…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.
Something you can always do is plan ahead. 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 any children don’t want to try new things. This means that it can be difficult to get them to try vegetables and fruits that would otherwise be really good for them. 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 that out often gives them the courage they need to try the new thing, knowing that you won’t force them to eat it. Forcing kids to eat food just leads to them hating it for longer and having some negative emotions towards you.
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.
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