TIPS FOR GETTING FAMILY MEMBERS INVOLVED IN BUILDING AND STICKING WITH HEALTHY EATING HABITS

Building a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. Are you trying to eat healthier but having difficulty getting the whole family on board? Here are our top 4 tips for getting family members involved in building and sticking with healthy eating habits.

1.Plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks with the family

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Getting the entire family involved in shopping and meal planning is a great way to get buy in and spark interest. You can make it creative by choosing a new healthy food or recipe to try each week and involve the family in choosing, shopping, and preparing it. Try splitting up meal prep responsibilities among family members or ask for help from a friend or family member to spend time with your little ones while you and your partner have a meal prep date together.

2.Avoid labeling food as “bad”

It’s important to not label foods as bad. Rather talk as a family about the importance of eating healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This can include learning to read nutrition labels together, discussing why some foods are healthier than others, and not making any foods off limits. Communicate that you can enjoy any food in small amounts now and then instead of being restrictive.

It’s important to remember that if you are just getting started, don’t try to go all in right away. Slowly start incorporating changes into your family’s routine and see what works in your home.

3.Optimize vegetables for snack time

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If you have the choice between chopping up vegetables for a snack or grabbing a bag of chips, convenience will likely win out.

Encourage your family to snack on vegetables by having washed and cut options ready to go in the fridge. Simply slice the veggies into sticks or strips and store them in clear containers, such as mason jars.

This way, the vegetables are easily visible and quick to grab. You can even place a nutritious dip, such as salsa, hummus, or yogurt, next to the jar of veggies for a complete snack.

4.Grow your own food

Another great way to get the whole family eating healthier is growing some of your own food. Plus, you don’t need a large backyard to do it. You can grow several types of vegetables and herbs inside or in small pots on a balcony or patio. Whether it’s a small basil plant in your apartment or a raised garden bed in your backyard, growing food is a great way to save money while also growing your kids’ interest in fresh foods

While it requires some trial and error, eating healthier has countless benefits for the whole family. Just remember to think positively and encourage healthier habits without being restrictive or adding pressure. By taking it one step at a time, you’ll find that it’s possible to find a healthier way of eating that’s both realistic and sustainable for your family.

Source: Healthline, upmcmyhealthmatters

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