PLAN to be Healthy & Stress Free

April 20, 2022 General /Family

It’s 6:28 p.m.; your phone is ringing, the laundry needs folding, and the kids still need a bath… and then you hear it, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” This question can drive parents crazy! Luckily for you, you’ve planned ahead and proudly respond with, “grilled chicken with brown rice, steamed broccoli, and fresh fruit with yogurt parfaits.” Right? OK, maybe not.

You may be thinking, who has time to plan meals like this? Well, if you’ve got 15 minutes, you do!

Planning meals ahead of time can help parents save time, money, and avoid the stress that can come from “I’m hungry!” demands. Taking a few minutes to plan ahead can also help your family eat healthier and spend more time together.

Here’s how to PLAN for healthy, stress-free meals:

Pick your meals.

List what you’ll need.

Agree on a time and place.

Never shop hungry.

The Real Meal Deal

“Together at the Table”

As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. When it comes to offering healthy meals and snacks, it’s not just about the foods we offer, but the time our family spends together that’s important. Family meals play a big part in children’s health, and they’re a great time for learning and family bonding. Sharing meals together at the table offers a time for families to relax, laugh and talk about their day.

Make an effort to eat together as a family… and have some fun when you do!

Restaurant Night. Pretend you are at a restaurant where everyone in the family has a role to play. For example, one person takes food orders, one person serves the food, one person refills water or milk and one person cleans the table.

Letter Night. Help your children try new foods and learn the alphabet by offering a letter-themed food during meals. For example, on “A” night, you could offer asparagus, apples, or avocado.

Foods of the World. Pick a country to learn more about and try some of the foods that come from that country.
Table Talk. Take turns asking and answering questions during mealtime, like:

What was the best part of your day?

Who did you talk to today? What did you talk about?

What are you looking forward to doing this week?

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Sharing meals together as family isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort.
Families eat better, together.