The new year is often a time for us grown ups to set goals for nutrition and fitness. And whether you’re looking to shed a few holiday pounds or are determined to make a general effort to simply eat healthier foods, why not incorporate the whole family into your wellness efforts? Chances are, the rest of your clan probably consumed a few too many candy canes and chocolate bark than you care to admit this holiday season… and probably got used to having lots of sweets around the house.
As you take care to swap the candy for the carrots, the chocolate for the chickpeas, make it a family-wide endeavour.
Here are some ideas:
- Get the whole family involved in a purge of the pantry. Chips, cookies, way-too-old Halloween candy? Get rid of it! Set up a “sweet” bin and recruit everyone to toss the junk food into it. This exercise will also serve as a handy lesson to remind kids what’s healthy, and what’s not (i.e. cherry-flavoured jelly beans don’t count as a serving of fruit!)
- Set a goal together, such as no sweets except on Fridays. Create an incentive for willful participation like a trip to the movies or a favourite restaurant at the end of the month.
- Serve healthy desserts. Really. They don’t have to be difficult or time consuming, and if your kids have come to expect dessert after every dinner, serving up a healthy but tasty option will make you all happy!
Here’s one of our favourites:
Pineapple-Raspberry Yogurt Parfait
- 2 8-ounce containers (2 cups) nonfat peach yogurt
- 1/2 pint fresh raspberries, (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks
So easy! Just divide and layer yogurt, raspberries and pineapple into 4 glasses. The natural sweetness of the fruit will satisfy even the most spirited dessert-cravers!
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