As the weather seems to grow ever colder, it is only natural that we gravitate towards the warmth of indoors after a long day at work or school. On these cozy nights there is tendency to seek out additional comfort in our food, a little extra butter here some more cheese there. I am pretty sure most will agree that nothing really warms the bones like a hearty home-cooked meal, but it’s important to remember that helping your family establish healthy eating habits now will create a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. There are some easy ways to do this, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind.
Some immediate quick fixes can be as simple as swapping out white rice for brown or whole grain bread for white and choosing deli meats without added nitrates. These little things really do add up, and before long they will become second nature.
Studies have shown that families that make it a point to sit down at home and eat together are at a real advantage, and not just nutritionally. Families that make it a point to do this are generally spending less time at fast food joints and restaurants. Preparing a meal at home gives parents complete control over the meal, they know where the food comes from, what is in it, and how much is being served. Understanding where your food comes from and sensible portion sizing is essential to healthy eating.
Some of you are probably thinking that yes, this is obvious, and in a perfect world this is how every meal would be. Trust me, I know the struggle of preparing myself a meal after a long day of work, and I am a food enthusiast! In order to help with that fatigue, here a few things to keep in mind:
Meal Prep: Think ahead! Take time over the weekend to plan out your meals for the week and set you and your family up for success. Make a grocery list of balanced meals consisting of a Protein-Vegetable-Starch combo and dedicate one day to prepping and preparing meals for the week that can be refrigerated or frozen and served on a moments notice.
Pressure cookers & Croc Pots: Learning how to use these will free up a lot of time that you would normally spend in the kitchen. These can be approached with a kind of set it and forget it attitude and recipes abound! It really doesn’t get much easier than that!
Mix it up: Compliment your home cooking with nutritious prepared foods. We take pride in offering these at The Meat House. It is important to be aware of what you are buying. When you are educated about your food choices buying prepared foods allows you to save time while still providing your family with completely nutritious meal.
Sitting down at the table together as a family is a win-win. What could be better than sharing happiness and health with those you love the most?