Black Friday is finally past and no matter what your opinion is about the crazy day after Thanksgiving, everyone has made a list and looking for that perfect holiday gift for a loved one. A perfect gift for the holiday's can also include nutrition and here are some ideas to get you started:
Gifts for Kids
• Keep them hydrated year round with reusable water bottles.
• Fill their stockings with whole fruit (oranges, apples and pears), packages of dried fruit or nuts.
• Gift them items that keep them moving, like balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, bikes, skates or scooters.
Gifts for Schools
• Volunteer to help start a school garden.
• Advocate for healthier school lunches.
• Consider healthier fare for the holiday classroom parties such as yogurt-covered pretzels mixed with nuts and seeds, cucumber slices and tomatoes dipped in low-fat dressing, and whole fruit.
- Print out the new fruit mask and wrap up your favorite whole fruit. This penguin fruit mask will keep the classroom or home parties happy and healthy. Visit: www.ABCDEatRight.com to find the template for the fruit mask.
Gifts for Community
• Childhood hunger is an epidemic in the United States. Donate to a local food pantry or program to help end hunger. Some possible programs to consider are: No Kid Hungry and Feed the Children.
• Support your local farmers and vendors and shop at the local green markets.
Gifts for Families
• Striiv Pedometer: The newest pedometer on the market, but it is so much more. They call it a personal trainer in your pocket. A great gift for all the adults in your family.
• Lighter and healthier family meals. Visit Super Healthy Kids.com for healthy meal plans.
• Try a Yonanas machine. It takes frozen fruit and turns it into a soft-serve consistency. A healthy alternative to ice cream and you can make it right in front of your child's eyes!
Don't forget to take time for yourself and incorporate some healthy habits into your routine. If you are just a little naughty with your health-related habits, your kids may be as well. Enjoy the holidays and spread a little nutritious joy.