As a parent, there’s a lot to keep up with nowadays. Sometimes it may be difficult to get your family to eat as healthy as they should. A lot of times, people think in order to eat healthier, they have to eat foods that don’t taste good. And that gives them all the more reason to give in to the drive-through.
But fortunately, you don’t have to surrender to bland foods to eat healthier. There are a lot of flavorful yet nutritious foods out there. So here are a few tips that can help keep your family eating relatively healthy meals without feeling deprived.
Make Good Tasting Meals at Home
You don’t have to count calories all the time or swear off all fats to eat healthier. The goal is to make things at home with nutritious main ingredients and with minimal processing or none at all. If there are some fattening ingredients in the mix, that’s alright. Remember, your body does need some fat. Just try to minimize foods that are bad for you.
If you go for meals that taste good and contain vitamin-packed ingredients, you will be eating healthier. If the meals you make at home are tasty, it will be less of a temptation to eat out. That’s not to say your family can’t eat out or eat something not so healthy occasionally but try to cook healthy food for most of your meals. Also, let the kids pitch in, so they’ll pick up some cooking skills, too.
Go for Homemade Desserts or Healthier Store-Bought Goods
You can be a eat healthier and still have dessert. The goal is making it as nutritious as you can without compromising on taste. Homemade goods often taste better than store-bought. And if you pick the right recipes, they are usually healthier. If you make all the desserts yourself, you will not need to worry about your family eating a whole bunch of overly processed snacks that you bought spur of the moment.
However, if you find it easier to purchase already prepared desserts, try to only pick things that don’t contain artificial colors or flavors and are minimally processed. If you or a family member like certain things that are processed or artificial, you can still have them. But try to make it an occasional thing that you don’t buy every time you shop. Also, try making some desserts at home in between the times you do buy them.
Switch Up What You Eat
Keep trying new recipes so you can figure out which ones you’ll try before you shop. That way, you can get all the necessary ingredients. This will keep you from reverting back to the “same old, same old” every week. When you do repeat meals or desserts, try to only repeat the ones your family loves.
Another tip is to take your family’s favorite dishes and prepare them in healthier ways. For example, if your family loves to eat take out French fries, make baked fries at home, instead. Or, try using sweet potatoes, which are full of vitamins and minerals.
If you need some new meal or dessert ideas, the internet is full of different recipes. And many are both nutritious and easy to prepare. Also, if you want to know if they are likely to taste good, check for comments from people who have already made the food. You may even find additional tips on preparing it.
These are just a few suggestions to encourage your family to eat healthier without driving everyone crazy in the process. Planning new, good-tasting recipes and making them at home will make the family less likely to give in to eating out. And that is especially true if your food at home tastes better.