…Even Small Children!
When it comes to feeding your family, eating healthy as a group can be difficult. From dealing with different tastes to prepping lunches to coordinating a time for everyone to sit down together for dinner, it gets really really complicated. However, you can make it easier on yourself by planning ahead and making use of all the tools that you have at your disposal.
Meal prepping can make it easier to do a lot of things in your life including healthy eating. However, it’s not always feasible depending on your financial situation.
If you have the time, energy and money, it can also be incredibly helpful to purchase the week’s groceries ahead of time using the grocery list to supplement what you have in your pantry already and to create four or five meals out of that list all at once. If you need a little meal planning inspiration as well as some help keeping tabs on your nutritional balance and calorie intake you can try an app like Noom, which not only tracks your calories but also provides you with the services of a personal diet coach. For more information about Noom and its pros and cons, read this Noom review.
Something you can always do is plan ahead though. By keeping track of what is in your pantry, whether you do this in your head or with a list, you will be able to use what is there much more effectively in your cooking and shop a lot more efficiently and inexpensively.
Make Kids Try New Foods
One of the struggles with healthy eating is that many children don’t want to try new things, such as vegetables and fruits. One way you can do that is by asking them to try a single bite of a new type of food, and if they don’t like it, then they don’t have to eat it. Knowing that they have a way to opt out often gives children the courage they need to try new foods, since they won’t feel forced to eat them. Forcing kids to eat food will cause them to put up even greater resistance and will create negative emotions towards you and eating in general.
Use Your Crock Pot and Pressure Cooker
Parents have never been busier than they are now. Between most households having two working parents to the number of extracurricular activities that kids have after school, time is at a premium. Ways to make that easier for busy parents are to use a crockpot or pressure cooker to do most of the cooking work for you so that you don’t have to spend hours in front of the stove to get a healthy meal.
For those with a little extra time in the morning, crockpots can be extremely useful to have a hot meal ready to go on the table when you get home from work or school. This is especially helpful if you have pre-chopped vegetables and potatoes to make stews or roasts even healthier than they already are. You can also sneak different vegetables into these dishes easily, making it easier to get your kids to eat them.
If you are more of a last-minute shaft, a pressure cooker can be a lifesaver as long as you know how to use it. There are dozens of websites out there that catered to pressure cooker recipes to help you convert what you already have into something healthy.
See More from Nisha Miller
Nisha MillerLifestyle Editor | FamilyLivingToday.comNisha@FamilyLivingToday.com
Family Living Today is a free resource for families, providing everything from in-depth product reviews to expert advice. Our articles and guides are written by industry experts and backed by in-depth research and analysis.