How To Create Great Healthy Meals At Home That Your Family Will Love

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There's nothing like dinner time to bring a family together. You love sitting around the table and talking about your day, but you just wish that the food you gathered around was a little more nutritious. 

Are you getting tired of eating an endless parade of chicken fingers, french fries, and other premade foods? You may be busy during the week, but we promise that it's simple to make healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.

Do you ever look at some family blogs and wonder how they have the time to cook delicious and nutritious meals despite being busy and having kids? Keep reading to see how the pros do it.

The True Secret to Cooking Healthy Meals: Our Tips

It may seem impossible, but any busy parent can easily cook most of the delicious and Instagram worthy food they see parent bloggers posting online. 

You don't have to be a chef to make healthy and delicious meals. All you need is a little creativity, planning, and a drive to make something tasty that brings people eager and excited to the table.

If you're ready to make food everyone in the family will love, make sure you follow these tips when you're thinking about what to make for dinner.

Understand Nutrition Guidelines

Do you still think that the food pyramid is the most up to date nutrition guidelines available? People with outdated ideas of nutrition should take a look at modern guidelines before they start meal planning.

If you want to make healthy food for your family, you're going to need to understand what they should be eating.

You can look at current dietary guidelines for kids and adults online. Remember to not just pay attention to the kind of food they're recommending, but also look at serving sizes.

After you catch up on current standards, be sure to remember them when you're at the store. Pay special attention to nutrition labels on prepacked foods and drinks to make sure that you're buying things that aren't too heavy in sugar and fat.

If you're not careful, sugar can cause a lot of dietary and dental issues that could lead to your kids needing a dental implant or having digestive issues.

Get Inspired

You've been seeing some of the foods your favorite bloggers post. Start paying attention to who posts the most appetizing food and save recipes from them.

Thinking of something to make off the top of your head at the store is tough. This is why having a lot of recipes bookmarked on your phone or saved on your home computer can make planning meals easy.

If you're not sure where to start, do a quick search for popular cooking blogs. Be sure to look for cooking blogs oriented towards families so you can find recipes that are a little more kid-friendly. 

Learn the Art of Meal Planning 

Family life can get busy regardless of it's a weeknight or the weekend. When you're coming home from work and driving kids to play dates and soccer practice, it's easy to see why so many tired parents settle for simple and unhealthy processed foods.

If you want to get into the habit of making healthy meals, master the art of meal planning and prepping.

Pick one day a week as your "prep" day and take care of everything you'll need to make meals throughout the week. Start off with a trip to the grocery store and stock up on food, and if need be, freezer bags and Tupperware.

When you get home, do whatever you can to prep food so it's simple to cook over the week. Portion out meat, chop vegetables, puree herbs, and start marinades so you can grab what you need and start cooking in a hurry. 

Keep Things Simple

It may seem like you have to use elaborate tools and plan fancy meals to eat healthily. But the truth is that simple foods can be nutritious and delicious. 

People don't need a lot of things to come together to make a healthy dinner. Make sure that everyone gets plenty of vegetables and lean proteins with a little starch or carbs. 

Sometimes a simply seasoned meat, a few bags of microwave steamable veggies, and a little rice or bread can be enough to plan an easy and nutritious meal everyone will love. 

Remember Other Meals of the Day

We've focused a lot on dinner in this post, but there are plenty of other meals where healthy foods are needed.

When you're prepping your dinners for the week, take some time to think about lunch and breakfast. Think about foods that are easy to eat on the go, and can be a little fun for your kids.

You can't go wrong with finger foods for lunch. Instead of buying Lunchables for your kids, make your own with whole-grain crackers, cheese sticks, meats, and vegetables. They're easy to eat, and your kids will find the set up familiar. 

Also, make sure that breakfasts are packed with protein and whole grains. Your kids can get hungry when they're waiting for lunch, and giving them a nutritious and filling breakfast can make it easier for them to concentrate in school.

Get Creative with Veggies

Your kids may not be picky eaters, but their pallets may still not be grown up enough to appreciate vegetables the same as you do. Be sure to pick foods that you can easily modify with some covertly placed extra vegetables.

Spaghetti sauce is a really easy place to add a little vegetable puree. Experiment with adding some pureed squash or leafy greens to your sauce to get your kid an extra serving of vegetables. 

Sometimes making vegetables look a little more fun can be enough to get your kids to eat them. Consider making funny faces with their vegetables on their plates or making broccoli look like tiny trees.

Going Beyond the Table 

Healthy meals don't have to be difficult to make. With a little planning and insight into nutrition, you can easily make healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for everyone in your family.

Good nutrition is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle as a family. There's still more you could be doing to make sure your family is happy, healthy, and fit. Browse our blog for more tips on how to live a more healthy life. 

 

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