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July Family Tips

  1. Wash fruit the night before so they’ll be ready for a healthy afternoon snacks.
  2. Try making the kids a honeydew smoothie with non-fat yogurt and crushed ice.
  3. Lean cuts of beef have the words, “round” or “loin” in the name.
  4. Bring a healthy side dish of grilled asparagus or broccoli with salsa to the 4th of July Barbecue gathering.
  5. During dinner, talk about fruits and vegetables and find out what is the family favorite.
  6. Choose lean-meats and fat-free hot dogs on whole grain buns.
  7. Sauces such as low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, wasabi, or ginger are healthy choices.
  8. Skip the chips at snack time and serve crunchy vegetables with low fat dip.
  9. Brown rice or whole-wheat pasta has more nutrients and fiber than their white counterparts. Replace white rice, bread and pasta with brown rice and whole grain products.
  10. Give your child a healthy breakfast. Make sure it has at least 3 of the food groups represented.
  11. Show your child how to make healthy choices when you are on the run.
  12. Discourage older children from making yucky faces or negative comments about unfamiliar foods.
  13. Teach children to choose a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk instead of soda.
  14. Insoluable fiber helps your chid's tummy work.
  15. Try hummus or bean spread as a dip for veggies.
  16. Look for fruit packed in its own juices or light syrup.
  17. An average of only 1 in 6 people washes their hands after using the restroom.
  18. Doing laundry, gardening, and walking with the dog all count as being active.
  19. Let your child choose a new vegetable to add to soup.
  20. Let your kids make faces with the fruit before eating!
  21. Get a cherry pit remover and let the kids have fun with the cherries.
  22. Wash cuts with soap and water and place bandages on them right away.
  23. Take a look at your family goals and renew!
  24. Salads are a good way to introduce new foods to your child.
  25. Think of snack time as mini meals rather than "junk food" time.
  26. For younger kids, use smaller bowls and plates to help with portion control.
  27. Grab a friend and challenge each other to walk a little farther each day.
  28. Let the kids help put the fruit or vegetable into the grocery cart.
  29. Teach them how fruits and vegetables gives us clues on how ripe they are.
  30. Moderate to intense daily exercise helps maintain weight for the whole family.
  31. Put rinsed and cut fruits and vegetables on a shelf in your refrigerator where your child can see them.




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