Being a parent means you are often relied upon by your family to give them the best you can. Your kids also rely on you to give them the best options when it comes to food and staying healthy. Thankfully, there are many foods available now that you can buy all year round in the supermarkets. However, trying to think of ways to keep them happy and healthy sometimes becomes difficult. Here are some tips for you to use that will help you keep your family happy and healthy.
Make Your Plan as a Family
To make a happy and healthy family succeed, everyone in the family needs to be on board. That means you need to come up with a plan that you can all agree on and do together as a team. Firstly, you should be looking at your current eating habits and seeing where you can improve. You need to try and eliminate any foods that are unhealthy or contain too much salt and sugar. They should be replaced by healthier options that you and your family enjoy. Your plan should also include ways to get fitter as a family as well as any individual activities you have. For example, your kids might have sports events or lessons after school, but you should also include group exercise activities.
Do Your Research
If you are planning to become vegetarian or vegan as a family, then you need to research all of the elements that will make it work. It goes beyond the types of food you can eat, although this is important. You also need to think about keeping a healthy balanced diet with all the vitamins and minerals you all need. It might be that you will need to look at essential vegan supplements to enrich their diet, so you know they are getting everything they need. As well as the types of food you can eat, you also need to think about where you can buy food that is vegetarian or vegan. Most supermarkets now sell vegetarian and vegan options; however, you might be able to find other examples at local health food shops.
Try To Keep Healthy Snacks to Hand
One of the easiest ways to break your healthy eating regime is to let yourself get too hungry. When you get hungry, your body starts to release the hunger hormone ghrelin; it is this hormone that causes the severe hunger pangs. The only problem with this hormone is that it can take up to thirty minutes to return to normal. During this time, you might have eaten a lot of unhealthy things. The trick to beating this is to have healthy snacks at hand all the time, such as nuts or seeds. You should also make sure your kids have snacks in their school bags in case they get hungry.
Make Breakfast Easy to Choose
If there is one thing that families don’t always have a lot of its time. In the mornings especially, there can be no time for making a fancy breakfast, and you might not want to eat it that early. To make breakfast easier, try to have one or two staple breakfast items on hand that you can have. Not only will this make breakfast easier, but it will also make your shopping easier as you will only need to think of dinner alternatives. Although you should keep breakfast simple, it should also be healthy, try having oats or perhaps a smoothie. It needs to be something that will fill you up and keep you going until lunchtime.
Pre-Make Meals for Busy Times
It is when you are short of time and rushing around that you most often reach for the ready meal. Although these are quick fixes, they are also the least healthy option, because they contain elevated levels of salt and sugar. If you know that you are going to have busy times, then it is best to start pre-preparing meals and putting them in the freezer for later. Try to prepare a few different meals, so you and your kids have options. Many of these can be made at the weekend and then frozen for use in the week. You can also do the same for vegetables and other ingredients you will be using in your evening meals. It will cut down on the preparation time and mean you can shop in advance.
Exercise for 20 Minutes a Day
Most people will know that if they sign up to a gym, then they will probably stop going after a few weeks. It isn’t that they don’t want to be fit, it’s just that it takes time which most people don’t think they have. However, what you can do is devote 20 minutes of your day to exercise. If you can, try to do it as a family so you can all benefit from it, but if not, have as many family members as possible join you. It isn’t necessary to go all the way to the gym or even to the park, as you could maybe just play a game in the garden that you can all partake in together. If you make it part of the family routine, you will soon get used to it and even look forward to it. It will also help you to have some family time, especially if you are normally always missing each other during the day.
Try to Eat Together Every Day
When you are all out doing different things, it can be easy to assume that everyone is having a good day. However, that isn’t always the case, which is why it’s important to eat at least one meal a day together. You can use this time to chat with each other about how things are and if there are any problems.
There is never a bad time to try and make your family healthier and happier. As long as you are all working towards the same goals, you should quickly feel the benefit of your new healthier lives.
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