My favorite smoothie bowl recipe posted at the end!
Maintaining your own goals, but promoting a nutritious diet for your spouse and children — that’s another matter altogether. Time, budget, and picky eaters all conspire to create a dinner table full of packaged dishes laden with sodium and sugar.
The struggle is real. But the effort you put towards healthy eating at your dinner table will pay huge dividends on a daily basis — and years down the road. Equipped with a healthy diet, your kids will enjoy greater energy, better performance in their sport of choice, and better grades at school. Sure, they might resist at first…but in the long run, they’ll thank you.
You Are What You Eat!
My husband and kids deserve quality foods packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. I don’t believe in serving packaged foods, as these are nearly always crammed with sodium, additives, and shocking amounts of sugar or artificial sweetener. Instead, I shop the perimeter of my local grocery store and stock up on nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
It’s All About the Healthy Substitutes
I’m no stranger to cravings, and I know how hard it can be to stick to a healthy diet when bombarded by low-nutrition foods on television and social media. Thankfully, healthy alternatives exist for nearly every junk food imaginable. These alternatives satisfy cravings without exposing me and my family to harmful ingredients.
For example: that Snickers bar? Sure, it looks delicious, but it’s chock full of sugar. I can score way better taste and a nice dose of manganese and magnesium by simply eating a piece of dark chocolate. Far more satisfying, it’s the perfect option for rewarding myself after a busy day. If everyone in your family is suffering a case of the munchies and dark chocolate won’t quite cut it, replace those cookies with fresh fruit. Seasonal is always best. You just might be surprised by the variety of quality produce available at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. Of course, as a former dental hygienist, I insist that my daughters brush their teeth after they sample sweet treats, no matter how healthy.
Make It Fun
Sorry, but mushy green beans and cooked carrots don’t appeal to the average kiddo. If you want your children to eat their fruits and veggies, you need to be a healthy ninja and sneak those ingredients in whenever and wherever you can. A little creativity can go a long way as you teach your kids to embrace the complex flavors of produce.
Presentation can make a huge difference. When possible, serve fresh, colorful produce, arranged to create the greatest visual impact. A fresh tray of red and yellow bell peppers looks a lot more inviting than wilted spinach.
It’s time to bring back the family dinner. Life’s crazy, but the more often you gather together for a healthy meal, the better. This is the perfect bonding opportunity and a whole lot healthier than grabbing fast food or grazing on snacks all evening.
A healthy household is not nearly as difficult to promote as you think. A few simple changes can make all the difference.
Get familiar with your family’s quirks, and develop personalized hacks to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. It’s possible —
Smoothie Bowl Recipe:
1 cup of fruit (frozen or fresh) I use frozen – I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries
1/2 cup of Almond Milk
2 tbsp. of Greek Yogurt
Blend and pour into your bowl
I topped my bowl with a sliced banana, rolled oats, crushed raw almonds, blackberries and blueberries. You can top with much more though!