Eating together as a family can be a hard enough challenge, but eating healthy together is a challenge of its own. The National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.’ If taste is the ruling decision maker in your grocery trips and meal planning, we have some tips on how to prepare healthy meals that you and your family agree are tasty. Here are 3 ways to eat healthier as a family.
The problem: Your family is sick of the staples like carrots, apples, plain chicken and fish. Serving the same “healthy” meals can cause your family to quickly get bored and suggest less nutritious options.
The solution: Switch it up. Grab some more exotic foods to introduce tastier alternatives.
- For veggies: try zucchinis, asparagus, or sweet peppers and serve with a hummus or Greek yogurt dip instead of the less healthy ranch dressing.
- For fruits: try pears, grapefruit, or cherries instead of the normal apples, bananas, or grapes.
- For protein: try adding beans or nuts to turn a side salad into the main dish. Or, spice up your chicken or fish with this carrot ginger sauce recipe.
The problem: Packing lunches. Getting everyone up and out the door in the mornings often comes at the cost of a nice packed lunch, which can translate to cafeteria food again for all.
The solution: Pack a lunch the night before. It only takes 15 minutes and can mean an end to the costly, unsatisfying midday fare, while providing a much healthier alternative. Making lunches the night before gives us all a better chance to make something balanced and nutritious and help avoid the morning chaos.
- Looking for a new tasty option? Try this mixed greens and raspberry salad. Your kids will love the sweet, tangy raspberries and you will love that they are willingly eating greens.
The problem: Your children keep throwing sugary breakfast foods into the shopping cart. These cereals offer little substance to start off the day and are full of processed flour and sugars.
The solution: Shop alone and offer a tasty replacement. Shopping without the crew (and on a full stomach!) gives you the opportunity to avoid the foods that offer no nutritional value, without the guilt. For breakfast, replace their sugary cereal with homemade oatmeal.
Homemade Oatmeal in ten minutes:
Boil a cup of water, add a cup of old fashioned oats, and cook until all water is absorbed. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar or cinnamon, walnuts, and berries for a meal that will taste good and stick with them.
Interested in more advice on eating healthy as a family? Call Crittenton’s Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Center at 248-652-5660.