Swamped this sum­mer? Seven tips to keep your fam­ily healthy

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The sunny days of sum­mer are here and school might soon be out, but your fam­ily is still as ac­tive as ever. It’s easy to get caught up in a hec­tic sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties, but don’t let the sum­mer hus­tle keep you from a healthy life­style.

En­joy­ing the sum­mer is about bal­ance and plan­ning. These tips will help your fam­ily stay happy, healthy and ready to tackle any­thing the sum­mer months throw your way.

• Fuel up with break­fast: Set the tone for the rest of your day with a good-for-you break­fast. A com­plete break­fast gives you and your fam­ily the en­ergy needed to take on the busy sum­mer sched­ule. There are plenty of easy break­fast recipes that let you eat while you’re run­ning out the door. Try peanut but­ter or avo­cado on toast, hard boiled eggs or a fruit smoothie for a quick, sat­is­fy­ing meal.

• Set a sum­mer sched­ule: Cre­ate a master cal­en­dar to hang up in your kitchen. This should in­clude ev­ery­one’s daily ac­tiv­i­ties for the sum­mer so noth­ing is for­got­ten. Take a look at the cal­en­dar at the be­gin­ning of each week to get a sense of what’s to come.

• Re­main ac­tive: En­cour­age your kids to get out­side by plan­ning a weekly out­door ac­tiv­ity as a fam­ily. From hik­ing, bik­ing, a game of tag, skat­ing and swim­ming, find some­thing your fam­ily loves do­ing to­gether. You can also get some ex­tra steps in by tak­ing an after-din­ner walk around the block each night.

• Snack healthy: Kids love to snack, es­pe­cially when they’re home for the sum­mer. Stock up on easy go-to snacks like Snack Fac­tory Pret­zel Crisps, fresh fruit, and gra­nola bars so you’ll be ready when their stom­achs start to growl. Pret­zel Crisps dipped in peanut but­ter or hum­mus cre­ate a fill­ing, whole­some snack. They’re packed in re­seal­able bags, mak­ing Pret­zel Crisps the per­fect por­ta­ble snack for the car rides be­tween swim prac­tice, sum­mer camp and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

• Stay hy­drated: In­stead of that third cup of cof­fee, you might want to be more con­scious of your wa­ter in­take. You and your fam­ily will need to stay hy­drated in the sum­mer heat, so al­ways be sure ev­ery­one has a bot­tle of wa­ter with them. If there’s a bot­tle within arm’s reach, you’re more likely to sip us­ing lit­tle con­scious ef­fort.

• Make a point to un­plug: While it’s im­por tant to let your kids stay con­nected to friends and peers dur­ing the sum­mer, you should also be aware of your fam­ily’s tech­nol­ogy use. For ex­am­ple, you could make a pact to put away de­vices at din­ner time and two hours be­fore bed­time. Find an ap­proach to reg­u­lat­ing tech­nol­ogy that works for you.

• Stick with stel­lar sleep­ing habits: Your kids will likely want to stay up later in the sum­mer, but make sure they’re still get­ting ad­e­quate sleep. Work as a team to make sleep a fam­ily pri­or­ity.

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