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Will you make New Year’s resolutions this year? Whether it’s to eat healthy, exercise, get more sleep or stress less, resolutions can help you make improvements to—and take control of—your family’s health.
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals for 2018 of course, but the New Year’s resolutions most of us make are often lofty, vague, broad, or unrealistic so we fail to achieve them. In fact, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.
As a mom, it only takes a kid to get sick, a busy week of after-school activities or back-to-back snow days to derail your best efforts.
The good news is that you don’t have to make New Year’s resolutions to make meaningful changes that will significantly impact your family’s health. You can set small, realistic and achievable goals that work for your family.
These 50 are easy, small tweaks any mom can do. Pick one or two you can tackle now and once they become more of a habit, chances are you’ll be motivated to try the others.
1. Replace one processed/packaged kid’s snack with a fruit or vegetable.
2. Commit to cook dinner one more night each week.
3. Swap refined grains for whole grains.
5. Try a new, healthy recipe.
6. Stop drinking soda, sports drinks and juice.
7. Bring your kids food shopping and let them pick a new fruit or vegetable to try.
9. Pack lunch one more day instead of buying school lunch.
10. Purge your pantry of chips, cookies, high-sugar granola, etc.
11. Read nutrition labels.
12. Sign up for an endurance event with your kids. Try active.com
13. Cut sugar.
14. Limit salt.
15. Take a walk after dinner.
16. Snow day? Have an indoor dance party.
17. Teach your kids how to eat mindfully.
18. Swap regular potatoes for sweet potatoes.
19. Put fruit out on the countertop for after-school snacks.
20. Cut up produce and store in glass containers so you can see what you have.
21. Swap butter for avocado when baking.
22. Eat nuts and seeds.
23. Don’t use food as a reward.
24. Have one more family meal together (it doesn’t have to be dinner!).
25. Eat beans and legumes.
26. Teach kids how to recognize their hunger signals.
27. Take probiotics.
28. Eat fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and tempeh.
29. Stop eating fast food.
30. Make green smoothies or green juices.
31. Don’t be a short order cook.
32. Eat less meat.
33. Try a new type of fish.
34. Nix food negotiations.
35. Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
36. Don’t stress about picky eating.
37. Order your kids’ meals from the main menu.
38. Eat low-glycemic fruit like berries.
39. Batch cook homemade baby food; rely less on store-bought.
40. Avoid sugary cereals.
41. Don’t let kids eat in the car.
42. Make breakfast a priority.
43. Make a grocery shopping list.
44. Plan meals.
45. Offer two vegetables at dinner.
47. Don’t persuade kids to “take another bite.”
48. Avoid sugary yogurts.
49. Serve smaller portions.
50. Teach kids food is fuel and delicious!