Are you frustrated with the way your family eats? Do you want to help them eat healthier? You may not be able to control what they eat when they’re not at home, but when they are at home...that’s a different story. Here are five ways you can influence them for the better:
If you make it, they might eat it! Make it harder to skip the high fiber breakfast foods by having them ready. Try this experiment – slice an extra apple or orange tomorrow and see if it disappears.
Make it easier for them to reach the high fiber foods. Place high fiber foods where they are most accessible. If you eat around a table, put the high fiber foods on the table. They’ll be more convenient for seconds. Serve the other foods away from the table, making them harder to get. I find I’m less likely to reach for the 25% or less foods if they’re in the kitchen and not in arm’s reach.
Make the fruit bowl more attractive than the snack drawer. You may not be able to get rid of the snack drawer, yet, but you can slowly shift some of its budget to the fruit bowl. Here are some ways to make the fruit bowl more attractive for your family:
- Declutter space around it
- Get a new bowl (Check out these bowls on Pintrest)
- Place it in a prominent spot
Most important: Don’t forget to fill the bowl with premium snack fruits, like clementine oranges (check out the picture above).
Prepare for dinner emergencies. Minimize unplanned calorie rich dinners out by:
- Stuffing your freezer with ready to go high fiber meals so you can have a healthy home meal ready in minutes.
- Making a list of nearby restaurants with high fiber meal options. And don’t forget: some of the highest fiber foods are listed as side dishes on the menu.
Fill ready to travel containers with high fiber foods. Once a week, fill single serving containers with higher fiber foods so they’re easy to grab on the way out of the house. Some could even be frozen if they’ll have time to thaw before lunch.
Here are some ideas:
- pre-made oatmeal (breakfast on the fly)
And the most important thing you can do to help your family to eat better? Make healthy choices yourself. Making healthy small steps in your own life will have the biggest influence on those around you. You’re worth it. And so is your family. We’re cheering for you.