Central Elementary School Nurse
Healthy Holidays For the Family
Healthy holidays consist of these key ingredients:
¨ family breakfast - don't let the holidays give kids an excuse to skip breakfast so they are starved for dinner. It is healthier to keep kids on their regular eating schedule.
¨ family time - holidays provide time for families to stop their busy schedules and plan family time
¨ home cooking - often holidays are a time to bring out your favorite recipes and reminds us how much enjoyable it can be to cook.
¨ practice food safety - with all the food being prepared ahead of time to take to a holiday party don't forget basic food safety rules. Teach kids to wash their hands before and after eating and touching foods. Store and cook foods following food safety guidelines to avoid bacteria growing and causing food poisoning.
¨ cooking with kids - kids are often curious to see the special preparations for holidays. It is an excellent time to bring them into the kitchen and let them help
¨ family activities - holidays are perfect for a family softball game or other activity that gets the kids off the couch and enjoying being active before meal time
¨ practice portion control - holidays don't have to focus around over-indulgence. Instead, it is a perfect time to teach kids about estimating portion sizes and choosing healthier foods
¨ avoid stress - holidays don't have to be create stress. Plan ahead and remember the main reasons holidays are important is so families can be together and practice their special traditions
¨ be happy - enjoy the kids and teach kids to enjoy special family moments. They come and go quickly but memories last.
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