Healthy Magazine Healthy RGV Issue 117 - Page 8

HEALTHY KIDS · AUGUST 2018 CHOOSE A DINNER TIME Because everyone has such busy schedules these days, family dinners often fall by the wayside. But it’s never been more important to sit down and have some quality time with your family. So choose a time that works best with your family’s schedule, when everyone can sit down together. It may require a little finagling and creative scheduling, but even if you end up eating a little earlier or later than you’d like, it will be worth it when you’re all together. GET YOURSELF SOME HELP How to Kick Off a Healthy School Year for Your Family B elieve it or not, the summer is almost over. That means it’s time to trade in the beach towels for backpacks, and the lazy pool days for packed sports schedules. But, just because your routine is about to ramp up, it doesn’t mean your family’s health has to pay the price. Yes, the kids will be busier and your schedule as the designated family chauffeur is going to fill up fast. But, with a little planning and organization, your family can still eat healthy and clean amidst all the chaos. By Jenn Baxter PLAN AHEAD First, make sure you set aside some time to plan your meals ahead of time. Sunday is a great day to do this since it sets you up for the week. Sit down with your favorite recipes—whether they’re from Pinterest, magazines or your grandma—and write out a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. To make things even easier and more efficient, group your list items into categories that match the departments in the grocery store—dairy, meats, produce, beverages, etc. Make sure you also set the coming week’s recipes aside somewhere where they’ll be easily accessible. This could be on a cookbook stand on your kitchen counter, tacked to a pegboard on the wall, or even pinned to a separate board on Pinterest. PREP AHEAD Once you’ve picked out your healthy and clean meals for the week and done your grocery shopping, get some of your prep work out of the way ahead of time. Chop up vegetables and fruits, cook up dry ingredients like quinoa or rice, and marinate meats and seafood in preparation for the week’s meals. Then, store the ingredients in the fridge until you need them. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even cook some of your meals ahead of time, so all you have to do is reheat them during the week. 8 HEALTHY MAGAZINE If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of planning healthy meals for your family five (or seven) days a week, get yourself some help by using a meal planning or meal delivery service. Companie 2ƖRVg&W6FVBB&VR&v6V@RWfW'FrRVVBFRV7@FVƖ6W6ǒVFV2f"W"f֖ǒधW7BvƖRB6WBW"&V6W2B&vFFR&RV7W&V@w&VFVG2v6R7G&vBFW F'7FW4TDT4U0VWrW"G>( V6W2VF&PFR7B6Vvr'BbW"&6ЧF66&WFR66RBWfW'R20W6FVB&WBR2R&R'WBFW&P&R7Fv2FVWFV"V6W2VFR7W&RF6FVvFVG`&FVvFfG2ƖR&v2GW&W'&V7Bt6VW6R7F62WG2ƖPG2B66Ww2"&FV&'2F@6RVF7vVWG2ƖR7G&v&W'&W2&VV&W'&W2"W2Bb6W'6RV6W&vRFVF66RvFW"fW 6F'ffW&rF2ƖRff&V@vFW"7&ƖrvFW""vFW"V6W 62FBFW66''vFFVBBFRVBbFRFbRFfPF&FW"RvB"7vrF&VvFR66fG&fRF&Vv&VV&W"N( 2BFRVBbFRv&BR7W&RRWFVBW'6VbFR6PFV6RFBRvVBFf֖ǐV&W""66Rg&VBBF( B7G&W70W'6VbWBb6RvG2N( 2&W@6fVV6RW7BG'F7F6FVFW F2ƖR&v2vWFVg&VR@7Vv"g&VRBvfRW'6VbFRw&6RF7F'BvF'&r