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A motherhood resolution: eat healthier as a family

Fruit salad
Fruit salad
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Healthy eating is another common New Year’s resolution made by parents. Moms play many different roles these days, included several sub-roles within their immediate family. The chef role is one that is carried out daily…several times a day. So with this article we’ll take a look at ideas we can put into play to make out healthier eating goal a reality.

After making your resolution, it’s time to put together a plan to help you achieve your goal. So using the above as an example, lets put a list together to move us towards our goal of spending eating healthier meals as a family.
 

  1. Check nutrition labels when you shop. Sometimes what happens with our dinner plans is we tend to fall back on habits like the kinds of food we buy whenever we go grocery shopping. You may notice you’ll buy the same foods each and every time. While this is not a bad idea, it’s a better idea to check into the quality of the foods we buy. You can start buy checking the nutrition labels for fat, sugar, and other daily nutrient contents as well as the ingredients list. The ingredients list will name the ingredients in order of what the item has the most amount of. Example: bread may have ingredients listed as: flour, water, corn syrup, yeast. This tells us that the main ingredient is flour followed by water and so on.
  2. Consider school lunches. Parents who send their child’s lunch to school with them each day automatically know what their kids eat each day and can be sure to provide healthy foods that their kids can enjoy. Parents whose kids eat the cafeteria provided lunches can check up on what their kids eat by utilizing MyLunchMoney.com, which EPISD has as an option to pay for kids school meals. EPISD provides nutrition information on their website as well.
  3. Choose healthy snacks. It can be hard to make the switch to healthier snack options around the house. You can try looking for alternatives to your favorites while shopping. Maybe baked chips instead of regular? Whole wheat low sodium crackers instead of saltines? Sugar free or low calorie sweets? Baby Cakes by Marcy in El Paso recently had 100 calorie and sugar free items offered.
  4. Meal planning is a way to keep your goal on track. When you plan your meals you’ll be able to make sure nutritious foods go to work and aren’t tempted into less healthy options by last minute what-am-I-going-to-eat scenarios.
  5. Get creative with the veggies. If your kids refuse to eat certain vegetables, try serving them in disguise. Consider chopping them up and adding them to soup, or serving them fresh with a dip.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Try one or think up some that are reasonable for your family and go for it! What is your new year’s resolution as a parent and how is the progress going? I want to hear from you.
 

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