Clean eating is a buzz word that gets thrown around and often times makes cleaning up your daily eating habits a bit overwhelming. Here are 5 things to keep in mind while improving your eating habits.
- Buy one-ingredient foods – the best foods to fuel your body are the simplest one. Fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, legumes, eggs, fish and meat.
- Sugar is NOT your friend – pay attention to the ingredient list for hidden suffers in both sweet and savory products. Aim for less than 25 G of added sugars daily.
- Don’t get hung up on advertising and marketing – Focus on the Nutrition Facts and ingredient list.
- Home cooked is best – The best way to know what you are eating is to prepare it yourself. Start small by visiting your favorite food blog like WholeLivingLarge.com 😉 and enjoy the adventure.
- Perfection does not exist – Its ok to enjoy a not so clean treat or meal. Balance is key to long-term success.
I enjoy getting the whole family busy in the kitchen. Conversation flows like water and I am able to see my kids from so many angles.
Determined, silly, competitive, enthusiastic, learning.
More than that, when we all pitch in, dinner is on the table with the ease that only teamwork can bring.
Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander.
With a tribe of kids from ages 4 to 15, we cover a wide range of activities available.
Ages 3-4 (My triplets are 4 and they love helping out in the kitchen.)
- Help measure ingredients for salad dressing, meat rubs or marinades.
- Help remove stems from fresh herbs.
- Rinse dry beans before prep
- Wash vegetables before prep
- Tear salad for salad prep
- Throwing away wrappers or dumping bowl full of scraps
- Add silverware to table
Ages 5-10 (My 7-year-old loves helping me measure out ingredients and makes a mean garlic bread)
- Read easy recipes and help prepare marinades or salad dressing
- Learn to do a rough chop on vegetables for soups or kebabs.
- Shred cheese for various dishes
- Add plates to the table
Ages 10 and up (My 10 & 12-year-old love baking and have claimed “their” signature dish)
- Help prepare pasta or rice
- Make guacamole
- Prep vegetables for stir fry
- Bring family style dishes to the table
How do you get your kids involved in everyday cooking duties? There are many benefits that come with empowering kids in the kitchen. The biggest benefit our family has experienced is the desire to eat at home instead of eating out. Cooking with your children will reap many rewards. For more research on these benefits click here