Do you think maintaining healthy food habits is difficult? For many moms, promoting a balanced diet and maintaining family mealtime can be challenging. Here are some ideas for planning meals for the whole family, and for saving time and money.
Make a varied menu that includes all the food groups.
Good Idea: Consider including the children in the menu-planning process. By helping them feel involved, they will be motivated to eat better.
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Assign a budget based on your menu and try to stick to it.
Good Idea: try to come up with a budget for children’s snacks and invite them to select what they want as long as they stay within this budget. This will teach them to make smart decisions where money is concerned.
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Cook some of your food in advance
Take some time during the week to prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them, or just have them ready in the fridge. This will save you a lot of time. You can also save your food based on the portions your little ones will eat, and not only manage your time in the kitchen better, but also ensure that no food is wasted.
Good Idea: always have snacks on hand for those surprise visits and hunger pangs.
Plan a day for the leftovers
Even when you do all this, you can still have leftovers from every meal. And, let’s face it &mdash who likes to cook on Sundays? Since Sunday is probably an international day of leftovers, just think about all the great dishes you can prepare with leftover food:
- Bake lasagna with meat and sauces from other days of the week.
- Prepare homemade pizzas with leftover vegetables and other foods.
- Make a rich minestrone soup with leftover beans, vegetables and some pasta
Use your imagination. Anything is possible!
Good Idea: consider asking your kids to make a recipe of their own with the leftovers.
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Share your experience with family meals in the comments.