We can’t believe we’ve already completed a year as ambassadors for Together Counts! Together Counts is all about achieving an Energy Balance with you families, spending quality time together while staying active and eating as healthily as we can. We love that their initiative is all about moderation and being thoughtful about what we put into our bodies and how we exert them to keep that balance. We wanted to share all our articles from throughout the year with you and each give a small recap of what we learned while having this initiative as a focus in 2014. (How is it already February?!)
The warmer months are all too easy to keep that balance when my kids spend the majority of their days outside.When the world is our backyard and the backyard is our world. Riding bikes, swimming, trips up to the mountains, afternoons at the park. The options are endless and I don’t have to persuade them, they’re usually dragging me outside. Fresh produce is in abundance and nothing makes me happier than seeing my boys come inside from playing with blackberry juice staining their cheeks or munching a bell pepper. Nothing is easier than a mid-play snack from your own back yard! This year I knew our efforts would need to be placed on those cold Winter months. This Winter we found indoor options like gymnasiums, indoor pools and giant warehouses full of trampolines (hoping this isn’t just a Utah thing!) The truth is we’re all happier when we’re active especially in the Winter, so implementing this activities when I’d really rather stay in my pajamas on the couch is a no brainer!
Eating outdoors is something we have discovered over this last year that brings us together, makes mealtime more enjoyable for the kiddos, and it seems they don’t care what we are eating, because everything tastes good outside! Bring on the broccoli!
We picnic outside, we dine outside and we snack outside. We love restaurants with outdoor dining! Why eat indoors when you can eat al fresco?
Living in Utah makes this hard during the winter months, but we improvise! Picnic indoors, or dress up warm and picnic on the snow on a sunny winter day, pick restaurants with lots of natural light, ect!
In Spring, Summer and Fall we like to pack up and take a walk to a park for dinner which works up an extra-sized appetite and uses up all the extra kid energy before bed (thats the bonus!)
Eating together has because so important in our little family. It brings fun conversation, and sometimes very important conversation. It is a time like no other that brings us together as a family, and with friends.
I feel like it’s a constant battle for me as a Mom to embrace outside time with my kids! Sadly the more children we have the more pull I feel to be inside doing household tasks like laundry, cooking, cleaning etc.This year I’ve really tried to embrace outdoor activities and accept that my children are MUCH happier when we do something active daily. Sure my house might suffer and I may feel behind but overall our days are just happier! Something I’ve adjusted my thinking with this year too is this idea that my oldest Quinn should come home from school have a snack and sit down for homework. I’ve realized that even though he is technically with friends and having recess at school, he is in a very structured setting and it’s good to get active play time out RIGHT after school and the rest of the evening goes much smoother! I’ve been a huge advocate of my kids eating healthy. Sure we have snacks, candy, soda occasionally but for the most part they eat well. My biggest tip for getting your kids to eat healthy and what has worked for us is to establish an understanding that there won’t be two separate meals! So whatever I make for the family is what the family will eat! I like to be sure to have something that I KNOW they will eat so they don’t starve 🙂 But for the most part they understand that this is the meal they’re getting and they should take advantage now! I have very wonderful memories of sitting around the dinner table with my family, so meals at home together have been a huge focus for our family. I also believe that in general no matter what you might cook, eating at home is far healthier than eating out! So when we eat in more than out I always chalk that up to a healthy success!
Here’s a list of our articles for Together Counts!