A healthy meal is easy to pull together and it takes as little as 30 minutes. Here are a few rules to make meal planning easy.
You are what you eat! Proper nutrition is especially important for children. Their growing bodies need a constant inflow of nourishment and it’s important to establish healthy eating habits early in their development. A healthy meal is easy to pull together and it takes as little as 30 minutes. Here are a few rules to make meal planning easy:
Try not to have the same meal within a week span. The body needs a wide array of vitamins and nutrients and by feeding it a variety of foods, you should be able to provide it with all its needs.
A meal should consist of a starch, a protein and a vegetable. Just add a dairy product and a piece of fruit and you’ve covered all of your bases.
Eat All Colors
Fruits and vegetables in each color group have different vitamins and different strengths. Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure that your family is getting the unique health benefits from each group.
No Soda Weekdays
Limit your kids to drinking only water and milk during the week. Soda is full of sugar, empty calories and caffeine. Kids just don’t need it. You might find that you will drop a few pounds if you follow the rule too!
Limit Sugary Treats
Candy, cake, ice cream, soda and other sugary foods should be for weekends only. Most importantly, make sure that they remain treats. These foods should never be the mainstay of any child’s diet.
Keep It Fresh
Use only fresh or frozen ingredients to make your meals. Stay away from pre-packaged, prepared foods as they are usually loaded with salt. Use processed and prepared food sparingly: they should be the exception, not the rule.
What do you do to make feeding your kids a healthy diet easier? Leave a comment with your secret.
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