MANY people think eating healthy means that they have to spend a lot of money.
But experts say no, anyone who has the will can afford to eat healthy meals.
When it comes to food choices, families with growing children and working parents can often find it difficult to find a healthy lifestyle balance.
Many choose fast food or ready-made meals. They may be a huge time saver but don’t do your wellbeing any good.
Simply understanding which foods to choose to be your family’s best shot at getting good all-round nutrition is the first step in the right direction.
Cheryl Meyer, Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days dietitian, told SunWellbeing that it’s not just about making time for meals, it’s about the foods you choose.
“Over and above simply eating food, the nature of your choices is key. By providing your family with meals that contain high-fibre carbohydrates, lean protein, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats you can help them maintain sustained energy levels needed to make the most of your day,” said Meyer.
Here are her top five tips to keep the whole family and your bank account healthy.
Plan ahead of time
Planning ahead of time means you are less likely to overspend on snacks and quick options or overeat as a family.
A plan means you can make sure your child is getting all the nutrients they need through a variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, starch and healthy fats.
Making time for breakfast should be a priority.
Having a balanced breakfast like a bowl of cereal and milk can make sure you are getting many of the vital vitamins your family needs including iron, vitamin A and protein.
Eat your “five a day”
Aim to include plenty of vegetables and fruit during the day.
These can accompany your morning cereal, provide a snack throughout the day and give the perfect added extra to evening meals. Incorporate fruit and vegetables in your diet that cover a spectrum of different colours.
Limit sugar and salt
Try and limit your intake of artificial sugars or added sugar to meals. If you are looking for a little extra flavour, use natural herbs and spices during food preparation rather than adding salt and sugar.
Proteins are vital for muscle repair and growth. If your budget is a little tight, serve meat less often opting instead for beans and other legumes, fish or chicken. Legumes like split peas, lentils and dry beans are also a great way to make a meat dish go meal a further, by bulking up your meal and increasing your fibre intake.