Allison teaches us easy-to-keep habits for happier, healthier kids.
You don’t need superpowers to be a super-eater (although sometimes a cape and mask can help!). Finding ways to engage kids in kitchen activities can make eating healthy more approachable and fun. Just ask my 4-year-old, Audrey, who loves to be my kitchen helper. She puts on her cape to become Super Audrey, fueling up with fruits and veggies to help her fly around the house and save the day! Forget the old rule that we can’t play with our food; make memories with your family by coming together for playtime in the kitchen.
Brush Up On Oral Hygiene
The key to a sparkling smile is a consistent teeth-cleaning routine. The number-one rule? When you brush, don’t rush! Two minutes twice a day is all it takes to protect against cavities.
Crest Kid’s Cavity Protection Sparkle Fun Toothpaste is gentle on enamel while effectively cleaning those pearly whites. Plus, the fun sparkles and bubblegum flavor make brushing an activity that kids can look forward to.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
A well-balanced breakfast gives kids the energy they need to take on the day. Start with whole-grain oats like Schnucks Original Instant Oatmeal, then let the family customize their bowls with nutritious toppings like fresh fruits, nuts and spreads. A nourishing meal that encourages creativity? Now that’s a win-win!
It’s no secret: Kids can be picky eaters! And despite parents’ best efforts at offering a wide variety of healthy items, kids can sometimes still fall short in getting the nutrition they need. Supplementing with a kids multivitamin is a great way to give them an extra boost of nutrients.
Olly Kids Multivitamins fill in the gaps with a blend of vitamins and zinc in the form of yummy gummies that kids love.
The 20-Second Rule
Keep squeaky clean and prevent the spread of germs by frequently washing hands for 20 seconds at a time. Have kids hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice to help them stay on track.
Method Foaming Hand Soap is my favorite brand for washing the littlest hands. The bright colors and gentle foam make it easy and fun for kids to clean all the nooks and crannies between their fingers. Plus, parents can appreciate Method’s strict ingredient standards that benefit our families and our planet.
H2O on the Go
It’s important for kids to stay hydrated throughout the day—especially when they are physically active. While water is the healthiest hydrator, sometimes kids want a little extra flavor.
My go-to is Juicy Waters (by Juicy Juice). Unlike sugary juices and sodas, this unsweetened beverage won’t add unnecessary calories to your little ones’ diets. It’s just water with a splash of yummy fruit flavor.