Have you noticed your family eating more and more junk food? You can get the bad habit under control by creating a healthy eating plan for your family. As a parent you have a great influence over what your children eat. You can come up with a plan to not only make healthy homemade meals, but also plan out weekly lunches to make sure your kids always have healthy foods available to them. Just because foods are healthy, doesn’t mean the foods have to taste bland.
How can you start improve your family’s food diet? You can start by asking them about their favorite fruits and vegetables. By offering them plenty of fruits and vegetables for meals and snacks, you can reduce their consumption of heavily sugared and fat filled meals. Serving fruits and vegetables can also help your family become more mindful of their portion size.
On average children should eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. You can buy fruits and vegetables fresh or frozen. Fresh fruits and vegetables offer the best nutritional value. Vegetables like carrots and fruits like grapes make for great kid snacks. If you are wondering what kinds of drinks you should offer your children, give them plenty of water and provide them 100% juice beverages to prevent them from drinking added sugar drinks such as soda.
As for mealtimes of lunch and dinner, it’s a good idea to offer them mix vegetables. Vegetables can go with any meal.
If you need to keep count of fat and sugar your family consumes daily, here is a great way to do it:
- Stock up on non-fat milk. If your family is not a fan of milk, buy yogurt and cheese to provide them a good source of calcium.
- Buy lean meats such as chicken and ground turkey.
- When cooking meat, bike or grill your meat rather than fry.
- Go for fruit desserts.
More importantly, let your children drink plenty of water at meal time. A healthy family is a happy family.
Hearn Kirkwood is here to help your family start and stick to a healthy diet. Check our website weekly for healthy recipes your entire family can love. Serve mint green tea and fresh water with your healthy meals and you will surely delight your family.
Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.