try a more enticing twist. Slice half a banana on a piece of whole wheat bread with almond butter or cut up colorful peppers and serve with hummus.
- Make meals social. Eating while you are distracted often causes you to consume more calories than your body really needs. Instead of assembling in front of the TV or eating on the run, try to designate dinner as a family event. Spend the meal sharing stories and enjoying good company while savoring your food.
- Be active as a family. Find 20 minutes in the day for everyone to take a walk together, kick a soccer ball around the yard, or go to the gym together. If exercising becomes a part of the family’s habit, you will find it easier to make time for it.
- Start every day with breakfast. Sit down and enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with your favorite fruit on top or eggs with veggies cut in. We know getting everyone out of the door in the mornings is often a chaotic activity and breakfast may get overlooked. If you don’t have time to sit down for breakfast, a smoothie is great for on the go! Just add your favorite fruits and vegetables.
- Cut the empty calories. Empty calories often hide in beverages like soda, sweet teas, or sports drinks. Instead of these drinks, encourage your family to replace them with water, low-fat milk, or unsweetened tea. And if you’re ever craving something a little tangier, try infusing water with lemons or cucumbers for a sweeter taste.