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Eating the right foods is important for keeping your family happy and healthy.
But with busy lives and not enough hours in the day, it can be difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Sitting around the dinner table eating a home cooked meal is the perfect way to spend an evening, and is something your family should do more of.
If your family could do with a boost, take a look at some simple ways to eat healthier as a family.
Food planning is one of the most effective ways to stick to a healthy eating routine. By deciding what you’re going to eat at the beginning of the week, you’ll be able to save money on your grocery shop and plan healthy meals for dinner each week.
Sit down together and ask everyone to choose a dish and things will soon fall into place. Read a meal planning guide and start putting your weekly meal plan together.
For an even easier option, I suggest the $5 Dinners Meal Plan. You can try a membership for free for two weeks, and after that, it will only cost $5 per month for cheap, easy, healthy meal plans!
Cook from scratch
If you rely on a lot of packets and jars to make cooking easier, you might be unaware of the high sugar and salt content found in different products. Making your own foods from scratch ensures you know exactly what’s going in your food, allowing you to create healthier versions of your favorite dishes.
Learn how to batch-make sauces, rubs, and marinades (check out my favorite marinade recipe here), freezing them if necessary so you’ve always got a homemade supply. If you want to take it a step further, why not grow your own fruit and vegetables in the garden too?
Make the most of kitchen gadgets
There are some amazing gadgets you can buy for your kitchen to make cooking healthy meals simpler. For example, using a spiralizer can help you make zucchini noodles, and other great vegetables to use as an alternative to pasta in your recipes.
See HealthyButSmart.com for a great review of an air fryer that will allow you to enjoy some of your favorite fried foods with just a small amount of oil. Smoothie and soup makers are also great for helping to make healthy foods the easy way from your own kitchen.
Have everyone pitch in
When you’re the only person responsible for cooking in the house, it’s easy to let things slip. Change things up and have everyone do their part to prep and cook dinner so that family cooking becomes a team effort.
Take a look at some fantastic recipes that you and the family can put together to have great meals every night. Many hands make light work, as they say so you’ll all free up some time by helping each other out.
Making some changes to your lifestyle is a great way to live healthier as a family and enjoy tasty, home cooked food. Teaching your kids good habits now will benefit them as they get older, so get the whole family invested in eating better. It’s easy to do once you get started, and you’ll all feel better for it as a result.