The New Year is upon us, and with the New Year comes resolutions and pledging a fresh start. One of the most common resolutions made is to eat healthier. The best way to approach this is to set family goals and get each member involved.
When it comes to healthy eating, I find it easiest to go back to the basics and make a plan. Our lives are getting busier by the minute. Setting a goal to provide our family with three healthy meals per day may sound daunting, but with a decent plan in place, our goals can easily be accomplished.
The first step towards getting your family on the healthy track is to make a plan. Sit down together as a family and make a list of foods each person loves. Here is what each person’s list should include:
- Three fruits
- Three vegetables
- Two whole grain snack items
- Cereal/Bread items (each should have at least 3-4 grams of fiber per serving)
This list will serve as your core items. These core items will be included during your weekly grocery trip. A great way to incorporate these foods is to include a fruit at breakfast, veggies (like carrot sticks) for a morning snack, fruit at lunch, and veggies at dinner.
The second step is to come up with meals. Include kids in creating their lunches and family dinners. The more the kids are involved in meal creation, the more likely they are to eat it. Luckily Produce for Kids’ Ideal Meals provides us with some great options. Here are some of my favorites!
- Fruity Pita Sandwiches
- Easy Cheesy Tomato Sandwiches
- PB Fruit Roll Up
- A-B-C Dip
- Steak & Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Oven Baked Onion Rings & Chicken
- Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad
Once a few meals are chosen, include those items on your grocery list. The idea is to set your family up for success by planning and having plenty of healthy options at your fingertips. The secret to a successful resolution is to follow it with consistent action. If you make resolutions together as a family there is a greater chance of success. You and your family will be well on your way to a healthier New Year.