Cynthia Clifton | 10/13/2014 9:28:20 PM
10 Tips to creating healthy, active events
Making parties and events fun while eating healthy and being physically active is doable in today’s society. Focus on enjoying friends and family while eating tasty healthy foods from all 5 food groups. Here are 10 tips on how to create a healthy and active party and event:
1. Create healthy habits at your celebrations. Play fun games with children to get them active and interested in the celebration, such as sack race.
2. Create festive looking food. Create different vegetable shapes and add nuts or seeds to the figures to make stick people. Others things that can be added to fruits are sprinkles, almonds and semi-sweet chocolate. Make the fruits and vegetables eye-catching.
3. Thirst quenchers that please. Freeze 100% juice in ice cubes and add slices of fruits for a different appearance. Create floats to seltzer water by adding a scoop of favorite ice cream or sorbet.
4. Savor the flavor. Enjoy the taste of the food, by eating slow and chewing food well. Add different seasonings to an old recipe to liven things up for a different taste.
5. ChooseMyPlate.gov for different foods from food groups. Serve whole grain crackers or bread, bean dip with veggie tray, fruit kabobs with melons and berries, layer yogurt, fruits and oats to make a parfait and create a healthy salad using whole grains and green leafy vegetables.
6. Moving a part of every event. Physical activities such as dancing, volleyball, baseball, football, sack race or hiding-n-seek keeps everyone active and having fun.
7. Healthier recipes. Cutting back on sugar, salt and fat in your favorite recipe.
8. Simple. Have other family members participate by preparing healthy dishes, cleaning up and playing games with the children.
9. Shopping and eating smart. Serve foods that fit your budget and things that are in-season and taste good. Plan ahead when purchasing foods.
10. Cheerleader for healthy habits. Adults are the best example for children to follow. Children always follow what they see adults do.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture