How to Make a Healthy Family Meal
Every time you cook something that’s shaped like a veggie, your children turn their noses up at it. It seems like they don’t want to eat anything that’s not a bowl of mac and cheese or chicken nuggets. They refuse to touch water, and grains are a no-go.
You know you need to try to get your kids to eat healthier, but they make it so hard on you. What are you supposed to do?
We might have a few family meal ideas that can help you please every picky eater at your table. Keep reading to learn more.
Proteins are important and everything, but no matter what family dinner idea you go with, veggies should be the main focus of the meal. They’re full of vitamins and minerals that everyone needs to stay healthy.
They’re also low in calories and they tend to make you feel fuller longer. The problem is getting your children to try them.
Most picky eaters will do their best to eat around the crunchy greens on their plates. Our recommendation is to sneak them into classics you know they’ll love. For example, try out spaghetti squash mac n cheese.
Buy Lean Proteins
Now that you’ve picked out a few veggies, it’s time to choose a few lean proteins. Chicken, seafood, and tofu are all great options.
Eating them will keep your family’s metabolisms going and provide them will all the vitamin B their bodies need. To get your kids to eat their chicken or fish, try cutting it into fun shapes.
Whole Grains Are Important
When you’re preparing plates, about a quarter of the meal needs to include a whole grain of some kind.
When most people think of whole grains, their minds go to brown rice. While it will do the trick, there are plenty of others.
Look for healthy recipes that include farrow, millet, barley, and quinoa to give your family a little bit of variety. That alone will make the meal more appetizing.
Choose Better Drinks
The food isn’t the only part of the family meal. You’ve got to be careful when you’re pouring everyone’s drink cups, as well.
Planning a healthy meal isn’t going to be too effective if everyone’s drinking full-sugar sodas. Considering that people should drink half a gallon of water every day, that’s going to be the obvious choice.
If your family isn’t the biggest fan of plain water, there are ways that you can add a splash of flavor.
Make a Healthy Family Meal Everyone Will Enjoy
Are you trying to get your kids to eat healthier? It can be tricky to accomplish when they would prefer to live off of chicken nuggets.
As you can see, there are ways to plan a healthy family meal that they’ll love. Consider disguising the veggies by hiding them in other foods.
Try to dress up their plain water a little. Lastly, incorporate lean proteins and whole grains into the food when you can.
Are you looking for more yummy meal ideas? Visit the Food Recipes section of our blog to learn more options.
Katie writes for F and B Recipes. She lives in New York with her dog Coco. When not writing, she can be found baking (and eating) chocolate chip cookies.