Foodie Tips To Help Your Family Stay Healthy
Life might have its ups and downs, but no matter what happens, our family is what is most important. It is our family that will support and love us no matter what, the people who know us best and are most likely to make us laugh or keep our secrets.
Because we deal with families every day at Angels, we know how important they are to you and that is why we like to focus on the topics that matter most to you and your children. This week we are talking about all things food and looking at a few ways even the busiest of Mums and Dads can keep things as healthy as possible. In fact, we were talking about it so much that this is part one of a two part series.
Whatever you are doing, one of the best ways to help your family stay as healthy as possible is to get the whole family involved. Choose recipes and activities that everyone can enjoy and even help prepare (obviously age dependant). If kids feel like healthy eating and exercise is a natural part of life, they are far more likely to continue those routines into adulthood, plus it makes your job a lot easier.
The Vegetable Battle
This one can be tricky. Some kids just love veggies and fruit and some kids really don’t. Sometimes the battle is too much and we’ve all been guilty of succumbing to pleading for chocolate, especially when we could use some ourselves.
If you are trying to help your kids get more green into their diet, two of the key tools are preparation and presentation. When it comes to preparation, get the kids involved. Obviously their age will determine to what extent, but if you can get them involved in chopping, stirring, selecting, peeling and mashing; giving them a sense of accomplishment will often warm them up to flavours they haven’t traditionally liked.
If you have the time, presentation can also be a big help. For your lunches or snacks cut or arrange the vegetables and fruit into quirky and fun ways, tell a story that will make your kids excited about the food. If you have A LOT of time you can take inspiration from @leesamantha on Instagram who seems to be quite the expert.
Tiny Changes For The Better
Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you love. We are big fans of sweet treats and naughty burgers, but keeping these as special days, instead of the norm, goes a long way to keeping your family healthier for longer. Cooking for the family, especially big ones, isn’t always an easy task and it can seem as though all the healthy options are super expensive or dull, but in reality, there are so many little touches you can make that can save some calories and up their super food intake.
Do you or your little ones usually reach for the potato chips as an after school snack (we know we have)? Switch this out with kale, (yes we did say kale), roughly chop kale and cover with spices (your pick), olive oil and a little salt and pepper and then roast in the oven until crispy – you won’t believe the taste and it’s the perfect replacement for Lays.
Looking to lower the evening carbohydrate count, without leaving people hungry? Look no further than some cauliflower rice. Roughly chop raw cauliflower, blend into rice-sized bites and then squeeze out the excess water. Then spread out on a baking tray and cover with your favourite spices or rosemary and parmesan and bake until dry; perfect for curries, stir frys and even super healthy biryanis. You can also swap out your pasta for spiralized courgette or carrot (sweet potato is too hard, trust us).
Luscious Left Overs
We’ve all been there. You’ve just finished a big family meal or a dinner party and there are way more left overs than you were expecting. Do you just throw them away? Absolutely not! Given our more extensive knowledge of the global impact of food production on our economy and environment, food waste has become a vital topic in our local and international discourse for good reason.
Food waste has reached epic proportions and, despite the number of people starving in the world, it continues to climb. Luckily this is one issue that we can all play a role in and it starts at home with a few little changes. If you have left over vegetables or even vegetables that might getting a little old, you can quickly turn these into delicious, warming soups which are perfect for office lunches or speedy suppers.
You can use up a mixture of vegetables by making easy potato cakes – simply take the veggies you want to use up and season with spices or sauces you like, mix them with some mashed potato (sweet or white), egg and flour and then bake in the oven until golden brown; as these are great hot or cold, they can also be perfect for school lunches. Left over meats can be used to make the next evening’s supper – try a stir fry or a curry or whip up a white sauce, throw in the meat and some peas or mushrooms and serve with rice.
You might not think desserts are your thing, but leftover fruit makes a fantastic crumble or pie, or even little pots that can be popped in the fridge and make a great snack. If you are wondering what to do with that mountain of rice left over from an evening of entertaining, try recycling it for a weekend brunch with this amazing Kedgeree recipe.
- Angels Team