Healthy Habits and Active Family Traditions
Make everything for your Thanksgiving Day celebration from SCRATCH! The more work it takes, the more calories you burn. From the food to the decorations, make it a family affair!
Here are some websites to help you out:
- Thanksgiving Craft or DIY Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/dani_l_cole/thanksgiving-craft-or-diy-ideas/
- Thanksgiving Ideas: http://www.hgtv.com/thanksgiving-ideas/package/index.html
- Make It or Fake It: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/thanksgiving-ideas/make-it-fake-it-thanksgiving-nov03
- Holiday Idea Blog: http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/?index=87
Don’t drink your calories! Limit your intake of some of your favorite fall drinks:
- A grande pumpkin spice latte has almost 400 calories: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/pumpkin-spice-latte
- A Caramel apple spice is right there with it: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/kids-drinks-and-other/caramel-apple-spice
- McDonald’s hot chocolate (my personal favorite hot chocolate) has a whopping 50 carbs: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.mccafe.80016.mccafe-hot-chocolate-small.html
Active Family Traditions
Play a game outside with the whole family before or after the Big Meal: You can play football, capture the flag, or any other sport or game your family loves.
Ticking Timer: You probably already have a timer going for the turkey, so for every hour that ticks off while your bird is cooking, think of an engaging activity that your whole family can do. Maybe you can take your cues from our Activity Sticks and have a different family member pick a stick every hour and have everyone do that activity for at least 60 seconds.
Tree Trimming: The day after Thanksgiving, go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down your own Christmas tree! This is a great family tradition, and one that will burn some extra calories—especially if you make a rule that you have to take one full lap around the farm before you can pick the tree!