When parents work full time or kids have endless after-school activities, preparing healthy family meals can be a challenge.
But with a few easy tips and a little creativity, parents can simplify the process and make meals that are not just good for their kids, but that everyone will love.
Keep reading to learn how to make healthy family meals that you and your kids will enjoy.
1. Plan Meals at the Start of the Week
If you’re waiting to figure out what to feed your family after everyone is getting “hangry,” you’re making a big mistake.
It’s tough to focus on cooking healthy, well-rounded meals when tempers are flaring and your stomach is growling. But doing weekly meal planning can help with this.
At the start of the week, take some time to do some meal planning for your family. This will allow you to buy the ingredients you need for the week, and let you instantly answer the question each day about “what’s for dinner?”
2. Meal Prep to Save Time
One of the best meal planning tips families can use to save time and energy is to do some prepping at the start of the week. This includes things like washing and chopping veggies or portioning out proteins so that you’ll spend less cooking the rest of the days of the week.
You can even take this tip one step further and cook a few meals at the start of the week. You can cook and refrigerate things like pasta, soups, and casseroles. That way, when you’re busy throughout the week, you’ll only have to warm up a meal to feed your family.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Keep it Simple
Not all family meals have to be complicated. They don’t even need to all feature meat, veggie, and starch.
Maybe your family has a busy evening. Or, you want to mix things up with a fun meal everyone will love. Either way, don’t be afraid to get creative.
One great option is to make a kid-friendly meal, like a grilled cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can make these fun for the adults too by opting for unique cheeses or a peanut butter with different ingredients. With the addition of peanut butter protein and a fruit or veggie on the side, these can still be healthy meals that you and your kids will love.
4. Get the Kids Involved
If you struggle to get your kids to eat the meals that you make, try getting them involved in the process. Depending on their age, you might let them pick some meals you’ll make that week. They can even help you make a grocery list, and go to the store with you to get what you need.
Your kids can even get involved in the kitchen with age-appropriate tasks. When they feel involved and the process is fun, they’ll be more likely to try the items on their plate.
5. Add Some Variety
If your kids do enjoy trying different things, avoid falling into the trap of making the same meals each week. Exposing kids to different types of foods and ingredients can help them to become more adventurous eaters. This goes for adults, too!
Make Healthy Family Meals
Making healthy family meals means a little more work. But with a few tips, you can simplify the process, and make meals that your family will love.
For more tips on helping you and your family live happier, check out the “Health” section of our blog.