So let's say you are already buying things organic, maybe stocking up on fresh foods as much as you can...how else can you get your family to eat better? I've complied a list of hints. See if you are doing them:
-- Read labels. If you are buying processed foods, pick items with the fewest words on the ingredient list. If the list is long and has a bunch of things you don't know, put it back on the shelf.
-- Use mustard instead of mayo. Cuts out a huge amount of fat and adds flavor.
-- Measure. When using sprays, oils and butter for cooking a little goes a long way - and adds calories. Only use what you need - or try it with a little less each time.
-- Make the whole-wheat switch. This one switch, from white bread and pasta to whole-wheat grains, can be a major healthy bonus.
-- Gradually switch to low fat or skim milk. If you and the kids are used to whole milk, make it a slow and steady process. For a month, use 2%, then switch to 1%. Same goes for reduced fat cheese. If you do it little by little, you won't be able to tell the difference.
-- Use smaller plates. When eating healthier, the first thing experts say to do watch your portions, even with the kids. One thing to help with this is use salad plates instead of those large oversized dinner plates we all have in the cupboards. It will automatically reduce the amount of food you are eating - you will be surprised that you don't feel hungry.
-- Always choose the leanest cut of meat and ground beef.
-- Cut back on salt. As much as you watch fat amounts and calories, another huge bad boy of any diet is sodium. Keep it under 2,300 milligrams per day, less than that for our kids.
How do you try to eat healthier?