Christmas is a time of indulgence for many. Wherever you turn there seems to be offers of mince pies, chocolates and many other treats. Whilst this is fine every now and again, if you can base your child’s diet around 3 healthy meals a day with plenty of vegetables and fruit then a few extra treats won’t have too much of an impact.
Keep them hydrated. With the excitement of present opening and game playing kids can forget to drink and may actually confuse thirst with hunger. So make sure they’re drinking plenty of water. To get some extra nutrients into them make a delicious ‘Foodie Tots Super Smoothie’. In a Nutribullet or blender whizz up half a banana, a cup of frozen berries, a handful of spinach leaves and pinch of cinnamon, topped up with water; delicious!
It might be cold outside but don’t forget the importance of exercise for children and adults. There are lots of ways to get active with the kids such as walking, running and biking, and taking them outside on a sunny winter day means you’ll all benefit from a dose of vitamin D from the sunshine; very important for strong healthy bones and strengthening their immune systems.
And if you have a picky eater amongst your family make Christmas an opportunity to explore and taste all the different seasonal vegetables and fruit; boiled Brussels sprouts not their favourite? Make food fun; why not get them to try dinosaur crunching them raw and see who can make the loudest crunch and biggest teeth marks?
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!