The New Year is upon us, and with the New Year comes resolutions and pledging a fresh start. One of the most common resolutions made is to eat healthier. The best way to approach this is to set family goals and get each member involved. These Healthy Family New Year’s Resolutions will help you and your family make healthier choices now and throughout the year.
When it comes to healthy eating, I find it easiest to go back to the basics and make a plan. Our lives are getting busier by the minute. Setting a goal to provide our family with three healthy meals per day may sound daunting, but with a decent plan in place, our goals can easily be accomplished. So check out these Healthy Family New Year’s Resolutions to help you get a good start on your family’s health.
Healthy Family New Year’s Resolutions
Step 1: Make a Plan
The first step towards getting your family on the healthy track is to make a plan. Sit down together as a family and make a list of foods each person loves. Since everyone has different preferences, it is important to incorporate everyone’s wishes. Here is what each person’s list should include:
- Three fruits
- Three vegetables
- Two whole grain snack items
- Cereal/Bread items (each should have at least 3-4 grams of fiber per serving)
This list will serve as your core items. These core items will be included during your weekly grocery trip. A great way to incorporate these foods is to include a fruit at breakfast, veggies (like carrot sticks) for a morning snack, fruit at lunch, and veggies at dinner. We have so many recipes on our site that can help you incorporate these items into all of your meals.
Step 2: Create Your Meals
The second step is to come up with meals. Then you can plan them into your weekly schedule. Include kids in creating their lunches, snacks, and family dinners. The more the kids are involved in meal creation, the more likely they are to eat it. Luckily Produce for Kids recipes provides us with some great options. Here are some of my favorites!
- Fruity Pita Sandwiches
- Easy Cheesy Tomato Sandwiches
- PB Fruit Roll Up
- A-B-C Dip
- Steak & Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Oven Baked Onion Rings & Chicken
- Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad
Those are just to name a few. Scroll through some of the recipes together and have the kids pick out some they would like to try.
Step 3: Create your Grocery List
Once a few meals are chosen, include those items on your grocery list. The idea is to set your family up for success by planning and having plenty of healthy options at your fingertips. If you have healthier items around to snack on, everyone will be more likely to grab those items versus the prepackaged things.
The secret to a successful resolution is to follow it with consistent action. If you make resolutions together as a family there is a greater chance of success. You and your family will be well on your way to a healthier New Year.
For more on New Year’s Resolutions, be sure to check out:
- 5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family
- Re-Energizing New Year’s Resolutions
- 10 Easy Tips to a Healthy New Year