As parents, we all want what is best for our kids. We want them to be happy, we want them to be healthy and we most of all want them to grow up to be the best possible person that they can be and love it when they do it. But helping your kids to achieve these goals is never easy, especially since what you want for your kids may not be what they want for themselves.
But one area we can always help our kids with is to help them have good healthy habits. This can include simple things like choosing an expert in children’s dentistry that can help your kids have strong healthy teeth. It can also mean making sure that you always have fresh fruits and vegetables in the house so that they get in the habit of eating well. But since we all know that kids get influenced by more than just their family, it can be hard to encourage them to eat smart. Here are some tips on how to get started and stay on top of keeping you and your kids healthy and happy.
Eat at Home
This may seem like a simple one but today there are so many fast food choices out there it is sometimes hard to stick to eating home cooked meals. And yet, those fast food meals are full of sugar and fat, and low on any kind of good nutritious choices for you and your family. While you may not love the idea of cooking, you can cruise the web for fast and easy recipes that make the best use of your time and yet yield good meals that are also good for you.
If you find that the recipes are a bit high in fats and sugars, you can always substitute skim milk for cream or margarine for butter in many of the recipes you see. One trick I have seen is to replace mayonnaise with yogurt, lowering the fat content significantly. There are plenty of good websites on the web that will guide you on the best ways to cook healthy meals at home. It is easy on the pocketbook as well, an added bonus!
Learn About Slow Cooking
I have often heard people say that they don’t cook at home because they don’t have the time. But the truth is you can get plenty of help from some simple tools you probably have right there at home. One of the best, I have found, is a slow cooker. I look up easy to make recipes on the web, stock up on what I need for them on the way home from work, and set up my crockpot or slow cooker the next morning and turn it on. When we get home, we have a meal waiting for us, ready to eat! If you can’t find the time to cook and you are tired of endless salads, a one pot meal from this will be a welcome break!