Celebrating St. Patrick's Day -- The Healthy Way!

St. Patrick's Day is just a few days away!  Have you decided how to celebrate with your kids yet?  There are many ways that you can enjoy the day with your child.  Try some of these fun tips this year!
  • Have a green fruits and veggies tasting!  Take your child to the grocery store and let them choose 2-3 fruits and veggies that they want to try.  Invite friends over to let them try these foods too!  A list of green fruits and veggies can be found on a previous blog post here!
  • Get a shamrock cookie cutter!  Let your child (or you may need to help them) use the cookie cutter and make their sandwich or other fruits and veggies into a shamrock to celebrate.  These cookie cutters may be found at the dollar store.
  • Add a little coloring to milk!  Surprise your child in the morning with "green" milk.  Your child will love that it is a fun color to drink.
  • Cut green peppers!  Did you know that when you cut a green pepper from side to side, they make a shape of a shamrock?  Cut peppers up and serve with low-fat dip for a tasty snack.
  • Search for a pot of gold!  St. Patrick's Day isn't complete without letting your child go search for a pot of gold.  Give them several clues to search for their own pot of gold.  Your child won't even realize that they are getting physical activity while having a lot of fun.  For the pot of gold, let your child decide what they want for dinner or have them help choose a healthy dessert.
Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day with these fun tips.  How do you plan on celebrating St. Patrick's Day?

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