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National Nutrition Month: Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Families

March 13, 2018 Updated: September 8, 2020

With temperatures warming up and spring just around the corner, March is the perfect time of year to get a fresh start and refocus on eating right and getting healthy.

Balancing work and busy family schedules can already feel overwhelming at times and for many, healthy eating and proper nutrition can be one of the first things that suffers. But eating healthier foods doesn’t have to be a chore. Meal prep and cooking can be a fun way to spend quality time with our loved ones.

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What foods are important to your family’s heritage?

Is there a recipe you remember from your grandmother? Food you ate growing up that you have fond memories of? By cooking these foods with your family, you help pass on important traditions. If the foods are fried or high in sugar, can you bake it instead or use substitutions to put a healthier twist on the recipe and make it your own?

Make a plan before you shop.

It’s easy to get distracted at the grocery store or overwhelmed by options. Plan out the meals you’ll be cooking ahead of time and shop with a list. You’ll cut down on food waste and avoid impulse buying unhealthy foods.

Get kids excited about vegetables by growing them.

Even if you don’t have room or time for a garden, try growing some herbs in a pot. Seeing the effort that goes into growing food and having the satisfaction of eating something they grew themselves can really help get kids involved and more interested in their fruits and vegetables.

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