Everyone’s nutritional needs are different. A healthy diet and the correct serving sizes ensure growth and development for kids. At the same time, for adults and parents alike, you need to eat well to have enough energy for the day and to prevent weight gain and many preventable health issues. In this article, we’ll be sharing nutrition tips for the whole family!
Age, height, weight, and activity level impact nutrient and calorie needs, so make sure your family get the nutrition they need. A balanced diet includes a variety of food from each of the primary food groups. If possible, also eat a variety of colors each day.
Here are some tips for your family to be healthier:
- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
- Eat plenty of bread, cereal, pasta. rice – preferably wholegrain
- Include proteins like lean meat, fish, eggs, and poultry
- Include nuts, milk, yoghurt, and cheese
- Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day
- Limit trans fats, salt, sugar, and processed meats
You can impact a dish by using lemon juice, fresh herbs, and spices that add fantastic flavor without adding salt. This healthy alternative can make all of your meals taste as they came from a five-star restaurant! Fresh produce such as vegetables and fruits add texture, color, vitamins, and minerals. Fresh ingredients added to healthy proteins such as fish, healthy oils, and wholegrains provide the body with many benefits. For example, healthy proteins such as beans and fish lower the risk of heart disease, while healthy grains provide carbohydrates for energy. A healthy diet includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, good fats, and proteins.
Making sure that each and everyone in your family meets their daily quota and achieves a healthy diet may not be the easiest in our all too busy lives, but here are some tips on how to do it:
- Eat together and enjoy mealtimes as a family
- Cook more and avoid fast food
- Ask everyone what they like to eat and get them in the kitchen to help prepare
- Watch your portion size and try using smaller plates
- Eat well and be a role model to your children
- If children are hungry before dinner time to avoid snacking, try cutting up Vege sticks for them to crunch on.
The advantage of cooking at home is knowing what ingredients you are using. In addition, you’ll be able to tell how much of each food group is in your food. Another thing is that the food you are preparing is not just it’s healthier, it’s often cheaper than getting fast food or pre-packed food!
Stocking up on frozen vegetables will help you have healthy ingredients available all year round regardless of whether they are in season. Stock your freezer with healthy fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins such as fish and beans to ensure that you always have ingredients on hand.
Making sure your family is healthy is not always a challenging and expensive task; you just need to do the right things and don’t forget to consult your GP.
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