How to Get Fit as a Family

kid in superhero costumeThe following is a post from our sponsor, Hormel.

Ask your family if they want to give up comfort food and couch time to get fit together and they’ll probably run away screaming. But a sly mom like you can start introducing healthy habits into your family’s everyday life without causing an uproar. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your family on the path toward better health.


Start small. Change is less scary in small doses. Swap traditional tacos for chicken tacos. Add jumping jacks during commercials. Try whole-wheat pasta.

Explore the great outdoors. Satisfy their curiosity by exploring nearby nature paths or completing a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

Slip in better foods. With the right recipes, they won’t even notice. Try kid-friendly ones that use all-natural meats, like these Crisscross Ham and Cheese Sandwiches or Chicken and Pepper Quesadillas.

Play together.
Call it fun—not fitness—to get the family on board. Simply suggest an after-dinner bike ride, shoot hoops in the driveway, or turn a walk into a game of I-Spy.

Go all natural. Bring your family meals back to basics by using natural products, including sandwich meats with zero preservatives, 100 percent natural fruit juices, and all-natural cereal.

Ditch the car. When possible, walk to the store, parks, and school.

Lead by example. Kids take cues from you. So refuse dessert, reach for all-natural foods, and avoid TV to teach them healthy habits for the future.

Grab a rainbow.
 Ask your children to help pick out a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure a diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

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