Get Kids On Board with New Year’s Resolutions
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The first day of 2016 is getting close now. Will you make a Resolution? As adults, many of us get excited about setting a ‘better me’ goal for the New Year. What about the kids, though? For them, it’s a great time to try a healthier habit, too, practice it every day and reward their success.
Realistic Healthy Eating Resolutions for Kids
- I will help Mom pack my lunchbox with a fruit or vegetable. For example, cucumber slices, grapes, canned peaches, raisins or baby carrots. Find more easy lunchbox ideas here.
- I will drink water or 1% milk with dinner. Look here for my recipe for an Easy Green Smoothie.
- I will have fruit for dessert 3 times a week. For example, canned pineapple tidbits, a Clementine orange, cut-up cantaloupe or fresh apple salad (see recipe below).
- I will try a new food once a week. For example, kiwifruit, tiny sweet pepper, brown rice, canned salmon or popcorn without a lot of butter.
- I will help Mom plan and cook one healthy dinner a week. For example, blueberry pancakes + scrambled eggs + fruit salad + 1% milk. Or, chicken fajitas + black beans + sliced avocados + salsa + 1% milk.
How to Help Kids Succeed with their Healthy Eating Resolutions
- Write it down. Kids who are old enough will want to write down their own resolution/goal with artistic flair. Kids who are not old enough will need a parent’s help.
- Post it in plain view. Time to get out the masking tape or command strip and post the handwritten resolution. Make it as visible as possible in the bedroom, kitchen or living room.
- Practice, practice, practice. Gently remind kids to put their new goal into action. Do what you can to stock up on the kinds of foods to make their new goal easier to reach. A chart will help kids visualize their progress day-by-day.
- Reward time. Now it’s time to reward healthier habits. Come up with something special for a week of healthier eating. A trip to the roller rink, a new art supply or a sleepover with a good friend will be great incentives. A big, sloppy hot fudge sundae – not so much. Ha ha!
Fresh Apple Salad
This is a great ‘go to’ side dish or sweet dessert for any meal! Kids can help by washing the apples, squeezing the lemon, stirring and sprinkling the cinnamon, with supervision.
Makes 4 servings
3 medium Apples, any kind, any color
1 teaspoon Lemon juice, squeezed from a fresh lemon
3/4 cup, 6 ounce cup Lemon or lime yogurt, made from nonfat milk
¼ cup Plain yogurt, made from nonfat milk
¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon (optional)
- Wash apples and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Cut apples in half. Cut in half again.
- Remove core and seeds from apples.
- Cut apples into bite-size pieces and place into a medium or large bowl.
- Squeeze lemon juice all over the apple pieces. Stir up with a big spoon.
- Measure and add yogurt (both kinds) to the apples. Stir gently.
- Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the salad.
Calories per serving: 80
Will you join your kids with a healthy eating resolution in 2016?