Healthy living can be summed up as simply as healthy eating and activity on a daily basis. Here to help with the eating part is guest blogger, Harry Roberts. Keep reading for some simple ways to eat healthy.
Getting your family to eat healthy every day can be a challenge, but with the right meal plans and the right ingredients, you can encourage everyone, from your youngest child to the oldest adult in the family, to choose foods that are better for their bodies and their minds. Stumped for ideas on how to do this? Then continue reading for some tips and some easy ways to create delicious meals right in your kitchen that your family will gladly devour.
Incorporate the Right Kinds of Fats
Certain types of fats are actually good for you, and you should make it a point to incorporate more of them into your family’s daily diet. Not only do they make your food richer and tastier, but they are also great for cardiovascular health, as well as the health of your brain and your skin. Try to avoid any products that contain saturated and trans fats, which are the enemies, and opt instead for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from plant sources like flaxseeds, chia seeds, olive oil, and coconut oil. As with everything else, use these in moderation for the best results.
Beware of dairy products and meat, which are all high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Limiting these substantially will make a big difference in the way your entire family feels, especially if you are replacing them with healthier plant-based options (there are many mock meat substitutes out there today to experiment with to make any meat-based meal healthier).
Find Clever Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are extremely important to human health, as they contain everything from vital nutrients in the form of vitamins, mineral, and antioxidants, to protein and fibre. But most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables into their daily diets, especially with a family of picky eaters.
Some easy ways to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet are:
- Enjoy more smoothies and juices made right at home from the freshest produce, which you can find at The Good Grub People at a great price whenever you are too busy to get to the store.
- Incorporate fruits into your favourite breakfast dishes, whether it’s pancakes and waffles or oatmeal and cereal.
- Check out some of the many recipes online for “Meatless Mondays” to incorporate one or more vegetarian and vegan meals into your week.
- When following any recipe, consider doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables required.
Stick with Unrefined Grains
Processed grains have pretty much had all of their nutrients removed and then added back. Whole grains, on the other hand, have everything that nature gave them, plus added fibre and complex carbohydrates that keep you fuller longer. These foods also provide extra protein and nutrients, including B vitamins for energy, zinc, and magnesium. To get your family to eat more whole grains, simply swap out white rice for brown rice, white bread for whole wheat or whole grain varieties, and white pastas for veggie pastas or wheat pasta.
Try Out Nut Milks
To get healthy fats, protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals (including calcium) in a delicious way, purchase some plant-based milks, which range from almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk to hemp milk and rice milk. See what flavours are your favourite and use these in everything from breakfast cereals and oatmeal to smoothies and dessert recipes, or anywhere else you would normally use dairy milk.
Limit Your Use of Sugar
Sugar, particularly refined white sugar and the various forms of corn syrup that are found in processed foods, is detrimental to your health in several ways. Not only does it increase your blood sugar levels, it also adds unnecessary calories without adding any nutrition to your meals. By cutting back on the amount of sugar you use in your favourite recipes little by little, your whole family will not even recognise the change and their taste preferences will actually begin to change so that they’ll crave food that’s less sweet over time.
There are a surprising number of ways to easily transform an otherwise unhealthy meal into one that your body will benefit from. Use these tactics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to help your entire family stay healthy.
About the Author
Harry Roberts is a massive foodie, healthy eating fanatic and loves all things haute cuisine! He is a food writer and has been writing for as long as he can remember, on different topics – his experiences in restaurants, culinary delights that he has enjoyed on his travels and of course recipes etc.
To help cut out the sugar, always have a sugar-free option available, such as Sweet ‘n Spicy Green Iced Tea (click the link for this recipe and more!). Do you have any added tips to boost the power of this already helpful article?