As a mum your own health can really take a backseat when you’re so focused on the needs of other people. But there are some easy to manage tips which will not only lend themselves to healthy children but also healthy mums (no organic kale fed kombucha unicorns in sight!).
1. Always have water on hand.
If it’s there with you, you’re more likely to sip on it throughout the day. When you grab a water bottle for the kids in the morning, make sure to get yourself one too. I’ve found that drinking water throughout the day has not only helped me to cut back on caffeine-based drinks that I would usually grab while out and about, but I also eat a lot better because I’m not making poor choices when pressed for time. One of the best healthy living tips I ever received was to have some water before you purchase something “naughty”. Often it’s thirst driving us to hit the snack bar so eliminate that first.
2. Pack snacks for yourself.
It’s taken me some time to work out that preparation is the key to eating a healthy diet throughout the day. Despite packing lunch for three small people I would almost always neglect to pack something for myself which would result in me buying food out and about (not the best choices health wise or wallet wise).
Putting together a small snack box when I’m doing the children’s makes a huge difference. Try cutting up an extra piece of fruit and making yourself a sandwich at the same time. It’s all about having snacks that are good for you, and easy to eat on the run.
My personal favourite for the lunchboxes is Vaalia Kids yoghurt. It passes the on-the-go healthy snack test, with three unique probiotics and no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. But it’s also really practical for those on-the-run moments, with easy-to-manage pouches that I can grab straight from the fridge.
My kids love them and they win the “I can pass them to the backseat of the car while in traffic” award for mum-ease. For summer I was given the tip to freeze a couple. By the time lunch came, they were easy to eat, and nice and refreshing. Not only that, but they kept the rest of the lunchbox contents cool.