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Tips For Healthy Summer Family Meals

It’s summer time, the season of family barbeques and new beginnings.

To give your family a great start to the year, follow these six healthy tips when planning your everyday meals.

 

Cook together

For most families at this time of year, the kids  are at home from school and the demand to prepare meals is constant. It can often be stressful for the primary carer to cater to the nutritional needs of different age groups.

Why not involve your kids in either lunch or dinner preparations?  Educating our children about healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare food is paramount to improving their health 323.

The Kids in the Kitchen section of the Australian Avocados website has some colourful recipes and great ideas to involve kids in food prep with avo.

Control your portions

Achieving the correct portion size for meals is as easy as one-two-three:

1.  Meat portions should be no bigger than the size of your fist.

2.  Carbohydrates i.e. pasta or rice, should equate to no more than one cup per person.

3.  Make sure vegetables fill half the dinner plate.

Don’t skip breakfast

Adults and young children who skip breakfast are more likely to seek unhealthy food options to boost energy levels, which may impact body weight 324.  It is in your best interest to start the day with a wholesome breakfastthat will satisfy you until your next meal and provide you with enough nutrients to sustain vital body functions.

Choose in season fruit and veg

By selecting fruit and vegetables in season, you will be able to save yourself some money at the cash register, as in season produce is often cheaper than selecting fruit and vegetables that are out of season and have been imported in to cater for the off-season demand. 

Eat more seafood

There is no denying the health benefits of the right amount of seafood, and it is a summer favourite.  Try dressing up a traditional seafood dish with avocado as it complements a seafood meal perfectly. If the kids aren’t fish fanatics, try a white fish with a more mild flavour.

Hydrate often

Finally, remember to hydrate throughout the warm summer days especially during the heat waves. By the time you may feel thirsty, you could already be very dehydrated. Where possible, stick to the good old H2O and avoid sweet, fizzy drinks. If you are exercising or working in the heat and sweating a lot, a sports drink may be appropriate. It is not an everyday drink but designed to help replenish what is lost when sweating. 

- Zoe

Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding. 

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