Life is busy, especially for families, says Rachel Doll, family nurse practitioner at Mercy Health. It is much easier to grab something quick and easy like fast food versus making dinner.
In addition to introducing healthier options to your kids, begin by doing some kind of movement together just 10 – 15 minutes a day such as taking a quick walk, walking up and down your steps or turning on music and dancing.
Here are some quick/easy recipes that kids can help make and will enjoy, too!
BBQ Chicken Wrap
- 1/2 whole wheat tortilla
- ½ cooked chicken breast sliced
- ¼ Roma tomato, sliced
- ¼ green pepper, diced
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
Directions: Toss sliced chicken breast with barbecue sauce. Lay spinach, green pepper and tomato on top of tortilla. Squeeze lime juice over mixture and add chicken. Roll up and slice in half to serve.
Banana Roll Up
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Directions: Spread peanut butter over tortilla. Slice up banana and place in center of tortilla. Roll up and cut into slices.
- ½ whole wheat tortilla
- 1-2 tablespoons pizza or spaghetti sauce
- ¼ cup mozzarella
- ½ cup vegetables of your choice
Directions: Place tortilla in a pain, sprayed with cooking spray, over medium heat on the stove top. Fill half the tortilla with the ingredients and fold. Cook until chest starts to melt and flip over to cook the other side. Cut into four triangles and serve.
Source: Rachel Doll, family nurse practitioner at Mercy Health
Kid Products for Healthy Habits
Electric-powered and Manual Toothbrushes; price varies; brushbuddies.com
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Reusable, recyclable pouch for healthy on-the-go snacking.
Essential Snack Cup; $24; morepeas.com
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