It is well-known that one of the main reasons why families do not eat as healthily as they used to is because they very often eat ‘on the run’. How many people come home from work or school and simply grab a ready-made meal that they put in the microwave and then eat while watching TV? The answer is that too many people do this. The problem with this approach to meals is that people don’t really stop to think about what they are eating and just grab whatever food is easy to cook, regardless of the nutritional content. So, what steps can families take to combat this?
Create the perfect dining area
This does not necessarily mean that you need a formal dining table. All you need is a dedicated area where the family can sit together in the evening and enjoy a meal together. If a dining table is not to your taste, why not opt for comfortable couches with a nice coffee table between them. Make sure there is no TV in this area to distract the family and to encourage conversation. The couches can be protected with Bemz couch covers. The advantage of Bemz couch covers is that they are easy to clean and replace. If you decide to change your color scheme you do not have to change your couches, just the Bemz covers.
Another issue with healthy eating is that every member of the family will have different tastes when it comes to the sort of food that they like. Some people don’t like vegetables, which will make it harder to get them interested in healthy eating. Figure out a list of things that each member of the family likes then do a little research into recipes that will suit everyone. Try them out on a rota system. Perhaps one day prepare a vegetarian dish, another day you could try spaghetti. Changing the menu will help to make mealtimes at home more interesting and will encourage everyone to be home for meals.
Get everyone involved
Getting kids cooking early on will help them to become more interested in healthy eating. Get them to take it in turns to help out in the kitchen. They can even choose the dishes that you prepare. Some healthy dishes are so easy that they will soon realize that they can be prepared in minutes and that they taste so much better than fast food.
You could also give kids the opportunity to have their say in the layout of the dining area. They could choose colors and this way you can figure out the features that will encourage them to spend more time there.