It’s not always easy to make changes in the way you eat. And even harder to get your family on board with making healthy changes.
I have been on a mission to help my family eat healthier over the last couple years. I really wish that I would have started when my children were younger - but better late than never!
It has not been easy. My teenagers have resisted the most – some more than others!
However, I do feel like it has paid off and I am seeing the benefits in our overall health. I am starting to see my family make better food choices on their own more often. We have also had less sickness in our family.
So where do you start?
It can be very overwhelming! I am a firm believer that small steps do add up. If you try to make too many drastic changes at one time, you will hear lots of protesting from your family.
Start small and then keep adding in new healthy foods or changes in the way you prepare food. Picky eaters can be tough. Sometimes you have to compromise on a “better” food choice instead of a “best” choice.
The less processed and fewer ingredients – the better.
As a general rule if you make it, it is better than buying something pre-packaged.
10 simple ways to help your family to eat healthier:
Use unsweetened applesauce in place of vegetable oil in homemade breads & muffins.
Reduce sugar consumption by using natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, or stevia instead.
Make your own homemade french fries in the oven. Better yet try a combination of regular potatoes & sweet potatoes.
Replace one snack a day with a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable sticks.
Use natural peanut butter instead of regular. Look for one that is just peanuts with no added sugar. I like Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter. It is made with peanuts and a little salt.
Try homemade popcorn (made in coconut oil & sprinkled with sea salt) instead of chips. We also like Skinny Pop popcorn for a quick snack or for lunches.
Make sandwiches on whole wheat pitas or sandwich thins instead of bread. Works great for hamburgers too!
Drink water instead of soda or pop. Try flavoring the water with fruits like berries, oranges, lemons, limes or cucumbers and mint.
Use quinoa or brown rice (or a mix) instead of white rice.
Hide extra veggies in soups, sauces, or meat mixtures (taco meat, meatloaf, meatballs, etc.).
These are just a few (of many) ways that you can start your family on the path to eating healthier food.