Would you like to see the kid’s menu? Why bother? You know what is on it: chicken nuggets, french fries, mac and cheese and hot dogs. No wonder obesity has reached epidemic levels in America. But eating healthy isn’t complicated. Add fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid sugar, white flour and trans fats. But how do you get your kids to eat the good stuff? The following are some tips on how to make healthy changes to your family’s meals.
Make fruit smoothies for a quick easy breakfast. Add a package of organic berries (use frozen if fresh are not available), 1 banana, cup of fat free plain organic yogurt, 1 tsp. of ground flaxseed, apple cider or orange juice in a blender. Mix and serve.
Veggies Before Dinner
Offer cut up carrots, peppers, celery, cucumbers and tomatoes before dinner. Involve the kids in choosing what dip to go with the vegetables. Hummus is always a hit.
Sneak Those Veggies
Puree vegetables like broccoli, spinach or kale in a blender or food processor and add them spaghetti sauce. Be careful not to add too much vegetable or you might have a green sauce as opposed to a red sauce. Pour over the cooked spaghetti and add cheese.
Juice It Up
Use a juicer and have the kids help you make up some delicious and nutritious concoctions. Try adding a cucumber, an apple and a carrot.
Easy Access Fruit
Keep a fruit bowl full of organic fruits and vegetables in a central location in your kitchen.
Choose the Tastiest
Choose local, seasonal fruits and vegetables when possible. Peaches in the summer taste much better than peaches in December.
Stock your freezer with healthier versions of the old standbys. For instances, Health is Wealth makes delicious chicken nuggets and Applegate Farms makes tasty chicken hot dogs without sodium nitrates.
- Don’t go overboard. You are not going to change your families eating habits over night. Take small steps. Try one of the suggestions or new recipes at a time.