Updated: Dec 26, 2022
Whether you have kids on winter break from school or little ones not yet in school, you may find it difficult keeping them busy over the holidays, especially while staying fit and healthy. There are lots of fun activities that you can do to keep everyone happy and healthy and limit the amount of screen time that they have.
One of my favourite things to do with my boys is set up an obstacle course for them. You can use whatever items you have lying around, whether it be pillows, couch cushions, dining table chairs, etc... I like to set up a course that has them jumping, crawling and giggling their way through.
Another fun activity on a cold day is to set up scavenger hunts around the house. You can take this activity outside as well if everything isn't covered in snow yet. If you do have a snowy wonderland outside, there are, of course, the obvious activities such as sledding, skiing, snow shoeing, skating, shovelling, building forts and having snowball fights – all great cardio exercises for parents too! A fun snow activity that may not be so obvious is to put some paint or food colouring into spray bottles or old dish soap bottles and do some snow painting!
Of course, there will be hot chocolate and baking to enjoy over the holidays, which are all worth enjoying and can be a part of a well-rounded holiday, especially when done with a little healthy twist. Instead of buying containers of hot chocolate, why not try making some homemade hot cocoa instead. All you need is dairy-free milk, raw cacao or chocolate chips, sweetener of choice, a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla. You can spruce this up anyway you like or enjoy it as is for a simple magnesium-rich treat! As for baking, we have plenty of suggestions for some fun holiday cookies and treats that are both delicious and healthy. See our recent blog post on “Better Baking” for some good recipes!
Christmas doesn't have to be a time to throw in the towel on your healthy habits and start over in the new year. There are plenty of ways to indulge in healthy treats, get your daily exercise in and keep your children happy and entertained. Starting over on a new diet or new exercise plan is never easy, so do yourself a favour this year and keep your progress going right through the holidays!