Keeping Kids Healthy Over Christmas
Let’s be honest, when parents think about Christmas, two things immediately come to mind; Santa, and food. Not to mention the underlying element of panic that may or may not occur.
It’s a time when rules tend to go out and the window, and it can become particularly tricky to monitor what kids eat. So how can you keep your kids healthy over the holidays?
Prepare snacks in advance
The Christmas holidays are very social, which can often mean eating out or rushing from one occasion to the next. However, it can be tricky finding something healthy when you’re on the go, and at this time of year, there are even more sugary treats around than usual. Consider making snacks before you head out so that you avoid situations in which you might have to impulse-buy lunch or morning tea. Not only is homemade usually healthier, but it’s also cheaper! Here are some healthy food ideas for kids you might like to consider.
Get them out and about
Literally, anything outside is physically better for your kids than sitting indoors watching TV all day. Trips to the park, father/son jogs, bike riding, or any other variety of outdoor activities will not only burn some of their energy, but keep them fit as well! If you’re near any sort of bushland, bush walking is something that I’ve found the whole family can enjoy, although different walks may be less or more appropriate for certain aged kids.
Make presents ‘outdoorsy’
Christmas can be a great time to get your kids up and moving (and quickly). If you create a scavenger hunt situation for their present’s in your garden or local park, they’ll be running around in no time! This is a good tactic for engaging them in physical activity without actually letting them know that this is the purpose.
Incentivise with other things
If your kids are into gadgets, then you’re actually in luck! Fitbits, apple watches, and various other wearables are great for encouraging your kids to be active throughout the holiday break. Also, there’s a bit of motivation for you to get involved too. If you’ve got life insurance, some providers incentivise with wearables – which is a nice bonus for you if you want to take part in exercising as well.
Monitor their presents
Often it can be easy for distant relatives or family friends to give children chocolate or lollies for Christmas. It’s often fairly cheap, and is usually an easy win, but isn’t the best for your kids’ diets and can be hard to keep track of! It might be a good idea to let relatives know that you aren’t comfortable with sugary presents and that something else small is very welcome instead. Alternatively, an advent calendar could be an easy way to ensure they’re enjoying Christmassy treats without having too much intake.
The Christmas period doesn’t have to be as stressful or as unhealthy as it always sounds! Good luck and enjoy your holidays.
This is a guest article from Bessie Hassan.
Bessie is the Money and Health Expert at Finder