Father teaching son to bowl .
As thoughts turn to new Year's Resolutions for health and wellness , make sure you make your goals a family affair . While it is important to set personal goals , creating goals that include the entire family can be very beneficial . Not only do children develop healthier habits for their future when they are modeled by parents for them , but the entire family benefits now from healthy behaviors . Here are a few tips to help you and your family bring in 2016 with some healthy habits :
1 . Make sure you are a good role model . Avoid fad diets or unhealthy plans just to quickly lose a few pounds . Let your children see you making plans for healthy meals and exercise .
2 . Start a system to evaluate your family's meals . It doesn't have to be complex , just something your kids understand . A system that uses happy or sad faces for a little one , or a system that uses grades (A , B , C , etc) for kids in school . Make it a point to aim for mostly high scoring items with each meal .
3 . Plan family time around activities . Bowling , hiking and miniature golf are great ways to start out slow when it comes to getting everyone active . Designate areas indoors and outdoors that are for physical activity , and invest in small items that are for physical activity such as balls , jump ropes , etc .
Crowder Vegetarian Style
Prep/Total Time: 45 minutes Makes : 7 servings
2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons bacon bits
In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, broth, carrots and onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add corn, milk, cheese, mushrooms and pepper; cook and stir 4-6 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with bacon bits.
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