The New Year brings anticipation, wonder, desire to better ourselves… But if you’re not in to setting unrealistic resolutions that usually fail within weeks, we have a couple easy ways to improve current habits that can be joyfully incorporated into our lives without feeling like a resolution.
Health: Exercise With Your Kids
We love practicing Yoga with the kids here at New Creations. There are many benefits to children participating in a physical activity that strengthens their bodies and eases their minds.
By practicing yoga poses, children can learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better. Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. And because children encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges or conflicts, a dedicated and intentional yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral guidelines, and physical postures can be incredibly valuable for them. Try practicing some poses with your kids!
Nutrition: Healthy Chicken Nuggets
Quick and easy meals are what every parent longs for; however, it isn’t always the healthiest option. Swap out processed foods for homemade. If your kids love chicken nuggets, you’ll have to try this delicious, easy recipe.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
What you’ll need:
1 lb chicken breast
½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
½ cup all purpose flour
½-1 tsp McCormick’s Garlic and Herb seasoning
Pinch of salt
1 egg (or ¼ cup light olive oil)
Turn your stove top to a medium/medium-high heat. Add a few Tbl of olive oil. Let the pan get hot. In the meantime, create an assembly line of your chicken breasts (cut to your size preference), a bowl of flour, a bowl for the beaten egg (or oil), then the Panko with seasoning and salt.
Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel
Roll the chicken in the flour
Dip in egg wash (or oil)
Heavily coat the chicken in the panko mixture
Gently lay the chicken in the hot pan (laying away from you to avoid any splatter) to fry. Let cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, checking for a golden brown crust. Serve with your favorite healthy sides! Guaranteed to be a new favorite.
Fun: Family Activities to Get You Through the Winter
Winter can feel very long, so get out there and enjoy the cold. Explore Ice Castles in Minnesota! Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more. They’ll be open in New Brighton from January 17 – February 17. There’s a fee for adults but kids 0-3 are free!
Enjoy a family-fun day snow tubing at Wild Mountain! They do recommend that guests be 42” tall, but it’s entirely up to the parents whether their child can enjoy the activity safely. They have smaller tubes for smaller children. There’s a fee and 2 or 3 hour limit.
Head down to Edina for a beautiful skate in the park! Centennial Lakes Park features a 10-acre lake that is groomed daily during the winter for ice skating. Spread out over three main ponds connected by narrow, meandering canals, the rink gives skaters a unique skating experience.
However you choose to enhance yourself and your family this year, be intentional of the choices you make and enjoy the ride. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Here’s to a happy, safe and blessed New Year!