Your family doesn’t have to completely overhaul their entire life to be healthier. Instead, make small, simple swaps every day.
With a few easy, realistic swaps, you can be healthier without making any extreme changes to the lifestyle you’re used to. The more swaps you make, the healthier you and your family will be.
So have a happy, healthy New Year by making these 10 simple swaps.
Mornings with movement over mornings without movement
Add some movement to your morning routine. When you wake up, give your arms and legs a good stretch. Then, in the bathroom, do a set of calf raises while you brush your teeth or some squats during your shower. Tell your kids to do the same!
Whole-Grain Cereal over Sugary Cereal
Another healthy swap is to actually eat breakfast instead of skipping it. Breakfast helps jumpstart your metabolism and gives you energy for the day. At the table, choose whole-grain cereals instead of sugary ones. They’re loaded with fiber and are a whole lot healthier. Top it with your favorite berry, too!
Play Time over Screen Time
Tell your kids to put down their devices and pick up a new activity. Basketball, football, soccer, riding bikes… the options are endless! If it’s cold out, find ways to move indoors. By limiting screen time on the TV, computer, phone or tablet, your family will have more opportunities to get active.
Play with Your Kids instead of Watching Them Play
When your kids swap screen time for play time, join in on the fun! Instead of just supervising them as they play, play with them. It’s a super way to bond with your kids. Plus, you can get your 30 minutes of physical activity, and help your kids get their 60 minutes.
Healthy Lunch Packs over Store-Bought Lunches
At the grocery store, avoid reaching for pre-packaged combo lunches. They’re highly unhealthy and expensive. Instead, stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy and make your own Healthy Lunch Packs. It’s much, much healthier. Plus, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck.
Lean Turkey over Hot Dogs
For a quick lunch at home, a hot dog may sound like a good idea. But despite their convenience, hot dogs are fatty, salty and unhealthy. Instead, swap a hot dog for some lean turkey. Make a sandwich, or try a Turkey Vegetable Wrap. It’s just as convenient, and it’s a much healthier option.
Laps over Naps
It’s easy to fall into the trap of a cozy living room, especially when it’s cold out. However, 60 minutes of daily physical activity is essential for growing children. So whether it’s the weekend or after school, remind your kids: laps over naps, lunging over lounging and crunches over couches. (Remind yourself too.)
Carrots & Hummus over Chips & Dip
Stick with healthier snacks in the New Year by swapping potato chips for crispy veggie sticks. You’ll get the crunch without the salt and fat. Try crisp veggies like carrots or celery sticks, and dip them in some yummy hummus. You’ll be surprised how tasty it is.
Low Fat Yogurt over Ice Cream
In 2017, serve a healthier dessert by deserting ice cream and scooping some low fat yogurt into your bowl. You’ll experience a creamy coolness much like ice cream, but with less sugar and fat (and way more nutrients). Make your yogurt even sweeter by adding fruits like blackberries or raspberries, too!
Water over Sugary Drinks
Why water? Well, it’s healthy, refreshing and has no sugar or calories! It can even help prevent headaches and fatigue. So choose water over sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks and juice boxes. For a burst of refreshing flavor, try Strawberry Basil or Blueberry Orange water.
These are just 10 healthy swaps your family can make to live healthier. Other simple, healthy swaps include:
- Cooking instead of eating out to help you eat better. Find dozens of healthy, low-cost recipes here.
- Trying infused water recipes to help you drink more water.
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator to help you move more.
- Swapping smoke breaks for walk breaks to help you be tobacco free.
Simple swaps. Amazing results.
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