Fire up the grill
“A lot of barbecued meals are quite healthy,” says Greta. “It’s a healthy cooking method, and it’s so easy to make a homemade burger.” Grilling is a great option for time-crunched families because you can cook an entire meal at the same time, with less clean-up. “And if you’re lighting the barbecue anyway, you may as well throw on some veg,” says Greta. But even with grilled food, you still need to make a few smart choices. When it comes to those homemade burgers, “Choose really healthy toppings,” suggests Janet. “And if you’re buying steak, remember that ‘loin’ equals ‘lean.'”
Get the kids involved
“I think it’s good to get kids involved in the kitchen,” says Greta. “They’re more likely to eat something they had a hand in making.” One way to make healthy cooking fun for kids is by helping them grow their own food. School and community gardens are gaining popularity across Canada as a way to combat obesity. It can also help kids develop a greater appreciation and respect for the environment. No time to garden? Let your kids have more control at dinner time-whether they take turns choosing a favourite dish or assisting with food prep, having a hand in the process can encourage even the pickiest eater to show an interest in their meal.
On the move? Pack a healthy snack
When you’re trying to quiet a grumbling stomach, a quick, nutritious snack is a great way to ease your hunger. “It takes about 30 seconds to make a healthy snack,” says Greta. Try this “real fruit roll-up” recipe: Spread almond butter on a multi-grain or whole-wheat tortilla and wrap around a banana. Enjoy. (Yes, that’s all there is to it!) Janet also recommends filling a small food container with almond butter to use as a dip for sliced apples. Need some more inspiration? Check out this recipe for almond snack mix.