Secrets to Making a Healthier Meal

All parents want to be able to discover new ways to deliver healthier foods to their children – especially us busy moms.

While it might not always be easy, there are plenty of great ways to introduce simple changes to meals that can make a big difference. Kids are not always open to the idea of eating what they should, but with a few easy switches, you can discover some excellent options.

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Try these tips to inspire an entirely new way of approaching cooking for your family.

Condiment Confusion

When it comes to the nutritional value of a meal, it is often the most overlooked aspects that wind up being the most damaging. Condiments, for example, tend to have a lot of unhealthy ingredients that can work against the rest of what you have planned. Slathering mayo on a sandwich can enhance the flavor, but there is a great deal of cholesterol found in mayo. While cutting mayonnaise completely out of your routine might seem like a good call, you might still want that rich taste. Instead of eliminating the condiment entirely, you might be interested to know that there are alternatives.

Some companies work hard to make healthier versions of condiments. One company, Hamptoncreek, has devised a clever take on classic mayo. Their product “Just Mayo” is an eggless mayonnaise option that reduces the amount of cholesterol found in the condiment by replacing the eggs with plant protein. Not only does this make for a much healthier choice for meals, you also do not have to sacrifice the taste that you love to make this healthy switch.

Limit the Butter

Preparing a meal for your family requires specific substances. Cooking often includes a great deal of butter, especially in regards to greasing up pans. While it might not seem like a great deal of butter in each meal, it adds up. Too much saturated fat is not good for children or adults. Having a small amount of these fats in your diet can be fine, but most families tend to ingest way more than the daily suggestion. Making a switch in this regard can actually wind up creating a huge difference.

The easiest way to fix this problem is by finding better solutions to how you prepare a meal. Instead of reaching for the butter, opt to use olive oil as a replacement. Olive oil contains unsaturated fat, which is a much healthier alternative to the unhealthy saturated fats that are found in products like butter. Your meal will have a more flavorful taste when you decide to use olive oil, and you can rest easy in knowing that you are making a much more satisfying meal in regards to taste and healthy.

Fruits & Veggies

This next suggestion is one that you have probably heard since you were young. Adding fruits and vegetables into your daily routine can help you immensely when it comes to making your meals more healthy. The biggest challenge that you will find is getting the little ones to actually want to eat vegetables. Fruit tends to be easier, as the natural sugars found in fruit can be quite appealing to children. Most parents, however, find that getting vegetables into the mix is a real struggle.

Though there is no surefire way to get your kids to eat vegetables throughout the day, you might be able to make a little bit of magic happen with the right moves. Find a veggie that works and stick with it. Kids are bound to like some vegetables, whether it be carrots or broccoli or cucumbers, and once you find a winner you should make sure that you buy it regularly. Your kids might not find a true appreciation for vegetables until later in life, but while you wait it is a good idea to bring in the veggies that they will eat.

Start Small and Start Right

There are tons of different ways for you to be able to make the most out of your meals with your family. Making a few adjustments can wind up causing some great results in the overall nutritional value of the dishes that you prepare. Though these might seem like unimportant changes, each one will help you to feel better about what you are bringing to the table.

Check out products like “Just Mayo” by Hampton Creek, switch out butter for olive oil, and add in some more fruits and veggies in order to make a powerful change in the way you prepare meals.

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Comments 24

  1. I am working on leading a healthier life myself. My grandchildren need some restructuring in this area also. Thank you for sharing this great article. God Bless

  2. Every few months I go off carbs for a few weeks to reset my world. It is always shocking to see how much sugar is in different items. Condiments can be among the biggest culprits. Ketchup may seem quite benign but it can have a ton of sugar in it.

  3. These are great tips/secrets to making healthier meals for your family, thanks for sharing! I always try my best to make healthy meals for my kids, but they are 7,3,and 2, so it can be challenging sometimes.

  4. I am trying to limit my carbs, which has really taught me how much sugar is in most food sources. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, which are a huge problem, but even my tea has a crazy amount of sugar. Even milk is off the charts with sugar. So sad. Why can’t cake be a superfood?

  5. Such helpful tips! I have noticed alternatives to my favorite condiments BUT never knew those were good alternatives. I usually make a plain sandwich with a thin piece of turkey on whole wheat bread/whole grain bread!! Thanks so very much for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

  6. I try to fix more healthier meals & find healthier snacks! It is not always easy when you’ve practiced bad habits all these years! To break the mold! Plus you can’t watch them all the time! All you can do is hope you installed good eating practices for our youth to eat by!!

  7. I find that my teenage daughter is all for making meals healthier but my teenage son will eat anything put in front of him and then some 🙂

  8. I like your tips and suggestions and also I know for myself on getting the little ones to eat more healthier , I often allow them to help me in the kitchen, not to cut , but to mix and taste as we go along.
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