Tips for parents:
- Kids learn from watching you, so they "follow the leader" when it comes to eating. Remember that a family meal doesn't have to be dinner. Try breakfast!
- Slow down and enjoy the meal! It takes the brain 20 minutes to realize how much food you have eaten and to know when you have had enough.
- Turn off the TV or computerwhile your child and family eats. When a child's attention is focused on something else, like watching television or playing on the computer, it is easy for him or her to overeat. It is best for children to eat at the table where they can focus on what they are eating and not be distracted.
- Stock Up on the Basics: Keep your freezer and kitchen stocked with basic food items like pasta sauce, beans, low sodium canned soup, pasta, instant brown rice, frozen vegetables.
- If you have one day of the week when your schedule isn't hectic, spend some time in the kitchen preparing your meals ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator.
- Get kids involved in mealtime prep.
- Double the recipe; portion out and freeze the additional servings. When it's a busy night and there is no time to cook defrost the meal and heat.
Use Your Slow Cooker: A crock-pot or slow cooker is a great way to make healthy meals while you are away from home. Simply combine the ingredients into the slow-cooker, cover, and cook on low heat for 4-8 hours while you do other things. For information on using your slow cooker and healthy slow-cooker recipes, check out slow cooker classics.
Quick and Easy Meal Time Recipes file size 6MB
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.