Surviving Daily Mealtime Madness

Start planning meals ahead of time for your family to eat better, have more enjoyable laid-back meals together and to save some time and money.

Life can get pretty busy and sometimes is very hard to organize daily busy schedules and prepare meals for the whole family. Preparing meals ahead of time, will allow you to eat what is best for you and your family, instead of eating what's convenient.

Make a meal plan for the whole week (or two weeks) and avoid becoming a short-order cook in your own kitchen.
Choose acceptable quality nutritious meals that will appeal to the majority and refuse daily catering to everyone's likes and dislikes.

Ask your family to help you with meal ideas and try some new recipe every couple of weeks to keep mealtime interesting. It is amazing what foods your family will try if they have been involved in meal planning process.

Get family members involved in meal preparation and enjoy quality time with your family. If kids are included, determine age-appropriate involvement in the meal preparation and let them help you out. They will learn an important life skill, you will have a chance to get updated on the news of the day and whole family will have fun.

Try to limit grocery shopping to once a week and keep well stocked pantry. You will be amazed at how much time and money you can save if you can avoid dashing into the grocery store every day or on the way home from work.

Packaged pasta, rice, healthy whole grains, noodle and potato side dishes are fast and easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to simple grilled meats, fish or vegetables.

Cook once and eat at least twice. Store extras in freezer or refrigerate. Keep in mind that leftovers should be used within three days, depends on the type of food.

Leftover meat will taste great when combined with peppers, onions, other vegetables and spices in fajitas, tortillas, stir-fry, sandwiches or just served on a fresh cooked rice or pasta.

When you are making stew, casserole, lasagna, pasta sauce or any other dish you enjoy, always make enough for at least two meals. Extra meals in the refrigerator or freezer are time savers and money in the bank.

The after-school kids are usually starving when they get home. For them try to serve part of supper before supper. Your kids can munch on raw fruit or veggies while supper is being made. This will keep them occupied and will provide good nutrients at the same time.

One of the most pleasurable things about eating is sharing food with people you love. Try to eat together as a family as often as possible. Studies show that families who eat together, enjoy meal time and eat better. So, eat together, eat well and live well.


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Portion Sizes
Research show that our food portions at home and restaurants have grown significantly in the past thirty years. With constant  food advertising and large portions all around us, it's never been more important to take full control and responsibility in  achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Try to start with smaller portion, then take additional food, if required.

Try to choose a restaurant with healthier food options. Order an appetizer size portions or take half of your food home to help control your food portions.

Take some time to enjoy your meal and company at the time and pay attention to the taste and texture of your food.

Listen to your body, it will give you signals for hunger and fullness if you listen carefully.

Read the labels of packaged foods. Keep in mind that the calories and nutrients provided are for one serving only. So, if you eat twice that amount, don't forget to multiply by two.

Always do visual check before you start eating.

One serving of meat or fish should be the size of a deck of cards.

One serving of vegetable or fruit should be the size of a small fist.

One serving of pasta or rice should be the size of a tennis ball.

One serving of cheese should be the size of your thumb.

Prepare healthy snacks or portable meals to help you going throughout the day.

Diced fruit, vegetables, nuts and  yogurt are great choice. FREE Recipes