2 easy steps to making family health a top priority—it’s fun!

2 easy steps to making family health a top priority—it’s fun!

Health. Everything stems from it: happiness, wellbeing, vitality. Why not make health your top priority for the New Year? Here are two easy steps to make it happen.

1. Get outside.

Leading experts agree that regular physical activity is essential for staying fit and trim, mentally and physical sharp. It’s especially crucial for our kids, who aren’t getting enough outdoor playtime these days. Childhood obesity affects nearly 20 percent of U.S. children, leading to complications such as Type 2 diabetes and asthma, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

And the best part is it doesn’t matter what you do – as long as you move. Do something together as a family and, as parents, set a good example of what an active lifestyle looks like. Go for a half-hour family stroll. Take a hike, go snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating or cross-country skiing. Walk the dog, build a snowman or start a snowball fight. If weekdays are too hectic, carve out time on the weekend. Schedule outdoor activity into your family calendar, then let the kids remind you how much fun it is to play!

2. Feed your family healthy, delicious, nutritious meals.

We know this is important to you and now more than ever, there are amazing choices for your family. Wholesome ingredients such as Little Potatoes give us the nutrients we need for a well-balanced, vitamin-rich diet. A true Super Vegetable, potatoes in particular supply good carbs—the ideal pre-exercise fuel or post-workout comfort food. Although they are low-cal (20 calories fully dressed), Creamers make you feel full longer, thanks to their high carbohydrate/fiber content.

Roasted, steamed, grilled or microwaved, Little Potatoes are the perfect fat-free accompaniment to a protein—chicken, fish, beef, tofu—combined with a medley of colorful veggies for a well-rounded entrée. They also make a quick-to-prepare hearty winter dish: Shepherd’s Pie, seafood chowder, turkey-Creamer soup or a roasted veggie bowl. Substitute butter for olive oil and toss in fresh herbs to add zest. Avoid frying. Think spice versus heavy cheese, cream or bacon toppings.

We want to help you get dinner on the table. Ready to get started? Healthy doesn’t mean bland and boring. Try this exotic recipe from our Little Chef competition winner: Naia’s Braised Curry Potatoes. Wow!

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