In a perfect world we would have all the time on our hands to cook and bake the perfect and most nutritious foods for our little ones. We would give them all the best ingredients that help their little bodies grow, and they would finish each meal licking their plates clean. Unfortunately, this is never the case and we often find ourselves scratching around the back of the deep freeze looking for last years chicken nuggets as a quick fix dinner.
Life can get busy and those frozen pizzas may feel like a lifesaver some nights, but it is so important to lay a foundation of good, healthy eating for your children from young. Giving your children the right amount of vitamins, nutrients and food groups will help them in almost every aspect of their life. Healthier food tends to make happier children, they will sleep better and their physical and cognitive growth will be on track with all the right goodies they need to succeed.
Many moms just don’t have the time to prepare home cooked meals. There are some ways around this, you just need to find a solution that suits your lifestyle best.
- Meal prep - There is nothing quite like having a meal prep day. Look for some easy and healthy meals online, cook them all up one afternoon and freeze them for the weeks ahead. Coming home and being able to defrost a fully cooked, healthy meal will really lighten the load each night. Why not look at roping some friends into the meal prep day and enjoy a glass of wine or two while in the kitchen.
- Find home cooked meals in your area - There are many home cooked meal companies that now deliver to your door. They will often have weekly menus that you can choose from. This may be a little more expensive, but it saves you having to cook.
- Make things interesting - Get excited about food with your kids. Jump for joy around broccoli and sing sweet potatoes praise. If they see you excited about these foods, chances are they will jump on the bandwagon.
- Find healthy alternatives - For every fast food, there is a recipe online to mimic the look and taste, but will healthier ingredients. Instead of cheesy pizzas, why not make a cauliflower base and load it with lots of fresh colorful veggies?
Being able to give your toddler an apple instead of a chocolate, and have them be happy about it, is a great accomplishment. With some effort and time you can accomplish this. Giving your child a taste for healthy food is a great gift, and will be good for the whole family to adopt a healthier diet.