As a parent, we need to empower our kids with the knowledge and space to have fun exploring and cooking with as many vegetables, fruits and whole foods as possible. But, as a parent, that can be challenging, especially if you have a child with a food allergy, are living in a food desert, or are still learning how to cook healthy yourself. To make healthy eating stress-free, here are six tips to get you started.
- When looking at recipes, remember that many ingredients can be easily modified to accommodate food allergies or specific eating preferences.
- Listen to your body. Even if a food is considered healthy. If it makes you feel bad, it’s not healthy for you.
- Cook with whole foods. Select foods that have as little processing as possible such as fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, rice, nuts and seeds.
- Buy meat consciously. If your protein source of choice is meat, be sure to make sure it’s free of hormones and antibiotics. When possible, pick one that is grass fed and humanly raised.
- Become a swap-out artist. When you’re learning how to cook healthy, start with your favorite traditional recipes and pick one or two unhealthy ingredients that you can swap for healthier versions (i.e. coconut oil for butter and maple syrup for sugar)
- Have fun in the kitchen. Smiles and laughter is contagious. The more fun you have the more other people will want to be involved in your new healthy cooking lifestyle. You’ll soon be sharing your healthy cooking passion with your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and friends – making this world healthier, one bite at a time!