Getting your family to eat healthy can be overwhelming, and seemingly unattainable, in the face of daily responsibilities and schedules. But there are ways to get organized and plan ahead, to get your family on the right track. Here are some tips on how to get your family eating healthy.
Focus on Eating Whole Foods
Whole foods are foods that are as close to their original form as possible without being refined or processed. They are foods that don’t have ingredients; they are the ingredients. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Trying to eat whole foods as much as possible is one of the most important changes you will make in your family’s diet (Everyday Health, 2016).
Select a ‘Meal Prep’ Day Each Week
Planning a day for preparing your weekly meals is a helpful shortcut. On this day, you can wash your produce, chop your vegetables, cut up fruit for morning smoothies, marinate your meats, or boil your grains. Store these in airtight containers in the fridge and you’ll save time when you’re preparing meals for the rest of the week (Everyday Health, 2016).
Invite Your Kids into the Kitchen
The sooner you get your kids into the kitchen, the healthier their relationship will be with cooking and food. They can learn how to make healthy and nutritious foods that they enjoy and will eat. Cooking and being in the kitchen together is also a bonding experience that can bring the whole family together (Everyday Health, 2016).
Eat One Meal Together Each Day
This may be a tired, old cliché, but ‘a family that eats together, stays together.’ Sharing a meal with your whole family has many benefits to overall physical and emotional wellbeing. The family conversation around the dinner table is a great opportunity to communicate and connect with our children while promoting nourishment for the mind and the body (Everyday Health, 2016).
Everyday Health. (2016). Healthy Eating the Whole Family Can Enjoy. Retrieved from