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Our society is not always set up to support healthy & positive food goals. Between busy schedules, the plethora of attractive junk food options, and pervasive marketing, it can be really hard to make conscious decisions for ourselves – let alone for our families.
Today, I want to share with you 5 tips to Support Your Family’s Healthy Eating Goals.
1. Clean out the Kitchen
I truly believe that the first step is starting fresh. Get rid of the sabotaging food or anything that you’re justifying keeping as “for guests one day.” Your guests will be just fine with the healthy choices you are making, you don’t need to keep tempting junk food around for them.
Next, organize the kitchen to support your food goals.
Put a fruit bowl on the counter
Move the snacks somewhere a bit inconvenient, or even pre-portion them
Organize the fridge so it’s quick and convenient to grab fresh snacks (ensure you have room for containers of pre-cut fruit, etc)
2. Grocery Shop with a Plan & a List
Grab my free grocery shopping and meal planning lists before you do your next grocery run, and check out my tips for a meal plan that actually works.
Look at your schedule and what you already have before making your meal plan and grocery list for the week. Plan ahead for busy days or days when you will be out of the house during meal times (or just before meal times – limiting your prep time).
3. Plan for the Unplanned with Ready-made Meals
We’re a family of foodies and while I try to make the majority of our food from scratch, I’ve also learned that it’s better to be prepared with a few pre-made meals than to have to hit the drive thru!
LEAN CUISINE® recently reached out and asked if we’d like to try their new MARKETPLACE flavours, and we were so excited reading the list of options available:
- LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale
- LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Thai – Style Ginger Beef
- LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Chicken Tikka Masala
- LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Southwest – Style Potato Bake
We were only able to find the first two varieties at our local Walmart, but we’re going to keep an eye out for that Chicken Tikka Masala – it’s one of Miss G’s favourites and it takes hours to make from scratch!
These new Lean Cuisines have organic ingredient options, gluten-free options, no-GMOs and are protein-packed. I really enjoyed the Thai-Style Ginger Beef variety while Miss G refused to share the Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale (so I’ll have to assume it was good!)
While you can prep and freeze meals in advance like my friend Sharla does, I think these options are great if your family prefers variety and single-serve entrees. For Miss G and I, it’s a special treat to be able to enjoy different meals at the same time!
4. Allow for Indulgence & Plan for Temptation
I know that if I have a busy work day, I am going to be tempted to snack on whatever’s available. If I have snap peas and fresh mini carrots ready to go, or sweet apples on the counter, I can usually persuade myself to eat those first instead of reaching for cookies.
However, if I don’t plan for a bit of indulgence, I’m going to potentially splurge on something that I’m not as happy with. I let myself pick out one treat while grocery shopping and that has me covered. Usually it’s bite-sized chocolates or a small carton of ice cream (or ingredients to make my own homemade ice cream) – something that can be put out of sight so it’s not tempting me, but is there when I want it. We stick to the 90% healthy rule, and that seems to work for us.
Also, planning my meals helps me stick to pre-thought out meals. If I’m looking forward to a cobb salad all morning, I’m going to be craving it by lunch time and there’s no way a less healthy option is going to have any sway.
5. Experiment with New Healthy Food
I was really intimidated by quinoa before I actually tried making it – and it’s now a go-to staple in our house.
I’ve shared lots of our healthy recipe successes – from Black Bean Brownies to Sunshine Bowl Salads – and having a variety of healthy recipes that I can rely on that are easy and delicious makes living a healthy lifestyle a lot easier.
Whenever we see a new fruit or veggie at the grocery store, we bring it home to experiment. While we are disappointed sometimes, for the most part it helps create excitement around healthy eating and we have found a few new favourites – Miss G just recently discovered a love of dragon fruit and lychee berries!
I never liked tomatoes growing up, but once I tried adding a sprinkle of sea salt or feta cheese on some beefsteak or vine-in tomatoes, I realized that I didn’t like tomatoes because I was always served underripe, flavourless ones! Don’t be afraid to try things a couple different times or different ways before writing them off.
Try to mix it up, adding a new healthy recipe or two to your meal plans each week – and have a back up plan (like a LEAN CUISINE MARKETPLACE supper).
What are your tips for sticking to healthy eating goals and values?
Which one of the new LEAN CUISINE MARKETPLACE varieties would you stock up on?