3 Sneaky Ways to Improve the Health of Your Kids
By Genevieve Cunningham
One of the only things we really want for our kids is for them to be healthy and happy. We don't care what they wear or what sports they play. We don't care what kind of hobbies they enjoy. We just want to help them live their best life. Unfortunately, kids sometimes make this difficult. It seems like when they know something is healthy, they don't want anything to do with it. French fries over carrot sticks, rights? That's why, when it comes to keeping your kids healthy, you may have to learn how to be sneaky. If you're on a quest to keep your kids as healthy as possible, take a look at these three ways to push them toward better health without them even knowing it.
Disguise the Vegetables
Vegetables are an important part of any diet. Of course, when kids see vegetables, they automatically turn away. Veggies? No way! To make sure they're still getting the benefits that these foods can bring, just hide or disguise them. If you're making a dish, cop them up very small and mix them in. If the veggies are a side, drown them in sauce, cheese, or dressing. As your kids become used to it, cut back on the extra until it's almost all veggies and very little sauce. It might take some creativity and effort, but it can absolutely work to get your kid's diet on track.
Flavor the Water
Water, for some crazy reason, is the most unappealing thing on the earth to many kids. They'll complain constantly about drinking something with no flavor. About drinking something without bubbles. About drinking something without sugar. If this is a struggle in your home, make the water more appealing. Buy a sugar-free powder to flavor the water. Cut up fruits and infuse them into the water. If we make the water look more appealing and add a tiny bit of flavor, we may be able to get kids on board to keep them healthy and hydrated.
Get Active Together
Kids are going to do exactly what they see you do. If you sit in front of the TV all day, they will too. If you're active, they're more likely to be active as well. Get up and get active together! Go on family walks and bike rides. Go to the park together. Play outdoor games together. This will get your children up and moving, and it will bring some activity into your own life as well.
Keeping your kids healthy isn't the easiest thing to do, but it's really important. And once we get them started down a healthy path, they're more likely to continue it as they get older. Use these tips to sneak healthy habits into their lives, and you'll be setting your children up on the right path for years to come.
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