Friday, February 01, 2008

Making the healthier easier

It's a little like Supermom meeting her Kryptonite: time. If time is money and money is time, families rarely have enough of either.
Healthy Living vs. Easy Living is like that; it's easier said than done.
Last night, even though I'd vowed to cook from scratch more often, even though I'd declared I would make more nutritious and low fat suppers, and even though there was a package of tilapia in the freezer, I gave in to my exhaustion and threw a package of breaded chicken patties in the oven instead. Oh, it was was easy, but it was a guilt trip in the making, so I ate a homemade cookie for dessert to make me feel better.
When Parent Bloggers Network announced their blog blast this week on the topic of healthier living, I thought about posts I've already written in the first month of this brand new year. SMART goals. Locavore food choices. "Me" time. Even safety on the ice! Well, sort of.
The most likely way to encourage me to cook and eat healthier is to make it easy. Despite having tilapia in the freezer and knowing it doesn't take long to cook, I didn't do it. I wimped out, as my kids would say, based on the time and energy necessary to make healthy side dishes. With that experience in mind, here's my plan.
*Keep healthy sides around as well as healthy, easy-to-cook lean meats and fish.
*Plan ahead more often.
*Bake (Homemade bread! Good cookies! Yum!) on weekends to prepare sides and healthier snacks in advance.
*Cook vegetables for the adults, even though the teen often refuses to eat them. He might grow up and eat healthy some time. A mom can dream!
*Check out the site Parent Bloggers Network suggested, Kroger online, for recipes, guidelines, safe preparation habits, and more.

This blog blast was suggested by the Parent Bloggers Network and Kroger online.

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Blogger Flea said...

No matter how much healthy food we buy, how easy we make it on ourselves, I still gravitate to the junk. I have a bowl of apples sitting on the counter for weeks. Ugh. Dream for both of us!

2/01/2008 7:54 PM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

You ate the homemade cookie.

That works.


2/01/2008 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh. I hear you on the "healthy vs. easy" thing. Thank God for bags of frozen veg and fresh fruit, otherwise we'd be in tough shape come suppertime in my house!

2/02/2008 10:45 AM  

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