A Fun Way to be a Happy and Healthy Family:

College of DuPage Nursing Student Brooke Buxton shared that the days have come to where fast food, microwaved meals, and choosing unhealthy prepped meals at the store are much easier than taking the time to make your own dinner. Quick and easy seems to be the fix these days, but what are we teaching our children? These unhealthy choices also lead to obesity in children and adults, causing many complications in the future.

Quick and easy may work for some people, but there are healthier, easier ways to make mealtime a good time. A recommended way to prepare a meal involves initially picking out five recipes; one for each day of the week. Once you know the type of food you will be preparing, you can go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients. This plan may work better on a Saturday, Sunday, or a day off.

Once all of the shopping is finished, the meals for the entire week can be made and frozen so that they are already prepared and can simply be put into the oven when you get home from work.

Include the children in the meal prepping for the week. They can measure ingredients out and add them to the meal. They can also choose a healthy recipe for the week or the vegetable on the side. Children become very proud of their work and are more likely to eat the food that they have helped to create. This is also a great way to get your family to try new and interesting foods that you may have never thought they liked before.

“Planning meals and snacks in advance and eating breakfast every day may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, new guidelines from U.S. doctors say.” The American Heart Association recently recommended meal prepping ahead of time for cardiovascular disease prevention. The quality time with your family spent preparing meals for the week and the healthy outcomes that it can lead to opt for a more successful life.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cardiovascular-meal-timing-idUSKBN15F2GW

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