Moms can zap stress, boost nutrition with these health tips

Danielle Braff

Fruit servings

If your family doesn’t manage to get all its necessary servings of daily fruit, try serving them some juice. One glass of 100 percent fruit juice counts as two of your four servings of fruit recommended in a day. A recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that people who drink fruit juice on a regular basis are ingesting high levels of key nutrients necessary for their health.

Meals on the road

Skip the burger and fries during your next trip. Instead, look for the meat-free, healthy food option. A study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine finds that 82 percent of airport restaurants offer at least one vegetarian option, and those meat-free meals tend to be lower in cholesterol and fat than their meaty counterparts.

Save time at the gym

If you’re rushing through your workouts to pick the kids up from school, here’s a little time-saver for you: Skip the warm-up stretching. A 2010 study finds that stretching before a run or a workout doesn’t have any real benefits. Instead, do a quick dynamic warm-up, swinging your arms and kicking your legs to get your muscles ready.

Snack time

Try beets. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology finds that beet juice is rich in nitrates, which makes you less tired during workouts. So if you’re racing around after the kids all day or if your children are tired after recess, turn to the red Russian veggie instead of hitting the coffee shop.

Family history

Try mapping your family’s health history, and you’ll learn more about your potential health risks than many DNA tests can tell you, says a study by the Cleveland Clinic. Ask your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents for their health history, and create a health family tree, which you can bring to your doc to learn more about your own health.

Rough day

When you’ve had a hard day, hire a babysitter and go out with a good friend. A study published in Behavioral Neuroscience finds that being around other people zaps stress, so you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the kids again in the morning.