Many families are often on the go, leaving little to no time for healthy meals that the whole family can enjoy together. Parents are rushing off to go to work, while the kids are hurrying up in the morning to catch the school bus on time. Often, you will find that when you are in college, you have little free time in the middle of the day, which can lead to grabbing a quick lunch that may not be the healthiest option. Dinner might be takeout if nobody has the energy to cook, or your mother may just toss in some frozen dinners. This can take a toll on the health of your family, with necessary vitamins and minerals being lost. However, there is always a way to manage to make time to prepare and eat healthy meals that the entire family will love.
First and foremost, it is absolutely essential to remember that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. It is the one that nourishes you after a good eight or so hours of sleep and helps you to focus, not only in the morning but also throughout the day. Too many people make the mistake of skipping this meal and simply tossing back a cup of coffee until lunchtime, but this is a bad idea because you will then tend to overeat in the afternoon due to being so hungry. A great breakfast that is quick and filling in the morning is a whole grain or whole wheat English muffin topped with a small amount of jam, butter substitute or low fat cream cheese. The whole grains of the bread will keep you feeling satisfied well into the early afternoon, when you will be ready for lunch. Another option is steel cut oatmeal or cream of wheat with raisins, or even raisins and healthy nuts, like walnuts or pistachios. Either of these are ideal breakfasts to serve your family when the weather is changing over to colder temperatures.
For lunch, a great low calorie sandwich, consisting of lean deli meat such as turkey, with low fat cheese, low fat mayonnaise or mustard, lettuce, tomato and even onion between two slices of healthy seven-grain bread, is extremely savory. You can make these meals the night before school or work, and pack them for your kids so they can take them to school instead of buying cafeteria food, which is, unfortunately often quite unhealthy and loaded with sodium and fat. You can even give them a treat to have along with their sandwich, such as a one-ounce bag of potato chips. Toss in a container of fresh strawberries or baby carrots and an apple as additional treats.
As for dinner, if the entire family likes fish, you can make a truly delicious meal of teriyaki garlic salmon steaks or fillet. Adding a touch of Kikkoman's teriyaki sauce to the fish, then broiling it for a half hour is a quick and filling dinner, especially when served with sides of brown rice and broccoli, green beans, or peas. You can also make a great side salad of romaine or green leaf lettuce, grape or cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms and light dressing of any type your family enjoys. You can modify this dinner by cooking chicken instead, or you can even prepare a vegetarian meal if you have any family members who do not eat meat.