Heart Health for the Family
Since February is American Heart Month and full of heart-shaped goodies everywhere you look, it is also a great time to teach your young ones of the importance of keeping the heart healthy! Here are some fun and colorful ways to add increase your family’s fruit and veggie intake and make everyone’s heart smile this month.
1. Look for the Heart! Strawberries, raspberries, and even cherries are naturally heart-shaped. They also contain powerful antioxidants that will help keep your family’s heart healthy. And, letting your child dip them into melted dark chocolate will add some additional antioxidants while adding the fun.
2. Make a Colorful Heart. Allow your child to choose different colored fruits and vegetables and create a heart on their plate. Cut up red peppers, orange or yellow carrots, green grapes, blueberries, and purple cabbage and let your child put the food together to create a ROY G BIV heart!
3. Shapes for the Heart. Let your child play with their food and make some fun shapes! What about a fruit and vegetable flower arrangement? Set a celery stalk on a plate and place cut up apple slices and clementine oranges around the top to design a tasty flower! Or, make fruit and vegetable bugs as a family by using this easy recipe! Another favorite of ours is making apple donuts with this recipe:
Whatever you choose to do, just adding more fruits and veggies to your family’s diet will help keep your hearts healthy. Feel free to share the fun ways you and your family have incorporated more fruits and veggies into your diet on our social media accounts!
As you set your New Year’s Goals, don’t forget the young ones in your home. Be an awesome role model, and don’t forget to include them in your activities! We have included a couple of ideas of “achievable New Year’s Goals” for 2020 as reported by Good Housekeeping:
Break From School, Not Fitness
With the low temperatures and break from school, it can be easy to curl up with a blanket and watch hours of Disney+ as a family. However, just because there is a change in the normal daily routine, there doesn’t need to be a break in the fitness regime! We have included some fun ways to stay active during this winter break!
Thanksgiving is a time where food is often more plentiful than usual. Meals may include many more side dish options and lots of tasty desserts. With all the excess food, it is important to remember that children have little tummies. They need smaller portions to start.
A good rule of thumb is 1 Tbsp for every year of age. Encourage kids to try the main parts of the meal before moving onto dessert, but avoid rules around eating vegetables to get to dessert. Save beverages for after the meal and keep the choices healthy. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
#ICYMI: With Halloween coming to a close, the Halloween and holiday season can seem difficult to keep your family’s health goals in mind. Halloween is a fun holiday meant to be enjoyed, not feared (well, not always). Let’s Move! STL is brought you our best tips to keep this Halloween safe and healthy. Take a look at our Halloween tips to prepare for next year!