While New Year’s Resolutions may be popular with many, in my opinion there’s no better time than spring to make healthy changes to your family’s lifestyle. Kids are getting more exercise, fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance and an increase in sunshine has most people feeling positive and motivated. Getting healthy has never been easier!
But there’s no need to try to overhaul your family’s entire lifestyle all at once. Many times making small, sustainable changes to your family’s diet can have big results over time and are far easier to keep up long-term. Here are three easy dietary substitutions you can make that will have your family eating and feeling better:
Whole-Wheat Bread instead of White
If you’re still sending your kids off to school with a white bread sandwich every day, resolve to stop buying white bread once and for all and try whole-wheat bread or another type of whole-grain bread instead. You’ll be ensuring your kids get extra fibre and essential nutrients along with energy-providing complex carbohydrates. If your kids complain about the switch, try whole-wheat wraps or hamburger buns to keep lunches interesting.
Water instead of Soda or Juice
Most people know that sugary, carbonated beverages aren’t very healthy but in reality, 100% fruit juice isn’t a whole lot better. In fact, 100% apple juice can contain up to 10 tsp. of sugar per serving, the same amount as in an equal amount of cola! But the real danger of sugar-filled beverages such as soda and juice is that we don’t feel as full after consuming liquid calories. Numerous studies have found that consuming liquid calories leaves humans feeling less satisfied than consuming an equal amount of solid calories. Start your kids off with healthy habits by making water the beverage of choice in your household. Choosing sparkling water or adding a wedge of lemon can go a long way towards making the beverage appealing to your child.
Baked Instead of Fried
Everyone loves the crispy and delicious flavour of fried food but the amount of fat and calories the popular cooking process adds to meals can wreak havoc on your family’s health. That doesn’t mean you need to give up French fries, Southern fried chicken or other family favourites though! There are tons of recipes available online and in cookbooks of healthier baked versions of your favourite fried foods that will let your family indulge without the added fat.
As you’re making healthy changes, don’t forget to ensure that your kids have all the essential nutrients they need with a great vitamin like IronKids Gummies Vitamins. They’re a great way to make sure that even on a busy day when your child might not eat right, they’re still getting important vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D, Calcium and Omega-3.
What’s your favourite healthy eating tip?