Exercising every day, putting your kids into sports and playful activities, and living a generally active lifestyle will only go so far if your family isn’t also eating well. This doesn’t mean putting your kids on some awful fad diet or only eating carrot sticks, but rather changing the whats, hows, and whys of the ways you cook. Both kids and adults should eat a full, healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, fiber, and protein. So while you definitely shouldn’t cut out your favorite cheesecake altogether or start eating boring, flavorless meals, making an effort to get your family eating better can seriously change the way you think about food and your health.
Getting your family to stray away from everything that they hold dear, especially when it comes to food, can be really hard. So here are a few simple tips to get you started. Happy eating!
1. Make Meal Plans
All good tips about making healthier meals for your family completely go out the window if you’re too tired or busy to actually cook anything. Comprehensive meal plans and make-ahead meals do wonders for allowing families to eat healthy even when they are in a time crunch. You can plan and make your meals weeks in advance with the help of a simple chart and some freezer-friendly meal recipes.
2. Get Healthier Snacks
It’s hard to get through any day without the comfort that a few good snacks provide. When you’re looking to eat healthier, cutting snacks out of your diet altogether can actually be pretty detrimental. Instead of chips, snack cakes, and candy, buy your family healthy snacks that they can snack on without consuming tons of calories and empty sugars. Nuts, fruits, veggies, and low-calorie sweets will allow your family to fight off hunger without being unhealthy.
3. Eat Out Less
In addition to being a delicious splurge, eating out, whether at actual restaurants or fast food joints, may be a regular occurrence for busy families. Stay away from outside restaurants as much as possible and keep your meals at home. Consider the meal prep options mentioned above or enlist the entire family to help you cook dinner if you have a little more time on your hands.
4. Make One Meal for Everyone
Kids are picky eaters, which has a tendency to make creating healthy meals full of colorful veggies pretty difficult. Instead of making healthy meals for the grown ups and chicken nuggets for the kids, make sure that you’re only making one meal for everyone. You may have to get creative and hide your healthier ingredients in meals that are unassuming at first but this technique will keep your family healthy and help get rid of that pesky pickiness over time.
5. Get Rid of Soda
Even if your diet has drastically improved, there may be other things holding your family back from reaching their full potential. Those mid-day Diet Cokes and dinnertime Sprites are hurting you more than you think. Substitute your family’s soda intake for water, milk, and organic juices that contain as little sugar as possible.
6. Turn Healthy Eating Into A Fun Activity
Completely changing up your diet not only for yourself but for your entire family as well definitely isn’t a walk in the park. Turning the entire process into a fun activity will not only make it more enjoyable but get everyone much more enthusiastic about it as well. Turn cooking into a family activity and make grocery shopping more enjoyable by allowing your kids to pick a new healthy item that they want to try each week. Allow your loved ones to keep you motivated until eating healthy doesn’t feel like a chore at all!