Do you remember my Making Wholesome Foods Accessible post? This is step number one in giving your family a healthier diet: Make Wholesome Foods Accessible. If the good stuff isn't relatively easy to reach for, we reach for the junk instead. And, if the children don't have some good options, they will beg for the junk instead too!
Preparing healthy foods will take some time commitment. Don't worry, it doesn't have to drain your whole life. But, realistically, it will take some additional time. Most often, foods that are nourishing are not as convenient as boxed, prepackaged foods. Except for maybe bananas and berries. My suggestion is to set aside a chunk of time each week to do some preliminary food prep. Doing so will make nourishing foods more accessible... and will prevent resorting to less nourishing processed foods.
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All that being said, here is a corollary:
Make Unwholesome Food Inaccessible
Make the commitment to stop bringing unwholesome foods home. You can do this! Before you grocery shop, make a meal plan -- even for snacks. Write your shopping list only for the items you need for your meal plan. Sticking to your list will ensure that you have everything you need for the week!
Naturally, we are not going to starve ourselves (or our children!), so when there are no chips, boxed cereals, cookies or snack mixes to quickly pull out of our pantry, we will have to follow the healthy meal plan. We will have to pop popcorn, make pita chips, bake cookies or make trail mix. It does take a bit of extra effort. That is why it is so beneficial to have a set aside time to prepare these things in advance, as much as possible.
Have you made a plan for this week's meals and snacks? I will be working on mine and doing my grocery shopping later this evening. If you don't already have a plan in place:
- Create a plan for a week's worth of meals and snacks.
- Shop according to your meal plan.
- Leave the unwholesome stuff and the store.
- Soon after shopping, spend an hour or so preparing some foods.
- Be joyful you've taken another healthy step!
- Get ready to do it again next week!
Do you have a wholesome, quick snack that you could share with everyone? Please comment and add your great ideas!
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