Have you found yourself in the fast food lane with your family all too frequently in the last few months? While the justification may well be lack of time and convenience, if you have young children, you’re setting a perilous example of acceptable eating habits. Young children will eat what you serve them whether it’s healthy or not. Commit to turning the tide on your family’s food choices and return to basic, healthy eating. You’ll appreciate it as will your family for years to come. Follow these basic recommendations from nutrition experts to get your family’s eating habits back on track.
One of the tremendous values of eating dinner together at the kitchen table is the bonding, tradition and trust that develops between family members. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or have endless hours to put a healthy meal on the table for your entire family to enjoy. If there are after school activities, sports practices or work commitments that seem to consistently interfere with the dinner hour, assess your choices and your priorities. The key to healthy eating as a family is planning. Commit to spending Sunday afternoon planning and shopping for meals for the week. Enlist your children where age appropriate. Children will learn about healthy eating habits and food choices from you. One way to engage very small children in developing healthy food choices is to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and purchase a selection of ‘foods’ from the toy department at ToysRUs. Let them make food choices from their own ‘grocery store’.
Fresh vegetables, lean meats and fish as well as healthy grains are all components of nutrient rich meals. Limit processed foods and sugary sodas. Our bodies are not designed to process copious amounts of added sodium and sugars. The side effects can be the start of life long health problems. Enjoy your time with your family preparing and eating meals in your own home.