If you’ve got a family with kids, you probably already know how important it is to provide them with healthy meals and demonstrate healthy habits they will continue throughout their lives. But it’s not always easy to find the time to create perfectly healthy, balanced meals every night of the week, when you’re juggling everything from after-school activities to doctor and dentist appointments, social calendars and your own job. So we’ve put together some tips and tricks you can use for cooking healthy meals your kids will love, and you’ll feel great about serving!
One of the most important habits that will ensure you stick with a healthy cooking plan is to plan your meals in advance. This might take a bit of preparation on Sunday night, but it will save you loads of time during the week, when you don’t even have to think about what’s for dinner! So look through your recipe books and articles on Sunday to find meals that look healthy and easy to prepare. The next step is to cross-reference ingredients, so you can buy one ingredient and use it throughout the week. Think about making a roasted chicken on Monday, then using the leftovers as chicken salad and soup later on during the week. This will make grocery shopping much more easy and efficient.
Go with whole grains
If you want your kids to eat what you cook, you’re going to need to become best friends with whole grains. As we all know, kids absolutely love pasta, pizza, rice and bread, so if they’re going to consume all of this, it’s your job to make it as healthy as possible. Make simple switches like sweet potatoes for white ones, wheat bread for white, and whole grain pasta for regular pasta. Chances are they won’t even notice the difference!
While you may only have time to snag a banana and a coffee for your morning eats, it’s so important to make sure your kids get sent off to school with a balanced breakfast in their tummy. If not, they’ll be hounding the vending machines by mid-morning for candy and other junk food. So get your kids used to eating oatmeal, whole grain cereal or eggs and toast in the morning before heading out for the day. And avoid any sugary drinks in the morning, as this will lead to a crash and burn later.
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