We can add 5 to 10 years to our lives by cutting out processed food and switching to natural raw foods, according to The Better India. More Indian families are embracing healthier eating habits, with more consumption of natural raw foods increasing more than two-fold over the last 50 years. Despite all the positive changes and the vast vegetarian population, many more Indian families, especially in urban centers are yet to embrace clean eating. This calls for more education to help them move away from processed foods which can lead to obesity and autoimmune diseases like diabetes. Transitioning to nutritious and healthy foods like natural, raw California Almonds or walnuts that are perfect for heart health and thyroid control or having a daily dose of All Natural Himalayan Honey, is one of the best ways to start eating clean.
This article outlines three steps that can help you transition your family to healthy meals:
Start With Ingredients Your Family Already Likes
Transitioning to healthy and nutritious eating always starts with what parents choose to prepare in the kitchen. Engage your children in the discussion and work out an agreeable meal plan. If your kids must have a protein shake, like the creamy and fulfilling PB&J Protein Shake, then it is always advisable to give one with good protein levels. If you don’t have protein powder do not worry. You can always make a homemade protein shake with good protein levels. Blend ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/3 cup Oats, 1 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa, 1 shot of espresso and 2 dates until it is smooth and ready to drink. This protein shake is rich in fibre which helps in digestion and keeps one full for hours.
Know What To Feed Them And Why
A lot of education and understanding is required when you want to change your family’s diet. This is the key to changing their lifestyle since you will be giving them what is necessary and beneficial. So, if they want to have a meal with meat in it, try poultry meat. Poultry meats are low on fat and at the same time, have good levels of zinc and iron which are important to your kids. Keep in mind that kids need at least a couple of servings daily from each of the five natural main food groups: Grains, fruits, greens, healthy fats, proteins, carbs and low-fat dairy.
Grains like the organic white Quinoa Indian Grain, that’s a superfood in itself, offer high levels of protein and fibre, low fat, and complex carbohydrates. Hand picked or dried fruits like Naturally Dried Goji Berries come with a potent combination of super-nutrients and proteins that have long been used as a traditional medicine for general health and wellness. Green options like Vegetable Biriyani Instant Meals come combined with a rich blend of spices and raw nutritious ingredients that are bound to keep your rice meals tasty and your kids healthy. Low-fat dairy products will improve your kids’ metabolism and keep them off extra fat. Protein-rich Peanut Butter Oats Treats and Beaten Chana offer nutritional benefits like high fiber, potassium, vitamins that are vital for your kids’ growth.
Do Not Change Meals Drastically
Everyone, especially kids hate surprise recipe changes, so when you drastically change their meals, then they will definitely find alternative ways to get what they were taking before. What you should really do as a parent is first to make them understand the need to change their diet. Helping them understand ensures they make healthier choices for themselves when eating at home or even outside. Perhaps you can include some pros of changing the diet without stressing, which could throw them off. For instance, make them understand how it is healthy to eat a fruit as a snack other than some chips and soda.
With time, they will gain interest in foods that provide the best natural nutrition. To bring about change in your child’s diet, it’s important as a parent to instill healthy eating habits in their lifestyle. For instance, you can involve your kids in preparing meals, shopping groceries and creating simple meal plans. Also, avoid using ‘unhealthy’ foods as a way to punish or reward your kids as it can easily undermine the healthy eating habits that you’re trying to teach them.
When taking your kids through dietary transitions, you need to have a lot of patience and faith in them as a parent. With these simple steps, you are likely to achieve your family fitness goals. Always remember, a full balanced diet is the key to achieving optimal nutritional benefits.