Nutrition Essentials

When it comes to feeding your family, there are some essentials to keep on hand and in mind so that everybody stays healthy:)

  • Wash and chop vegetables beforehand so they are readily available. Most grocers offer already prepped veggies too. Place them in baggies or reusable containers at eye level in the fridge. That way, when a snack attack hits, you’re ready.
  • Wash fruits and place them beside the sink. I have a fruit bowl beside my sink and keep it stocked with oranges, bananas and apples. Berries get washed and placed in the fridge. Watermelon and other melons are portioned out into containers and placed in a prominent place. That way when we get hot from playing we can easily get some healthy fuel.
  • Add some flavor. Both of my kids take veggies and a fruit to school every day. The veg is in a baggie and I always put a lemon and lime slice with them. The kids LOVE this as they can squeeze the slices over the veg to give it a better, more refreshing flavor.
  • Make your lean proteins in advance. I grill/broil chicken breasts, slice them, then place them in containers. This way I have them on hand for quick grab-n-go lunches and also ready to go dinners.
  • Keep plenty of frozen veggies on hand as well. This way you’re 5 minutes away from adding vegetables to your dinner. Nix the butter laden ones and go for fresh. Place them in a small pot with some chicken stock and play around with fresh herbs to season them. We really love fresh rosemary and parsley with our mixed veg.
  • Keep high fiber, whole grain crackers and breads on hand in the pantry. These help to fill you up and give you energy too.

Should you choose to keep treats in the house, go for some that have at least SOME nutritional value: dark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds, dried fruits, granola bars, protein bars, etc. keep these in a container in the pantry. i use a large white bin and keep it above eye level. That way these treats are there when we really want them, but we are less likely to eat them first.

Keep in mind that staying healthy is not as difficult as most think it is. With a small amount of planning and some dedication it is the easiest part of your day!

Stay healthy!

Michelle

 

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