Tiny victories in healthful eating

Allison Enke, MA, RD

Mon September 23, 2013 10:39pm

Creating healthful meals that the whole family will enjoy doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Add nutrient-dense foods to your cooking routine to make little changes and embrace tiny victories for a happier, healthier family.

Tiny victory #1

To satisfy after-school cravings and aid better dinnertime decisions, stock up on nutritious snacks so kids have healthy options at their fingertips. Hummus with veggies, string cheese with whole wheat crackers and air-popped popcorn are likely hits.

Tiny victory #2

Since some grains such as brown rice can take a while to cook, make a batch ahead on the weekend to have on hand. Freeze prepared whole grains (or get them already frozen) for another quick meal solution. Stocking quick-cooking grains such as quinoa helps add variety, as can having whole grain bread and tortillas on hand for simple meals.

Tiny victory #3

Add vegetables to dishes that kids love, whether it’s pureeing butternut squash to bulk up macaroni and cheese, adding shredded carrots to a sandwich or broccoli “trees” to a child’s favorite pasta dish.