VALUE OF WORK

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Afua Daines

It’s that time of the year again; school is out and chil­dren are on va­ca­tion, caus­ing us to make fun plans for things for them to do. Get­ting a daily dose of sun, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tious meals, most chil­dren will be out and about or sit­ting watch­ing TV or play­ing video games. With this likely sce­nario for the vast ma­jor­ity of chil­dren dur­ing the sum­mer months, par­ents need to have some “tools” at their dis­posal to con­tinue on the healthy road so as not to con­tract viruses at swimming pools, in­fec­tions etc . With that said, I have de­vel­oped some­what of a medicine chest to help keep the many ail­ments of sum­mer from in­vad­ing your home and fam­ily.

The first and prob­a­bly eas­i­est way to keep your fam­ily healthy is to drink plenty of pure wa­ter, prefer­ably dis­tilled, ev­ery day. Each fam­ily mem­ber should have a bot­tle of wa­ter that gets re­filled through­out the day, thus elim­i­nat­ing the need to drink out of wa­ter foun­tains or to pur­chase bev­er­ages laden with sugar from vend­ing ma­chines.

Next is good, whole­some food. This can be achieved easily by al­ways hav­ing fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles cut up and ready to eat. Add to this some whole grains, nuts and seeds to cre­ate energy and you have a health-pro­mot­ing meal sim­ply and easily. Meals do not have to be com­pli­cated. A sim­ple quinoa/oat­meal for break­fast, a veg­gie wrap or home­made soup for lunch, and a green leafy salad with a lean pro­tein (which can be a mix­ture of beans or a small slice of sus­tain­ably sourced chicken) for din­ner is the best way to en­sure that your chil­dren are get­ting the nu­tri­ents they need to have energy through­out the day and to sleep well at night. For an af­ter­noon or evening snack, make up some de­li­cious green smooth­ies or have some more nuts and seeds along with some veg­gie sticks and a healthy ranch dip!

I can­not stress enough the im­por­tance of some form of reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity each day for at least 30 min­utes as well as qual­ity fam­ily time. It’s been proven time and again that chil­dren who feel loved and spend qual­ity time with their par­ents get sick less of­ten and per­form bet­ter.

Take a brisk walk or play an out­door game with your chil­dren ev­ery day. It will do all of you a world of good!

So have fun and en­joy the time with your chil­dren this sum­mer. Re­mem­ber Maceys Cook­ing Cor­ner is ev­ery Thurs­day at 7 p.m. at Maceys Span­ish Fork. We will re­sume again on July 30. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Afua Daines at 435-773-8280 or email her (which is bet­ter) at afua@1from2.com.

Afua Daines with UJam queen Ash­ley Ko­zlowski at Maceys Cook­ing Hour.

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