Sneak in Veggies
When it comes to getting your family to eat healthfully, hiding nutritious ingredients can make a healthy meal go down easy. Try these handy tips from real moms:
- Add vegetable juice to meat loaf and chili.
- Sneak veggie purees into pancakes and mashed potatoes.
- Add chopped vegetables into tomato sauce—kids won't know the difference!
- Toss some veggies into your muffin mix, and call them cupcakes.
Have Fun with Your Food
Eating healthfully doesn't have to be boring. Spice up family suppers with a little imagination. Here's what a few moms do in their own homes:
Please Picky Eaters
Every good-diet obstacle has a simple solution. Try these tried-and-true tricks:
- Institute a two-bite rule for kids who refuse to try new foods. If your children really don't like a food after two bites, then it's OK not to eat it. Usually they'll end up liking the new foods.
- Have fresh fruits and veggies available for snacking family members. Clean and cut fruits and veggies into snack-size pieces to store in the fridge. When your family's tummies start grumbling, they'll have a quick, easy and healthy option to munch on.
- Add a veggies to heat-and-eat food. Some nights, cooking is just impossible. When the schedule is swamped and you're short on time, pick up a pre-fab dinner, but add a side of steamed veggies or a fresh salad to keep it healthy.
- Plan ahead. On days when you have time to cook, double the recipe. Instant leftovers for busy nights.
If you're trying to cut down on junk food purchases, these easy approaches can help:
- Shop the outer aisles of the grocery store. It'll help you focus on fresh, instead of prepackaged, foods.
- Check labels at the store. Unhealthy ingredients will be less likely to sneak home with you.
- Opt for yogurt and fruit instead of candy.
- Buy a small number of treats for your kids each month. When they're gone, that's it until the following month.
Be a Savvy Snacker
If your kids would rather eat fruit than veggies, they're not alone. More than 80 percent of moms say their kids prefer fruit. So it's no wonder apples are their No. 1 healthy snack, followed by grapes, bananas, oranges, and clementines. Here are some other successful snack ideas:
Save Money on Produce
Stretch your produce dollar with these tips from Phil Lempert, founder of SuperMarketGuru.com: