My family is kind of driving me nuts right now. I’ve got my meat eaters, and my flexitarian who eat less and less meat. My husband likes his meat and wheat. My little guy refuses to eat vegetables. How the heck am I supposed to make everyone happy while providing balanced meals for everyone?
I start with not worrying that each meal be a complete balance. After all, we have a whole day to get whole nutrition. That being said……..I can’t fall too far behind and load them up on nutrition as they are on their way to bed. Can you imagine how funny that would be? I provide most of the food for my family so I usually have 3-5 chances to provide them with the nutrition they need.
5 Tips To Help Provide Balanced Nutrition for Your Family
1. Plan meals: When you look at the day as a whole, you are better able to make adjustments for different tastes. I only prepare one dinner, but there is certainly lots of ways to provide variety throughout the day. I put several vegetables on the table and have a variety of snacks available. Planning also helps me from throwing my hands up in the air and running out to get pizza.
You can get this free meal planning printable to help.
2. Use snack time to get extra nutrition into your kids. Smoothies are a great way to hide vegetables. Fruit and vegetables with dips fun for kids and a great way to get added nutrition into them. I like cheese sticks and yogurt when I need extra protein.
3. Use divided plates and lunch containers. These help remind you t to include a variety of foods at these meals. Make sure there are different colors in each section and you are off to a great start.
4. Have the kids shop with you or help with the meal planning. What is it that they want to eat? If you include some of their healthy favorites, they are more likely to be accepting of the foods that you want them to eat. Compromise works for us most of the time.
5. Make sure the snack food is at eye level or easy for them to grab. Once you dump your processed junk food, the kids are still going to want their snacks. Make sure to healthy foods prepared so that they can grab and go. My kids go through cucumbers like crazy when I have them chopped and stored in a container right at the front of the refrigerator. Raisins are another food they now think of as junk food. My teenager eats them like he used to eat chips.
What do you do to make sure your family members are all getting balanced nutrition? Do you have to cook for both vegetarians and carnivores in your family? How are you teaching your kids about balanced diets?
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