Healthy eating habits start at home and it’s important that you involve your family as much as possible in your wellness journey.
Firstly, involve your partner and children in your meal planning, prepping and shopping and cooking so you share the load and instil healthy eating habits within the family from the outset.
According to Australian Dietary Guidelines, children need at least five servings of vegetables a day and two servings of fruit.
Start the day with a healthy breakfast such as porridge or cereal with two types of fruit and make sure you all sit together at meal-times.
When families eat together, children tend to generally make better food choices and do so when away from home.
Next, get your children to pack their own lunch and provide two types of fresh fruit and at least three types of raw vegetables for the children to include in their box.
Get them to choose one healthy snack such as bliss balls, veggie muffins or a healthy homemade brownie along with some low GI carbs such as whole bread, crackers or wraps and some lean protein such as eggs, cheese, tofu, hummus or chicken breast.
When you give them the ownership to build their own lunch box, they learn to make healthier choices and understand what a healthy lunch includes.
Next rebuild your pantry. Remove unhealthy snacks and replace with homemade, healthy versions.
This will ensure your kids and you always make healthy choices in between meals. Of course, your children might want the odd treat now and again, so don’t go cold turkey and remove all junk food.
Allow small amounts of crisps and chocolate that they can have on the odd occasion but always direct them to have some cut up fresh fruit or some nuts and crackers as the first point of call.
At dinner, prior to cooking have a meal plan that you have created with the family together and get them to help with the prepping and cooking as much as possible and when you can explain the benefits of eating healthy and how a nutritious diet can help ensure they grow into healthy adults, build immunity and avoid illness.
Collaboration ensures that your children feel more part of the family’s health journey and they are able to better understand the reasons why it’s important to eat a nutritious diet.