Getting the entire family together to sit down together to enjoy a meal together is not as easy as it once was. With parents working longer hours and with kids involved with after school activities, it is difficult to make time for healthy home cooked meals, let alone getting together to share them with the family.
However, with people always on the go, rather than opting for the healthy choice, they are increasingly turning to more convenient and poor food options. Fast food is not the answer and families need to take the initiative to balance their meals and have the correct amount of fruits and vegetables in their diets to ensure they remain healthy and have the energy to keep up with their busy schedule.
The following are some useful tips to help families balance their busy schedule while still having time for healthy family meals:
It starts with grocery shopping: If you do not have healthy and easy to prepare food options at home, it is that much easier to opt for convenient and less healthy food options. Put your family in a position to succeed with healthy food options by keeping you home stocked with whole grains, lean meats, fruit and vegetables.
Planning is key: Take the time to plan your meals for the week. Therefore, you will not have to spend time each day trying to figure out what to eat.
Be prepared: To save time during busy week days, spend some time on the weekend to prepare food for the week. Cut up vegetables, cook meat ahead of time, and store ready to eat meals in the refrigerator or freezer that are easy to heat up and eat without much effort.
Cook in bulk: Why cook twice when you only have to cook once. Make enough food for two meals. You can always take leftovers for your lunch the next day or you can always reheat it for dinner later in the week.
Assign duties: Assign everyone in your household a night during the week where it is their responsibility to prepare a healthy meal. This reduces the redundancy of having to cook every night.
- Make a date: Set aside at least one night per week where everyone one in the family has dinner together. Work as a team, prepare the meal together and take the time to talk about your busy schedule.
Follow these tips and you and your family will be well on your way to balancing your busy schedule while maintaining a healthy diet.