Eating well can be simple.
However, with all the fad diets, cleanses, and countless nutrition websites it can feel overwhelming. Our culture has become so obsessed with diet and weight loss that we often give up because we fall short or can’t stick to the complicated regimens.
And the opposite is true as well. Obesity is ever on the rise, and nutrition related diseases are the top killers in the United States. Often times it is related to poor nutrition handed down through the generations.
But what if the solution didn’t have to be complicated? What if we just made a simple change that would encourage the entire family to eat well?
What if it started with fruits and vegetables in your fridge?
As a kid I grew up having fruits and veggies in the fridge year round. I am so thankful for the commitment my mom had to make this happen. Although we ate caramel sauce on our apples and ranch with our carrots, I think this provided a long lasting love of fruits and vegetables.
As a mom I am trying my best to follow in my mother’s footsteps. And I am finally developing a routine to make it affordable and easy to have these on hand.
I love looking at the fresh cut fruits and veggies at a swanky grocery store like Whole Foods. They are beautiful and I think beautiful food is enticing.
The only problem is they are expensive. Like crazy expensive.
So I’m doing it myself. Before I head to the grocery store I look online to see what fruits and veggies are on sale that week. If I don’t have time to look online I grab an advertisement on the way into the store.
This not only helps me save money but helps me switch up what foods we are eating. Once I’m home I spend a little time slicing and dicing and putting them in clear containers.
I’ve found that if I leave the strawberries, for example, in the container they won’t get eaten, but as soon as they are washed and cut they are gone within minutes.
Summer is my favorite season for having a fruit salad in the fridge at all times. I simply throw what fruit I would put in separate containers into one bowl and there you have it. It is so simple.
During the winter it is a little harder to find a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, so I stick to carrots and celery and apples and tangelos or whatever I can find.
I hope this offers hope. Eating healthy can be simple. Eat fruits and veggies for your snacks. Offer them to your family by taking a few minutes to prepare them.
I believe this is the first step in teaching your kids about nutrition. And I believe it is the first step in the prevention of chronic nutrition-related disease – yes it starts early!
How cool is it that we get to shape our little ones’ health by offering good nutrition at a young age?
Thanks mom for shaping this in me – I hope to pass it along to my own family.