What’s for dinner? The dreaded question! Losing weight is certainly not easy, but when you find it necessary to prepare separate meals for yourself and all the other hungry eaters in your family, it can be a huge challenge. You know that you want to eat light to help shed pounds and increase your health, but what about your hungry spouse and kiddos? If you find yourself in this situation, the solution may be easier than you might think. While your family need not go on a diet with you, making some changes to the way you prepare meals can help to ensure that you stick to your diet goals and your family eats healthier as well.
One of the most important things you can do to make the switch to healthier eating is pay attention to the cuts of meat that you purchase and prepare. Whenever possible, purchase the leanest cuts of meat available. They may be slightly more expensive, but the health benefits you receive are well worth the extra cost. To beef up the health benefits even more, switch from frying prep methods to other methods such as roasting, baking, grilling and broiling. This is a great way to lose weight and keep your arteries free and clear
Everyone in your family, dieting or not, can benefit from adding more vegetables to the menu. This is only true however, if those veggies are prepared in the healthiest ways possible. Instead of loading them down with lots of cheese and butter, opt for other tasty methods. Steamed vegetables seasoned with herbs, spices, and/or flavored vinegar provide a tasty and healthy alternative to fat and calorie laden vegetable casserole dishes.
Unless you are on a very strict no carbohydrate diet, grains can actually be good for your weight loss plans and form a healthy part of your family’s eating routine as well. The important key is to choose healthy grains instead of those that are high in refined sugar. Opt for whole grain rolls, breads and wild rice. Not
only are these choices healthier, but they also taste great.
One of the biggest problems for families where one or more members are on a diet is satisfying the sweet tooth of some without wrecking the diet plans of others. One way to handle this is by stocking the freezer and pantry with dessert options that are tasty but won’t sabotage your weight loss goals. Consider choices such as low-cal and low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt. Paired with an all fruit spread topping or light whipped topping, there’s a good chance the kids won’t even notice the difference as they dig in! Other great dessert alternatives include fat-free pudding, sorbet, gelatin, 100% juice ice pops, fruit cocktail, or berries and a (small) dollop of whipped cream.
If you really want to energize your diet and create a healthier routine for your family, consider skipping dessert altogether and heading outside for a group walk, bike ride or even a game of Frisbee. Not only will you be setting a healthy example for the rest of your family, but you’ll also grow stronger as a family unit while spending quality time together.