It’s that time of year again. The new school year is upon us. Amidst your frantic trips to the store to buy school supplies and new clothes for the kids it’s easy to forget about staying healthy. And if you think you are the only one this happens to, don’t worry you’re not. Within the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to forget about nourishing your body the right way sometimes. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your kids (and you) healthy for the new school year ahead!
1. Limit the Screen time.
Technology is everywhere. It is true that 24/7 technology will be present in your life in some shape or form, and will influence or form our habits. But, it is best to try and limit these habits. They promote a lifestyle with less movement and activity, this has been shown to lead to increased obesity and cardiovascular disease. The use of technology should be limited, and especially when it comes to your children! You want to make sure your children stay active and healthy, and a good way to do this is to limit the amount they use technological appliances.
2. Eat Fruits and Vegetables with Every Meal!
This is very important. One major aspect of staying healthy is to introduce nutrient-rich raw foods into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and essential nutrients to enrich and keep the body functioning properly and get it to its best potential. Introduce a daily intake of fruits and vegetables into your child’s life. Make fruits and vegetables fun, start by implementing them as small snacks into every meal period throughout the day, and then as the kids catch on to how delicious they can be, start utilizing a plethora of fruits and veggies as main-course meals.
3. The Most Important Meal of the Day: Breakfast.
Sticking with the food theme is so easy when it comes to talking about being healthy, so we have to mention breakfast. Breakfast is very important and can be critical to starting your child’s day off on the right foot. Make sure you are supplying them with a nutrient-rich breakfast including lots of carbohydrates and various essential vitamins. Don’t just overload on one thing. For example, a breakfast with fresh fruit, cereal and yogurt (for probiotics) can really be a game changer as your child heads back into the busy time the school year provides.