(BPT) - Parties, barbecues and the ice cream— summer is full of treat temptations. While enjoying favorite foods is an essential part of the season, too often kids fall into unhealthy eating habits during warm weather months. At best, it can make them feel lethargic. At worst, it can make them feel ill.
To help parents promote healthy living and ensure kids are getting the vitamins and nutrients they need, follow these six tips:
Sweeten foods naturally
So many favorite summer foods are sweetened with refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. When it’s time to add a sweet touch to your children’s meals or snacks — such as on oatmeal or yogurt — try a natural sweetener like honey or coconut sugar.
Select a vitamin with natural ingredients
You can keep your whole hive happy and fill in nutritional gaps by adding a multivitamin to your child’s daily routine. Try Zarbee’s Naturals, which are made with wholesome ingredients like honey, natural fruit flavors and vegetarian pectin, and without high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, dyes or flavors. Kids love these delicious daily gummy vitamins that use honey for a delightful, sweet taste. Learn more and get coupons at zarbees.com.
Visit the farmers market
Bring your family to your local farmers market and explore all the wonderful homegrown goodies while supporting the community. When kids select fruits and vegetables themselves, they’ll be more likely to eat them back at home. They might even try some produce they’ve never had before!
Grow an herb garden
Let kids get their hands dirty and enjoy wonderful, healthy ways to season favorite foods by growing an herb garden together. Select seeds or seedlings, plant in pots and water regularly. Kids learn responsibility and important biology lessons, plus they can pluck the herbs for scrumptious meals.
Sample new recipes
Go through a favorite recipe book and let your kids each select a recipe they would like to try. Home cooked meals are generally healthier than processed or frozen entrees. Then make a date to whip up something delicious together. Bonus: enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day.
Stave off summer coughs
Summer is going along swimmingly and then — bam! — your little one is knocked out with a cough. This is especially difficult for Mom and Dad when they are coughing too! Fortunately, the power of dark honey that is found in Zarbee’s Naturals children’s cough syrups can help provide children with some soothing relief without the use of drugs or alcohol. They also make 99 percent Cough Soothers for adults (the other 1 percent is natural peppermint and menthol).