Family Time and Making Healthy Food Choices
|August 29, 2013||Posted by Alyssa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Kids, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes|
There is a lot of the evidence to support the statement that families who eat together are healthier. The only problem is many families are not sitting down to eat together. The concern is that eating out can lead to poor food choices. Although many restaurants offer healthy options, many restaurants tend to serve foods that are higher in fat and calories compared to meals prepared at home.
Family meal times have many benefits, especially for children. Kids who eat at home with the family tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, and take in more nutrients than if they are eating junk food. Parents have more control over what their children eat when meals are shared together, leading to better food choices.
Basic Tips for Eating Healthy
• Choose foods low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and added sugars.
• Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to get a better source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
• Select healthier proteins such as lean meats, skinless chicken, and fish.
• Choose products that are low in fat or have no fat at all.
Florida fruits and vegetables in season now include avocado, carambola (star fruit), guavas, grapefruit, longans, mushrooms, oranges, peanuts, and tangerines. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice flavor, and these Florida products are delicious additions to daily meal and snack options. For example, this Chicken, Avocado and Swiss Wrap uses low-fat chicken cooked simply and then dressed with a sauce that provides a lot of flavor while not introducing many calories. Serve with kid-friendly carrot and celery sticks or a side salad, and for dessert try this delicious Citrus Dream Milkshake. Yum!