“Raising kids is easy!” — said no one ever. It’s hard, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. We know you work hard to be a role model for your kids. You teach them how to make healthy choices, you show them the importance of being active, and much more.
Here are five ways you can help your child to learn the importance of eating healthy and being active.
1. Exercise With Your Kids
One of the many benefits of working out at home is that your kids can see you pushing yourself, getting sweaty, and reaching for goals. Try the Kids and Family Collection on Beachbody On Demand: The workouts are curated mix of cardio and low-impact family workouts, like Tony Horton’s Tony and the Kids to Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club and Rockin’ Body. There’s something for your whole tribe. A yoga fan? Teach your kids to love it, too, by channeling their creativity into poses like “invisible chair” and “happiest baby.” The important thing is to make exercise FUN!
2. Bring Your Kids to the Grocery Store
Healthy eating starts at home, so make sure to fill your kitchen with healthy foods and keep the essentials stocked. Put healthy snacks on the counter and keep the not-so-healthy treats in the cupboard.
And yes, we know, taking the wee ones to the store can test anyone’s patience, but with a few smart grocery store survival tips, you can get in and out in a flash!
@Ninapears is setting an example for her son by filling her cart with fruits and veggies. Looks like her kiddo is onboard — literally!
3. Cook With Your Kids
Eating out and ordering takeout are fun treats every now and then, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal. 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese and her son, Dom, have fun in the kitchen making healthy meals and holiday treats.
4. Pack Healthy Lunches and Snacks
Healthy food can help kids perform their best in school and on the playground! That’s why Autumn Calabrese packs healthy lunches for her son, like a sandwich made with all-natural organic turkey, provolone cheese, and mustard on Ezekiel toast, mixed organic berries, broccoli, and mixed almonds and cashews with coconut pieces covered in dark chocolate. Y-U-M.
But every parent knows that getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a challenge. One way to get them onboard is to let them be a part of the process. Isabelle Daikeler, Creator of Daily Sunshine and Co-Creator of Shakeology, encourages her and Carl’s son to take an active role in meal prep: “I involve him in the kitchen so he is involved with cutting and prepping and deciding which container he’ll use for his snacks tomorrow,” she says.
If that’s not enough incentive for your little one, then a Daily Sunshine shake is a tasty way to introduce kids to nutritious foods. This new shake was created with kids in mind: It provides fruits and veggies, plant-based protein, and healthy fats in two kid-approved flavors —chocolate and strawberry banana.
“Every afternoon my son and I each have a chocolate or strawberry banana Daily Sunshine. The best part is, it’s not a battle, he asks for it,” says Isabelle. “Sometimes I even make Daily Sunshine a reward for eating a small bowl of veggies! How about that for a healthy incentive?”
For another healthy, no-cook snack option, pack something easy and fun like a fruits and nuts snack box:
NOTE: While Portion Fix containers are a convenient way to pack children’s lunches, but kids should not follow the meal plan or portion sizes.
Photo by Amanda Meixner
5. Make Holidays & Celebrations Healthy
Holidays and celebrations are about family, friends, and fun. OK, and eating, too. Make your next get-together nutritious and delicious with treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty or fill your little ones with sugar. Try one (or all!) of these dessert ideas to get you started.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie (who needs cake when you can have PIE?!)
13 Healthy Halloween Treats (hello, candy corn popsicles and banana ghosts!)
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