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5 Tips to Avoid The Flu This Season

We all know the flu isn’t just a runny nose, cough, sore throat, sore muscles, fever and fatigue. The flu is a miserable child at home and the puppy dog eyes that look at you and say “mommy make me better.”

 

Here are 5 Tips recommended to help your child avoid the flu this season.

 

  1. Scrub a dub dub.

 

Germs are everywhere and children are notorious for passing around and picking things up, putting hands in their mouths; they’re explorers! But hand washing is one of the best preventions against unwanted viruses.

 

 

Not even the usual amount; EXTRA fluids. Ideally kids should drink a minimum of 5 glasses of water per day.

 

  1. Lots of ZZZzzz.

 

Sleep allows our immune systems to regenerate so when we wake up they can protect us. Children use a lot of energy in one day insuring they get a full night sleeps is best.

 

  1. Bundle Up.

 

We all know how unpredictable the weather can be. Insuring your child is dressed properly for any abrupt changes in temperature will help, if we shock the immune system it can sometimes work less effectively.

 

  1. Too hot, think not.

 

Dry indoor heat is created when the heat in your home is up too high. This can damage any natural defenses of our respiratory systems and make it harder to fight off any lingering pesky viruses like the flu.

 

Despite our best efforts sometimes our children get hit with the flu and there’s not much we can do. However we can be there for them ready in hand, a story, some soup, a blanket (or two) and lots of hugs and cuddles; doctors orders.

 

Sincerely,

Mama Beetle

5 Tips To Increase Physical Activity

Lets Get Moving!

 

Dear Moms:   

Getting your kids to become more active might be the nightmare that haunts your dreams at night.  Take a deep breath though, as you’re not the only Mom out there with this worry! Sometimes allowing them to go on their electronic devices is the only way to get some peace and quiet.  Especially if they had been bugging you constantly for the last two hours about being able to check their Minecraft (Is that still a thing?).  The key to increasing the activity level in your children is not to take the devices away but to become the master magician of making them disappear on their own. And no, we are not suggesting you hide them all together, we suggest creating active options that are more appealing than staring at a screen.  

Try out these quick tips on how NOT to become the Grinch who stole all the electronic devices.

TIP 1: Be an Active Role Model

Being an active role model is probably the most important thing you can do. If your child sees you constantly sitting around working on the computer, or planting yourself in front of the TV, then it is most likely that they will develop those same non-physical patterns in life.

If your child sees you becoming involved in sports and activities that you are interested in, it will encourage them to join their own.

Imitation is the truest form of flattery, and your mini me wants to be just like you! If you encourage yourself to lead a healthy active life, then that will rub off on your kids.

TIP 2: Get The Family Involved

Another great way to achieve ‘role model status’ is to plan active family events. Plan to go for a hike on the weekend, or make it a weekly routine to go for a bike ride around the block.  It is amazing to see how today there are literally zero kids playing outside. The invasion of technology and busy schedules prevents kids from just being kids. Encourage a planned schedule of spending a few minutes outside with your kids, eventually these activities spent together will be something your children look forward too.

TIP 3:  Implement Try Something New Tuesdays!

This can apply to physical wellness or diet. At the beginning you can be the one to pick something new for the whole family to try.  PSA: Pinterest will be your lifesaver at this point. Search out fun activities that bring the family together for one night a week. Or search out a recipe to incorporate your child’s favourite fruit into a healthier dessert.  At the end of the night, you and your family can decide whether it was something you would try again, or an activity/recipe you would prefer to leave in the dust.

TIP 4: Get Pedometers’ For Everyone

Grab a pedometer for everyone in your family from your local dollar store or Walmart. Pedometers are budget friendly devices that can encourage healthy activity within the family. Everyone will become intrigued by how many steps they can take in a day. Establish rewards for those who can hit 10,000. Tally the numbers to see who walked the farthest in one week. WARNING: this may also develop some healthy competition – which in the end will encourage more activity.

Tip 5: Turn The Music Up

Get the kids moving while they help you around the house, whether you are cleaning the dishes, folding laundry or cleaning up the toy room. Put on a song that everyone knows and can sing along too. Listen, dance and sing while you tidy up the house. You’ll be surprised by how much decluttering you can do with five minutes and a few extra hands.

Well, That’s The Juice!

Until Next Time,

Little Beetle

Keepin’ It Fresh

A great morning addition to breakfast or a tasty, healthy snack all year round, fruit salad is always a fan favourite. It’s always one of the more “popular” entities in the salad family.

 

The prep work is really the only work when it comes to fruit salad. So how annoying is it when you spend the time to cut, peel, and mix then overnight your once vivacious colourful fruit salad has gone brown.

 

Here are 5 Tips to keep that salad fresh and appealing to your eaters.

 

  1. Citric Acid

Squeezing in today, keeps the brown away.

 

Adding lemon or lime juice to your mixture is an easy way to prevent the discoloration. The citric acid in the juice from a lemon or lime stops the chemical reaction happening in your other fruits. Plus the citric flavour is an added bonus.

 

  1. Water

Got the h2o you’re good to go!

 

This may not be great for all your fruits but submerging pieces of fruit in cold water after cutting is an effective way to slow down the browning process.

 

  1. Sugar and Salt

A dash of this, a dash of that, keeps it looking fresh right of the bat.

 

Adding sugar syrup will protect your exposed fruit from the air and prevent the change in colour. Salt, a very alternative choice but will stop the fruit from changing. This would however, be one of the more “unhealthier” options because you are addition additional salt and sugar.

 

  1. Vitamin C Tablet

Crush, brush and stop the rush.

 

Simply break up the tablet with a spoon or other utensil. Once broken up mix vitamin into water and use the mixture to “paint” over your fruit.

 

  1. Juice

Pick your flavour

 

This is definitely one of the easiest and fastest ways to preserve your fruit salad. Adding either your favourite orange, pineapple or apple juice to your mix will help preserve your snack and piece of mind that is will withstand the week. Be careful if you are working on a health-conscious recipe that a lot of juices have a lot of additional sugar, which helps with preservation but isn’t great when trying to reduce the eater’s sugar intake.

 

 

Fresh to Def: Salad Not For Rabbits.

 

The ultimate fruit salad, ready for any snack or eager eater.

 

Keep in mind, depending on the season and time of year some of this fruit may not be at its peak season. Some fruits like pineapple or peaches can be bought canned and just as delicious.

 

Ingredients:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • peaches
  • pears
  • oranges
  • pineapples
  • grapes
  • lemon juice
  • cinnamon

 

Instructions:

Could it get any easier?

  1. Cut all fruit into desirable eating pieces.
  2. Mix up all fruits into one large bowl.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, insuring it covers as much as the fruit as possible.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, sprinkle throughout the mix.

 

Optional:

  • Add granola or almonds on the top of your serving to add an alternative texture and crunch.
  • A side of vanilla Greek yogurt is always a beautiful partnership.

 

 

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