It’s important to make eating fun, and this is especially true when it comes to family meals! After all, your family is only going to eat together if they really WANT to. And what better way than to make it fun!
Here are some tricks that the best chefs use to make eating fun, while still making it healthy:
Eat what you want, but really want it. Chefs rarely put foods on a “banned list.” They enjoy eating without guilt. So how can they do that? The healthiest chefs eat things like bread and sugary foods less often. These just fill you up and add calories without adding any real nutritional value.
Eat dessert – but take it easy. Most kids love desert, so go ahead and serve it, but don’t go overboard. If you want chocolate, then go ahead and eat it. But try just a little bit instead of a big piece of candy or cake. Often, a little piece will satisfy you. And look for food items that have the most intense flavor. These will help satisfy your urge with just a bite of two.
Don’t feast. This is really important. Great family meals provide great conversation, but stop eating when you get full. Serve smaller portions and eat slowly. You’ll rarely see a chef eating in the kitchen, and there’s a reason for that. They eat in the dining room, away from the food. That way, they’re not tempted to just keep eating. They enjoy what’s on their plate, and then they’re finished. You can get the same result by plating your family’s food in the kitchen, rather than placing serving dishes on the table.
These are some ideas for you to try at your next family meal. Take a tip from chefs and enjoy your time together as a family.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family’s health for generations! What choices will you make today?
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