Healthy meals for families. Does that sound like a mountain to climb? Do not worry, not only am I passionate about food, but I want to show you that you can make healthy meals for families that are easy to prepare and tasty. Food and how we eat has changed a lot over the past 20-30 years, these days we seem to be always in a rush, and sitting down for a meal together at the table is not a priority. Cheap food is all around us and very accessible, we can grab and go. A lot of the time this food is processed, high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. However, with a little planning and preparation you can cook food for your family that is healthy and tasty.
Food is first and foremost for nourishment, and what we put into our bodies affects how it works. Food has many other roles from marking special events such as birthdays and weddings, to bringing us together at times of sadness, and a shared meal allows us to connect and communicate with our family. How often do you sit down as a family for a meal with no other distractions? Try to do this once every day, it allows for discussion and conversation, and we are more likely to share news about our day, the good bits and the maybe not so good bits. It also makes us feel closer to other family members.
If you are unsure where to start, My Family’s Favourite Food will guide you in the right direction so you can achieve your goal of cooking healthy meals for your family. All of my recipes are simple and easy to follow, you only need ingredients that you can get from your local supermarket, and there are no complicated techniques to master. Some of the meals are ready in 30 minutes while others require no more effort, just a longer cooking time. If you do not have much experience cooking from scratch, don’t worry. Pick one recipe, one that you think will go down well, get all the ingredients out, ignore the length of time is says in the recipe and go at your own pace. If it helps shut the kitchen door, so as far as possible you can be left in peace. If you have served a meal that is different to your normal, your family will most likely have comments. Hopefully positive, possibly negative. Listen to all the comments and give yourself a pat on the back for all the positive ones, you have just cooked a healthy meal for your family. Any negative comments may just be due to the different type of meal you have cooked. Humans are not fans of change and often need supported through any period of change.
Healthy Meals for Families
Involving your children in the cooking of food will make them more interested in what they are eating. If they have cooked something themselves, they are then more likely to eat it. But don’t force them, even if you only get them helping for 5 minutes, 5 minutes is better than nothing. Like all of us, if children are forced into doing somthing, they are less likely to engage in it.
As parents we are all role models for our children, in every aspect of life. This includes what we eat, so if you have any bad habits your children will more than likely copy them. If you show that you can have a balanced and healthy diet that it easy it is to prepare, you will set them up for life. You and your family deserve to live long and healthy lives, by cooking healthy meals for your family you are taking a big step towards this. It does not mean however that all foods which are not as good for us should be banned. Banning food makes us want them more, so it is all about balance. While you may understand the concept of balance, make sure your children and any other family members do to. Begin today cooking healthy meals for your family.