It seems that whatever we do, wherever we go, or whoever we meet is on a health kick.
From groceries in the supermarket to coffee shops and restaurants, we’re more aware of the food and drink we’re putting into our bodies and for good reason.
This is especially true when you have children, and I certainly found my mentality towards food changed when I had the girls.
Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of nutrition questions and struggles of trying to get the girls to eat healthier and here are just a few of my top tips which I hope will help you!
Balance is Key
Don’t deny yourself or your family treats and have them on a strict diet, they will just resent food & you!
Treats are good, just stay away from too much sugar, excess fizzy drinks and have takeaways as a treat. Balance your diet and you should get all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis.
Choose Organic Where Possible
So much food is processed, covered in chemicals and generally not natural so it’s important to shop organic as much as possible.
I know this isn’t always practical, from cost to availability, there are things that can get in the way so don’t punish yourself but do try.
Organic food just means you know where it has coming from, it’s been naturally grown and not smothered in chemicals to help it grow – natural is good!
Healthy Habits are Taught
If you’re a little peckish when you’re wandering around the supermarket or when you don’t have time to make yourself breakfast – stay away from the crisps and chocolate.
Your children will see this and adopt this habit for eating unhealthy when you’re in a rush or tired. Instead, grab some fruit, make some vegetable dips or have cheese and crackers.
Read Nutrition Labels
This may take some getting used to in the beginning, but you’ll soon pick up what’s good and what’s bad.
There are so many hidden e-numbers, excessive sugar and unnecessary salt in everything it’s always wise to check. Supermarkets often have many options so do a bit of research and check out a few options before buying.
Get Your 5-a-day
There is a reason for this recommendation and it’s because fruit and vegetables are loaded with nutrients essential for a healthy diet for all the family.
Typically low in calories and sodium yet high in fibre, they are the perfect accompaniment to every meal you have! Getting your 5-a-day might sound daunting at first but once in the habit, you’ll find it comes easily and you’re surpassing your goal each day.
Good nutrition is key to living a healthy lifestyle, paired with frequent fitness and activity your whole family can live a healthy lifestyle.
What tips do you have for getting your family on a healthy lifestyle? Let us know by commenting below, I’d love to hear your suggestions.