How often should my child exercise?
Kids below the age of seven should be getting up to three hours of play a day in a safe environment, while older children should aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, says Bibi. She also recommends that older children engage in moderate to vigorous sports, such as swimming and jogging, at least thrice a week, as this strengthens their muscles and bones.
Do observe safety precautions, though. “For instance, your child should stop exercising immediately if she experiences any pain, breathlessness or giddiness. She should also avoid exercising when unwell, or when recovering from an illness,” warns YY
Five healthy homemade snacks
Forget cookies and crackers – stock up on these snacks instead. They’re tasty, too.
- Chocolate mousse Swop the usual heavy cream for Greek yogurt or even avocado for a guilt-free indulgence.
- Fruit sticks Spear fruits such as grapes, strawberries and diced melons on satay sticks – or cut them into shapes like hearts and stars. It’s a fun way to get young kids to eat their fruits!
- Homemade potato chips Simply cover thinly sliced potatoes with parchment paper and place them in the microwave for five to six minutes.
- Trail mix Combine peanuts, cashews, pretzels, raisins or dried cranberries, and dark chocolate nibs, and store in an airtight container.
- Frozen yogurt popsicles Mix a container of Greek yogurt, one tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of vanilla extract into six popsicle moulds. Freeze overnight for healthy ‘ice cream’.
This article was first published in the October 2016 issue of Her World.