This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
How to Encourage Eating Healthy Food During Holidays
Do you reach for stretchy pants around holiday time? It’s not always easy to encourage eating healthy food during holidays, Grandma’s gravy may just want you to grab a straw and dig in. However, it is quite possible to show your children good eating habits so that they and you don’t overload yourself and sleep the holidays away in a food coma.
Having healthy food during the holidays for us starts at breakfast. Including vegetables and fruit into breakfast helps my kids see these foods as things that should be included in every meal. I may whip up a Tofu Scramble with peppers and onions and “eggs”, this helps fill them up without worrying about adding those extra calories that will cause a tummy ache at the end of a holiday meal.
Did you know that roughly 16 million children are living in a household that does not have regular access to food throughout the year? That’s something that is hard to think about as we are approaching a holiday where we will all gather around the table and be thankful for the meal in front of us.
As I’ve mentioned previously the 4-H program offers a Food Smart Families program and if your children are old enough they are able to participate and teach their peers. This program works to help families eligible for or receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and/or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) benefits to give them the tools to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.
Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare and 4-H have run this program and taught 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states. The goal is to keep testing this program and eventually roll it out to every 4-H county in the country.
Knowing the number of people that are affected by having a food shortage, I like to encourage my children to understand the benefit of using all of our food. Such as making soup from leftovers to make healthy food during holidays simple and easy.
Teaching how to appreciate food and learn the ways to use food that will benefit your body starts at home. If we can recognize that not everyone has the same access and that we want to change that, it will bring much-needed support to Food Smart Families program.