Having kids is a mammoth task. From the moment your little bundle of joy comes into your life you will have an immense sense of responsibility that you never had before.
Keeping yourself and your kids healthy and happy throughout life is a big challenge – and today we want to talk to you about how you can do this with your kids this winter.
Keep everyone in the family healthy and strong this winter with these simple tips.
Hidden vegetable sauce
One of the easiest ways to keep the kids healthy without them eating dreaded vegetables is to hide them within a pasta sauce. A simple pasta sauce could be made like this.
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 1 celery stick
- 1 red pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 200g spinach
- 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Mixed herbs
- Chop up all of the vegetables into chunks. They don’t have to be too small because we will blend this later.
- In a pan with oil, sweat the onion, carrot, and celery for 5-8 minutes. Add the pepper and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add herbs and chopped tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
- Stir in the spinach – then cool and blend! That’s 7 veggies in 1!
Play sports together
A great way to keep the kids healthy and strong this year is to play sports with them in the garden or local park. If you still have space in your backyard, you can even set up a volleyball training machine or a tennis ball feeder so they can use something to play with.
Not only will this keep you fit but it will allow your child to learn hand-eye coordination and help them improve their sporting skills.
Teach them yoga
Yoga is a brilliant tool to use as a fun family activity on a lazy Sunday.
Yoga is able to help teach the kids how to balance, help strengthen their muscles, and improve their posture. Start with a mindful breathing exercise and go into some simple yoga poses while watching a movie on the TV.
Kids will likely find yoga fun because it is like a game, and this is a good way to encourage them and you to stay active and healthy.
Cook healthier lunches
Lunchboxes are the bane of an adult’s life. Knowing what to cook for your kids can be a challenge and we all know how challenging healthy lunches can be to maintain.
However, simple things such as veggie filled wraps with houmous; pizza fillings; or even burrito ingredients can be a good way to get those veggies into your child and cut down on carb-filled bread.
Provide ready-made fruit
Whenever you go to the store and do your big family shop, come back and spend an hour preparing your produce to store in the fridge.
At all ages, we know how annoying it can be to want a snack and for the only good option to be crisps or chocolate. To encourage better eating – dice up fruit and place it ready in the fridge for snack time. Preparing your fruit will make life easier and will ensure that when anyone is hungry they reach for this rather than stodgy foods.