Mothers sure do have their work cut out for them especially when it comes to meal time which is even harder if you have picky eaters. Looking for new ways to spice up the weekly menu can be tough but there are a variety of healthy and delicious meals waiting to be tried which the whole family is sure to enjoy. Gone are the days of bland carrots and potatoes, it’s a new era for moms to start moving away from grandma’s good old cookbook and start looking at new adventures for the taste buds.
The experts at Mommy Authority have made it a lot easier for you by providing you with all the tricks and hints you need to know about nutrition for you and your family.
Meat certainly does have its benefits and there is no question that it is healthy for you provided that it is eaten in moderation. Too much meat in your diet could lead to excess protein which results in weight gain. Ensure that you pick one day a week where meat is excluded from your diet. Try serving up a dish of scrumptious vegetable pie or broccoli casserole, if your kids are not fond of broccoli we are sure the delicious cheese sauce will win them over.
Tacos are exceptionally tasty and can be a healthy and quick meal depending on the taco shell you choose to use. Try opting for shells that are not fried and have been made with corn as opposed to flour or fried shells. Spice up your regular meat and cheese tacos with salmon and guacamole. Start by mashing an avocado and adding cilantro, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Heat up a pan with a little bit of olive oil and spice the salmon sears with paprika and cumin. Once your pan is warm enough, sear each side of the salmon sears. Add it to the taco shell and top it off with guacamole. It’s that simple! The added bonus is that salmon is very rich in omega-3’s which are essential fatty acids that help to prevent cardiovascular disorders and reduce symptoms of ADHD in kids.
Whole Wheat Wednesdays
If you are not drooling by now, a healthy dish of pasta is sure to do the trick. There is a lot of controversy around pasta, however, depending on which type you use and how often you eat it, it is actually very nutritious and forms part of a healthy balanced diet. Switch your regular meatball spaghetti to a healthier version by using whole wheat spaghetti, lean meat and lentils instead. Whole wheat pasta is unrefined and filled with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and fiber.
The week is coming to an end and by now you are probably worn out from the week. You are sure to love this simple dish called sweet potato tuna jackets. Much like salmon, tuna is also very rich in omega 3 essential fats which are very beneficial for children who are developing. This meal can be served with a side salad or on its own. Simply clean and prick the sweet potatoes and cook on high for about 18-20 minutes or until they are soft enough. Place them on a plate and cut the middle just enough to fill the potatoes. Drain your tuna, flake it with a fork and then add them to the middle of your potatoes. Season them with lime juice, plain yogurt, and red pepper to taste.
Burgers and pizzas usually go well with a Friday or weekend night but quick take-out meals with oily fries and pizza bases usually become the norm. Try healthier alternatives to this by making them yourself. They are quick and easy and the whole family can get involved in building and creating their own burger or pizza with a variety of healthy toppings. Use lean meat and whole wheat buns for your burgers or a cauliflower base for your pizza as a healthy alternative.
The list is endless when it comes to adventurous eating and the key to a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family lies in the ingredients you use. Eating certain things in moderation can be harmless but it’s always best to do your research first before making them a staple part of your diet.