Cooking for one person to four people can definitely be challenging at times, especially when you have a picky husband, picky 4 year old and one great 2 year old eater. However, there are times when this 2 year old goes on a bit of a liquid diet when he is teething (at least I think). All this makes cooking very challenging, but the good news is that I am in charge most of the time. Therefore, I decided to use some sneaky ways to make my family healthy. Here is what has worked for me that you can try:
- Sneak certain foods in your recipes. You can blend a bunch of vegetables and add it to your casserole.
- If you make something they don’t like, freeze it and take it out at another time. You can make changes to it and see if they like it.
- For your favourite baked good recipes substitute the oil for applesauce. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil replace it with 1 cup of applesauce. If you think your family will notice then try building up to it. Start by replacing only ¼ of the oil with applesauce. The next time try ½ and then ¾ and then finally 1 cup.
- Try the same thing with the white flour, use1/4 whole wheat flour in your recipes. If no one notices the difference then try adding more whole wheat flour the next time.
- Try adding a little less oil or salt in most of your recipes.
- Have some fruit cut up where everyone can reach. If you don’t have time to cut up fruit then just have whole fruit washed. This way anyone can just grab it and go.
- Make it a habit to have vegetables or salad before lunch and dinner.
- Whenever you can try baking instead of frying.
- Make ½ your grain products, if not all, whole grains.
- Keep all the not so healthy foods out of reach and out of sight.
The bottom line is you have to know what your family likes and work around it. Here’s to healthy habits and healthy changes!