Be Healthy & Active with Nestlé

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Do you try and pick healthy foods to eat at home? What about for the kids school lunches? I do and I’m sure everyone else is the same. I do let the kids have a treat every know and then, but these treats are sometimes foods and we don’t have them all the time, for example chocolate or a biscuit.

The portion plates from Nestle

The portion plates from Nestle

However as I have fussy eaters, keeping the lunch box interesting and also for meal times are a HUGE challenge. Not only is it a challenge to think about what to serve the kids that they will actually eat, I also worry if they are getting the vitamins and nutrition that their bodies need.

There are some great recipes on the Nestle Healthy Active Kids website that might help add some interest to dinners and lunches. Have you given them a go? Do your kids love them? I am keen to give them a go.

I do strive to make sure that the kids are eating healthy and I do try to showcase a wide range of foods with the hope that they will eat or at least see hubby and I eat them and therefore it will slowly rub off on the kids.

The lovely people at Nestlé sent me a pack about their Healthy Active Kids program.  They have seen my passion about ensuring kids are healthy and are eating right. If kids don’t have the right fuel they cannot do well at school. Making sure they have the best start is super important. Plus I’m sure the teachers will be very thankful that they have full bellies so that they can concentrate on their work and learn.

One of the girls cooking dinner tonight. We had wraps.... they love them!

One of the girls cooking dinner tonight. We had wraps…. they love them!

So what was in the pack that the fab foodies at Nestlé sent? Check the list below for the goodies:

  • 2 plates that show you the quantities and what you should be eating. Basically it is showing kids and adults the portion sizes that we need to be healthy.
  • An apron to encourage kids to get cooking.
  • A booklet that shows what makes a healthy lunch box and that gives you ideas for what foods are in season when, plus it also gives tips to be active.

Do you like to send the kids off to school with a healthy packed lunch? What do you like to pack? Mine is a sandwich, some fruit, yoghurt and maybe some vegetables. Let us know what you like to add to your little ones lunches.

The carrot waiting till the chicken mince is ready. Once ready we will add it to the mixture in the fry pan.

The carrot waiting till the chicken mince is ready. Once ready we will add it to the mixture in the fry pan.

The mixture is nearly done.... it is smelling yum and I'm hungry!

The mixture is nearly done…. it is smelling yum and I’m hungry!

What do you do as a family to encourage being healthy and active?

We make sure to take the kids on bush walks, bike riding as a family and I always like to park my car away from where we are meant to be. This way I have to walk further and it adds exercise to my day.

Learn about some ways to incorporate more movement and activity to your day.

The chicken wrap is so yummy there is no waiting to eat it.

The chicken wrap is so yummy there is no waiting to eat it.

One kid likes to have deconstructed wraps. She makes her own.

One kid likes to have deconstructed wraps. She makes her own.

Do your little ones love to help in the kitchen? Mine do. Research has shown that if kids help to cook their own meals or just give a helping hand they are more likely to make healthier choices.

 

Thanks: I would like to thank Nestlé for giving me the wonderful portion plates to try and the fabulous book about making school lunches more interesting and of course healthy.

30 Responses
  • Christina
    July 11, 2016

    Eat healthy every day, add some exercise, relaxation and a little play.
    A bit of naughty food in moderation, remembering LIFE is a celebration!

  • julie
    July 11, 2016

    we stay active with a walk and play with the dog on the beach after school, fresh air and fun after their hard day

  • Ashley Beech
    July 11, 2016

    Sticking to the 2&5
    kicking the ball
    or riding the bike
    or throwing the frisbee!

  • Jade O
    July 11, 2016

    When we cook together I notice my family are more likely to eat tea, so I try and introduce fresh fruit and vegetables and get them to taste them while we are cooking. Plus the local dog park is a great place to play and run around!

  • Nata
    July 11, 2016

    Cook together dishes with that healthy twist,
    The kids have so much fun, simply cannot resist,
    Play outside, walk each day, a pleasure,
    Doing things together as a family, a moment I treasure.

  • Bianca Bonakey
    July 11, 2016

    We always eat organic fruit and vegetables from our garden .. We love that we can pick straight from the plant and nothing has been sprayed on it .. We have chooks that feed our plants and vegetables and give us fresh free range eggs each day .. We walk, cycle, play and find new things to accomplish all the time

  • lynne Lillington
    July 11, 2016

    Teaching children to cook and grow food is a great way for them to get enthused with food. Leading by example, show them its fun to exercise and eat healthy. Bike riding is fun, and so many tracks to make it educational with a healthy picnic at the end.

  • KirstenW
    July 11, 2016

    At the moment – it’s chasing Pokemons!

  • Susan Banyard
    July 12, 2016

    We grow our own veggies and the kids help care, pick, cook and eat them then we play on our massive family trampoline or go for a ride, scoot, walk together

  • Noella
    July 12, 2016

    I am really trying to get my kids into eating healthier, my oldest has a weight issue and I am trying to help him with out making him self conscious, the plate that shows the correct portions would be the ideal tool to help him, he struggles with portion control and is a visual thinker it could really make a difference in his life.

  • Shannon Wotton
    July 12, 2016

    We go to farmers markets together and explore. Everyone chooses their own fruits and vegetables to bring home. We walk the dog together and find fun ways to be active like ball games in the yard, racing each other and dancing around the lounge room!

  • Mikaela Cowan
    July 13, 2016

    Walking to school everyday,
    being active in every way,
    we all go shopping for healthy food together,
    creating healthy habits that will last forever!

  • Ebony Carr
    July 13, 2016

    We try and walk to places as much as possible. We also cook together to encourage eating meals instead of snacking

  • Leanne white
    July 14, 2016

    We lead by example..we are important role models for healthy eating and exercise.
    We talk about why we eat fruit as snacks, take exercise classes and go for walks.
    We be active together.

  • Julia Mason
    July 15, 2016

    We always walk or ride to school, it’s fresh and fun being in the sun and talking to each other, it helps keep us connected and healthy as well!!

  • Bec
    July 16, 2016

    Having a dog certainly helps and my kids have been actively growing their own little veges patches since they were 4

  • vanessa brown
    July 17, 2016

    Eat healthy meals and snacks every day, only have take away food once a week for a treat, lots of sports (Basketball, Dance, Football), sleeping well, healthy mind because after all a healthy body needs a healthy mind!!!

  • Lyndall Crisp
    July 17, 2016

    Cooking together and also asking what they would like to eat for dinner, that way that have some control and feel included.

  • Amanda S
    July 18, 2016

    We always walk or ride to school and I teach them about food groups and what they need to be healthy. If they want a treat we make it ourselves so they can appreciate how much sugar is involved!

  • Kerryanne bourke
    July 18, 2016

    We encourage the kids to be involved with cooking and meal prep
    it not only shows them exactly what they are eating but they learn along the way about what is in season and how it helps them grow

  • Amy Ginis
    July 18, 2016

    We try and limit screen time, and go outside to kick around a ball instead

  • Chrissy Roberts
    July 18, 2016

    We walk the dogs around our farm paddocks and play hide and seek from them, gather firewood, pull weeds and play ball too.

  • renee guljas
    July 18, 2016

    we try to go for walks every day when my husband gets home from work and take our bub in his pram

  • jody buhagiar
    July 18, 2016

    To the park after school
    monkey bars, slippery dip, playing it cool!
    Keeping active in the fresh air,
    keeping healthy, we are aware 😀

  • Belinda Smetioukh
    July 19, 2016

    We try to be outdoors as much as possible, and grow our own veggies and salad as the kids love picking it and are more likely to eat it when they’ve grown it!

  • Laura Scriven
    July 19, 2016

    We make sure we always have an active Sunday,
    We love it that way!
    A hike, cycle or even just ball fun,
    And they eat every veggie under the sun!

  • Emmi
    July 19, 2016

    Walking our dog is the key,
    To happiness, health and longevity.

  • Emmi Collins
    July 19, 2016

    Walking our dog is the key;
    To happiness, healthy and longevity

  • julie ford
    July 19, 2016

    I have four children and I think the secret to healthy eating is to get the children involved cooking, preparing and suggesting what is on the menu for the family if they help out they will eat their own creations

  • Eamond Tomaszewski
    July 19, 2016

    With Junk food so readily available , I make our own with a few healthy twists like carrots and gherkins and we have to walk the dog constantly of course just to stretch our legs , i am a cruel parent

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