Do you want to start eating healthier food? Do you want to start feeding your kids healthier food, but aren’t sure where to start? Forget organic. Skip the latest expose on the “hidden dangers” of food lurking in the florescent aisles of your own grocery store.
Eating healthier food as a family is simpler than that.
While tons of experts advocate all sorts of changes, from going off sugar and dairy to adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, every single one of them seems to agree on a couple of things.
The best ways to feed a family well are: cook at home more often, and use as many fresh ingredients as possible.
That’s the essence of Michael Pollan’s “healthy-ish” and it makes so much sense.
If you typically eat on the run or find that most of your dinners coming in the form of bottles, cans or frozen bags–which is most of us–it’s going to be easier than you think to make a change.
It won’t happen overnight. Your kids might protest. (And here’s what I do to encourage cooperation at the table.)
But if you cook at home more often, you’ll move toward a diet full of fresher ingredients (BTW, I was surprised to find out how many servings of fruits and veggies are recommended every day, and what a serving looks like for kids), exposing your kids to a greater variety of flavors and along the way, teach them a couple of important values: taking excellent care of your body and enjoying an experience together.
10 simple recipes, full of fresh ingredients, kid-tested x4
These are the recipes I’d start with, and they’re not limited to dinner. But every one of them is easy to make, with delicious results.