It’s finally summer and time to enjoy all the fun that comes with it. When kids are out of school, there are plenty of opportunities to build healthy habits. Summertime also comes with a unique set of challenges for kids and teens who want to eat well, move more, and get enough sleep! Here are some tips from Kurbo coaches to help kids (and their parents!) feel healthy all summer.

Top Tips for a Healthy Summer

  • Fill your plate with a rainbow of foods

    Summer is the perfect time to try a variety of green light foods. Farmer’s markets are a fun way to try fruits and vegetables that are easier to find (and may cost less) in the summertime. Adding colors to your diet also adds the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy and strong. How many colors can your family eat in a day? 

  • Try a new recipe, or “Kurbo-fy” an old favorite

    There are so many options, it can be overwhelming to find a healthy recipe! Start with the Kurbo Summer Cookbook for healthy twists on summer classics like coleslaw, burgers, and popsicles. Have your kids help pick out a recipe and cook together! 

  • Drink lots of water

    When you are on vacation or at a party, it’s easy to fall out of our regular habits like drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key, especially when it gets hot outside! Try to think about your water intake in terms of ‘glugs’ (which are similar to ounces). As the temperature rises, the more glugs you should be consuming. Heading out for a run? Make sure you are drinking water before, during, and after your physical activities. 

  • Stay mindful of screen time

    Kids often have more free time in the summer, which leads to extra time on electronic devices. While each family’s philosophy on screens is different, it is helpful to create a plan with your kids around screen time. One simple rule to start with is to have no screens out during family mealtime. Keep in mind that the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry encourages parents to turn off screens and remove them from bedrooms 30-60 minutes before bedtime. You can read more of the AACAP’s recommendations here. You may find that limiting screen time naturally increases the amount of time your children spend on outdoor activities! 

  • Have lots of green light foods prepped and ready at home

    A tried and true Kurbo coach tip is to keep green light fruits and vegetables prepped and easy to access on your counter and in the fridge. When fruits and vegetables are the easiest thing to grab when you want a snack, you are much more likely to eat them. For example, you can start with a bowl of washed grapes on the counter and sliced cucumbers and baby carrots on the eye-level shelf of your fridge. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they disappear! Learn more about how to organize your fridge for healthy habits.

And there you have it, those are Kurbo’s top tips for healthy habits this summer. Enjoy making new memories with family and friends!