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When Happily Ever After becomes #HealthilyEverAfter with Disney

Once upon a time there lived a family who wanted to live a little healthier. And for us being healthy consists of two main areas that are within our control to improve...

One of those is to be more active - this doesn't necessarily mean heading to the gym but rather those little lifelong changes that can be made to get outdoors a bit more and incorporate more movement into our daily lives.

The second area is healthy eating. I'm always conscious of making sure that we all eat plenty of fruit and veg as a family. So we've been inspired by some of our favourite Disney films and characters to get healthy this year.

Disney have launched a #HealthilyEverAfter campaign to encourage families to get active and eat healthily. On the Disney Healthy Living site you can get lots of inspiration and ideas. Here is Disney's #HealthilyEverAfter video to give you an idea of what it is all about.


We also love some of the healthy eating inspiration like the Olaf bento style lunch on the site. Olaf and his friends from Frozen have given us plenty of inspiration to get active this winter too.

At this time of year it can be so tempting just to stay indoors, snuggle up and watch films. And there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes. But it's also crucial to get outdoors and get active - your body will thank you for it. It can shake off those cobwebs and the fresh air will stop that lethargic feeling I get when I stay cooped up indoors for too long in winter.

The kids love getting outdoors whatever the weather - whether it's dressing up in waterproofs and jumping in puddles or going out for a winter walk. Watch our video to see what happened when we woke up to find a very 'Frozen' day...

When it comes to eating veggies, I used to be a firm believer in exposing babies and toddlers to plenty of tastes and textures believing that they wouldn't become fussy eaters. It worked a dream for my first two children. They have always been happy to try all sorts of vegetables no matter how weird and wonderful.

Then Miss T came along and she too was given lots of different tastes and textures to try but she just did not want to try new vegetables! So I've had to incorporate more and more vegetables into the meals I cook rather than serve the vegetables separately. She is far happier eating them this way. I make meals like Macaroni cheese with butternut squash added in. Chilli con carne with added aubergine and carrots. Mashed potato with leeks mixed in.

I decided to turn to Disney again for inspiration and this time it was the Disney scene from Lady and the Tramp that we lovingly call 'the spaghetti dogs'. Everyone seems to know and love this iconic scene where Lady and Scamp share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and find themselves nibbling on the same piece of spaghetti until their lips meet.

We recreated the scene in our video which also shows just how easy it is to get those veggies into meals. Just by finely chopping onion, carrots, courgette and celery and mixing them in with the beef mince you can easily incorporate all those veggies into a family meal. Serve with wholewheat spaghetti to give it another healthy twist.

I would love to hear how you inspire your family to be healthier and more active? I know that @Disney_Uk would love to hear your stories too using the #healthilyeverafter hashtag.

This post is part of Disney's #HealthilyEverAfter campaign with BritMums sponsored by Disney. Share your stories and be inspired at DisneyHealthyLiving.co.uk and live Healthily Ever After (#HealthilyEverAfter).


14 comments:

  1. Lovely video and kids were so excited with snow! Love your healthy veg meat balls.

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  2. That video is so cute! Best of luck with the healthy eating x

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  3. Oh my goodness - cuteness overload!
    I've seen the trailers for Healthier ever after but I must say, nothing is more adorable that Miss T & and the 'tramp' - Love that.

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    1. i have to say she really is adorable! x

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  4. I love everything about this post Rebecca, from your son jumping in the puddles (it's got to be done, right) to your daughter re-enacting lady and the tramp. Being just the two of us, I don't need to hide our veggies but I shall send this onto our niece who is having 'fun' encouraging her two youngsters to eat veg ...I'm sure it will provide some inspiration.
    We're off for a nice winter walk later tis morning in the hope of finding a local red kite (not often seen in these parts sadly)
    Angela x

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    1. thank you Angela. Hope you get to see that Kite! x

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  5. Love your puddle pic - makes me want to jump in too! :)

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    1. I know! They love getting dressed in their waterproofs and going in search of puddles. x

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  6. I always reading about your family adventures on here. Love this one particularly. You guys are great! :)

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    1. thanks Anita. we are always inspired by your adventures too x

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  7. One of the many wonderful things about you is that you have no idea how much you inspire others. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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    1. that is such a lovely thing to say Kate. Thank you. x

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