Parents: Get the inspirational tips you need to maintain a healthy eating family. How can you survive the workload of providing healthy food choices day in, day out? Here are some healthy eating tips for staying inspired when you’re responsible for the good eating habits of your precious family.
Do you spend hours each day trapped in the food preparation cycle of chopping, cooking, washing dishes, then chopping, cooking, washing dishes and then the next day all over again? Do you crack some days and grab the can of baked beans or sardines, a pre-packaged veggie burger or some frozen fish? No wonder people buy fast foods and convenience foods!
Sticking to a menu that you know is both healthy and energising for your family takes time and effort that is often unappreciated. There’s also the brain energy that goes into planning, devising recipes, shopping and juggling cooking times with childcare and a little housecleaning.
Many people enjoy the process of preparing healthy food for their families. However, given the time it can suck from your day, if you’re one of those who don’t enjoy it, you could be faced with a real problem staying motivated.
See the big picture
Being involved in the whole food cycle, from growing it to composting it, can help you to see the big picture. Here you can really appreciate that the food you’re sharing with your family is fresh and buzzing with nutrients. You can see the results when your kids continue to grow well, with enhanced immunity and sometimes too much energy! Leafy greens grow well in large containers, sprouts can be cultivated in a small space on a kitchen bench, and climbers like beans, snowpeas and tomatoes can provide an excellent return for the area they utilise in your garden.
Enjoy the process
With the dedication the task of consistently providing healthy meals to your family requires, you may as well find a way to enjoy the process. Explore the resources that are available in bookshops and libraries, on the internet and in your friends’ kitchens. Expand your own knowledge about nutrition, digestion and food values so that you can optimise the healthy food choices you make for your family. Experiment with healthy eating recipes and you’ll quickly accumulate a list of family favourites. Take pleasure in being an open-minded learner and take pride in becoming the expert on your family’s health.
Make the most of healthy eating shortcuts
One shortcut that combines maximising nutrition from your home-grown produce with reduced preparation times is blending up green smoothies for the kids. Kids will happily consume their greens and save you the mealtime battles, and you’ll save yourself some fuss in the kitchen. At 40% green vegetables and 60% ripe fruit, the kids will suck up their greens greedily. For breakfast! You’ll need a good blender to get the consistency smooth and a couple of bendy straws to add extra novelty.
You’ll benefit along with your family when you make healthy eating choices, and provide an excellent role model for your children to follow in later years. It’s worth the effort it takes to build up your family’s healthy eating habits while you can.