As a devoted mom, you want to do everything you can to keep your family as healthy as possible. Part of this involves cooking nutritious meals, making sure everyone takes their multivitamins and cutting down on sugary foods and empty calories as much as you can.
Of course, in many cases, this is easier said than done. Most kids have a knack for craving Kool-Aid over kale and chips and cookies over cauliflower and couscous.
Fortunately, it is not impossible to find nutritious products that your entire family will like—at least most of the time. For tips on how to make this happen, consider the following ideas:
Use the Power of Social Media
If you enjoy social media, you may want to follow a number of companies that are devoted to healthy living—this can be a great way to get a steady stream of posts about healthy recipes, nutrition and more. For example, global health and beauty leader Amway has a strong presence on Facebook; the page frequently includes information about the nutritious products the company sells, as well as recipes to try and other tips and ideas. If you “like” the Amway page, you will find inspirational posts like the one about how adding 1/2 cup of Nutrilite All Plant Protein Powder to your fave muffin recipe is an easy and effective way to boost your family’s nutrition.
Bookmark Several Recipe Websites
Another effective way to find nutritious foods the whole family will enjoy is to peruse recipe websites and bookmark the ones that interest you. For instance, Food Network has a section devoted to healthy recipes for kids and families, including dozens of tasty and nutritious dinners you can put together in 40 minutes or less. You can browse through the recipes on your own, printing out the ones that contain ingredients you know everyone already likes, or ask your kids for advice. Sit down on the couch with them and go through some of these sites together on your tablet, asking each kiddo to pick out a new recipe with the promise that they can accompany you to the store to pick out the ingredients and help you in the kitchen.
Sneak Some Veggies into Your Fave Foods
If your kids would rather take out the trash and clean out the litter box than eat one measly carrot, it may be time to get your stealth on when it comes to nutrition. A great way to do this is by checking out the selection of cookbooks on Amazon that involve sneaking in some veggies into traditional recipes. For instance, Jessica Seinfeld’s book “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food” contains traditional recipes with a twist—they include at least one uber-healthy ingredient. For instance, adding pureed cauliflower to mac and cheese and kale to spaghetti and meatballs can be done in a way that is still kid-friendly and tasty as well as more nutritious. Whether or not you fess up to your kiddos is up to you.
Ask Other Moms
In the world of motherhood, other moms are the Holy Grail of amazing information. If you are frustrated with your inability to find nutritional products for the whole family, chances are at least one of your mom besties is too. Shoot a few fellow moms a text asking for advice and tips and/or bring it up the next time you get together—your mom friends will probably share your frustration as well as advice on how to up the nutrition in your home.
Don’t Worry Mom, You’ve Got This
It’s good to know that there are solid sources of nutritional products, meals, tips and more that can all help to improve the health of your family. From social media and online recipes to traditional cookbooks and your dear friends, you can definitely find healthy foods and more the whole family will enjoy.