More often than not our hectic daily lives put our family’s nutritional habits on the back burner. This is never a good thing, it can lead to weight gain and various health issues for both parents and kids. A well-balanced, healthy nutrition should be an absolute priority for the entire family. Now in order to achieve this a bit of careful planning is an absolute must. So let’s start!
You can read on how to improve the content of your daily meals in order to make them healthier. At the same time learn some of the preparation shortcuts so that you can save on time and still deliver a great result. There are numerous quality healthy meal plans to choose from, the key is picking ones that are most suited to your family’s preferences. This is especially important if you or your kids have food allergies that dictate the contents of your family meals. As you are getting a hang of it you can even consider getting healthy meals delivered a few times a week so that you can keep the good quality of your family’s nutrition.
Make sure you have a weekly plan
Deciding on the daily basis on what to cook is never a good idea, you'll end up looking in the fridge to see what you can come up with and more often than not those will not be healthy meals. This is why having a weekly meal plan is much more efficient. You can sit, sketch out what should be included in breakfast, lunch and dinner options and make a list of ingredients. That way you can buy everything you need over the weekend and have a clear idea what you're going to use each day. Simple, isn’t it. It is important to change things up every week and use the new idea you have heard or read about so that all the family can enjoy healthy and tasty meals.
Balance is key
Creating a balanced meal is exceptionally important. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, even the daily snacks need to be balanced if you want to maintain an optimal level of health in your family. Now, you might wonder what does making a balanced meal actually mean. Well, first of all, as you may know, there are six types of nutrients essential for survival, and those are proteins, carbohydrates, lipids (fats), vitamins, minerals and water. Proteins, carbohydrates and fats are also known as macronutrients, ‘macro-’ meaning we require them in large amounts. They are the ones that provide our body with energy. On the other hand, vitamins and minerals are classed as micronutrients because they are only required in small amounts. Water is also an essential macronutrient, as the volume produced by the body through metabolic processes falls far short of the amount we lose every day through different bodily functions.
In addition, it is also important to mention that there are also three core food groups. So based on the nutrients they contain we use food for energy, growth and repair. Now in order to create a balanced meal, the following ratio is often recommended, so one-quarter carbohydrates for energy, one-quarter protein for growth and repair and finally, one-half vegetables for a healthy metabolism. Of course, depending on your personal needs you can change this up in order to increase the energy, growth or repair.
So there you have it, you now have all the meal planning tips you require to provide your family with the ultimate healthy nutrition. All you need to do is organize, plan ahead and start cooking. There are no more excuses for getting fast food, ordering pizza or having those unhealthy TV dinners. And if you have the opportunity, consider