Family mealtimes are not an easy time in any household. With fussy children, people needing to eat at different times and with different commitments to adhere to, there is no surprise that moms are finding it hard to present a nutritious family meal everyone will love. However, with a little care and organization, you can start to manage the mealtime frenzy and rid yourself of all the stress it can cause. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can make it stress-free.
Plan your meals in advance
Often the stress can be caused because you get to the time when you need to prepare the meal and you simply have no clue what you are going to make. You then rush around your catching hashing something together that either lacks flavor or isn’t well-received from the family. Take the stress out of meal choices by spending some time to plan your meals in advance. This means you only buy the food you need and you know ahead of time exactly what you are going to make. This could even help save you some money on your food bill.
Get the family involved with the menu
If you find that your children or the whole family can be a little fussy at times, then it may be worth speaking to them ahead of you doing the food shop and planning the meals. Get them involved in the meal choices. Allow one of them to pick the meal of the night, and then you may even see that there is more enthusiasm to get them eating the food. Websites like www.health.com have some great ones.
Allow the children to help prepare the meals
You may think that letting children help with cooking might add more stress, but in fact, allowing them to help with some of the tasks will enable them to show more interest in the food they are eating. As well as learning new skills. It keeps them occupied while you are preparing the food rather than moaning every minute they are hungry or bored.
Use the latest kitchen gadgets to save on time
You may want to invest in some new kitchen gadgets to help you save time and effort. For example, a pressure cooker can help reduce the cooking times you may have for some larger joints of meat. Websites like www.pressurecookerportal.com have some great advice on them. Other things to consider would be blenders or even slow cookers. Enabling you to cook a whole meal throughout the day, leaving you something nutritious exactly when you want it.
Eat together as often as you can
Finally, eating together as a family is a great way to encourage everyone to enjoy the food you are serving at mealtimes. You can then lead by example when it comes to trying new foods and tastes. You will be amazed by what children may try when you are eating together.
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