Trust me when I say this: You are not alone with your struggle to write a healthier meal plan for your family. I get these questions all the time from other moms just like yourself.
You want to know how to navigate around picky eaters without having to cook five separate meals every night.
You want to know how to cut back on fast food and improve your family’s overall diet.
You want to know how you can raise kids who intuitively eat in a balanced way.
So, just a few small goals, right? ?
Sadly, I cannot do those things for you. But what I CAN do is share tips on how YOU can make it happen.
And one of those tips is to begin with a healthier meal plan!
Now if you’re wondering… HOW am I going to create a healthy meal plan with a picky husband and a toddler who enjoys dumping her dinner on the floor if she hates it?
It’s OK, there are a few hacks you can try when you’re all the way in the beginning of your journey.
So here are my 3 easy steps to a healthier family meal plan
1. Adding vs taking away
This is the EASIEST thing you can do. If you’re just starting out, and you have no idea what to do, do this:
Do not take away your regular meals. Leave them as they are right now.
ADD the good stuff. Instead of having just a burger and fries, have a burger and fries and carrot sticks.
The caveat: Everyone at the table has to try every food.
The better you get at this as a family, the more healthy foods you can introduce.
And the more you eat healthy foods, the more you’ll start enjoying them – and hopefully you’ll eventually scale back on the unhealthy things.
But in the beginning? Don’t just go from burger to quinoa stew 3x per day, if you know what I mean.
2. Focus on changing one meal at a time
Similarly to adding the good stuff, focus on ONE meal at a time.
Don’t try to completely overhaul everything at once, it will only overwhelm you and make you ditch healthy eating ASAP.
When you write your meal plan for the week, focus on making one meal per day healthier. Once you got that down like a pro, you can tackle the next meal, and so on.
3. Allow dislikes
Ha, this one is hard to find balance with!
But do try to allow for a healthy amount of dislikes per person, and be fair to acknowledge them.
My eldest hated parsnips from her first day of solid food. My husband and I really like them, so I do continue making them – but I would never put them INTO the main part of a meal, because then I would exclude Em from it.
I DO encourage her to keep trying what she doesn’t like, but I don’t force it on her.
I believe it’s important to acknowledge that we ALL have things we think taste like garbage, and you’ll make writing a healthy family meal plan much easier if you allow each family member a handful of foods they are allowed to hate.
P.S: “Vegetables” isn’t a single food ?
OK, but what if I’m overwhelmed with even just writing a regular meal plan?!
Easy-peasy: If you need more help with the planning, just sign up for my eMail course on meal planning. It’s absolutely FREE and my tired friendly face will pop into your inbox with super simple tips.
Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian. Heck, half the time I’m not quite sure WHAT I am. This post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on Savory Nothings.