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Creating Healthy Traditions

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the holidays a little healthier and a lot more fun.

The holidays are such a wonderful time of year. It’s all about spending time with those you love, keeping traditions alive and enjoying the wonderful food that makes us happy.  200404076-001But sometimes, that can lead to some extra pounds and stress for you and your kids. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the holidays a little healthier and a lot more fun.

  1. Substitute. If you’re doing the cooking or baking, think about substituting ingredients to make it a healthier recipe. You can use whole wheat or whole grains instead of white flour, rice, bread and pastas; honey instead of sugar; dried fruit instead of candy; low-fat or skim milk instead of cream; etc. Research ways to make your recipes healthier and have fun cooking up some new dishes!
  2. Stay active. Find ways to be active and make your activity a new holiday tradition. Play football, soccer or frisbee with the whole family. If there’s snow on the ground, go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Go ice skating at a local rink. Go for a hike on New Years Day. Find ways to stay active and have fun with your kids and the whole family.
  3. Include your kids. Sometimes it’s just easier to do all the work yourself, but it’s much more fun when you get others involved, especially your kids. Get your kids to help decorate, cook and plan this holiday season. They will be much more willing to try your new recipes if they were involved in making it. Carve out extra time to cook with your kids, it’s takes a little more patience, but it’s worth it.
  4. shutterstock_152012078_HiScale down and choose wisely. Find out what traditions you really love and stick to those. Get your kids involved in figuring out what’s most important to you and your family. Get everyone involved to share in the workload. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Being stressed out around the holidays is no way to enjoy them and it affects your kids more than you know.

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Written by Kristina Stark