How to plan healthy dinners for the whole family
Hi mama!! So I have been wanting to do a post on this subject for a while because I get so many questions about this and I see a lot of mamas struggle to make this ritual stick. We just spent the weekend in Palm Springs with two other families, and the ladies and I were discussing this topic so I got inspired.
I will be totally honest with you I have a 1 year old and I am just now doing family meals. Jack’s bedtime is early 6:30/7pm, so he is hungry for dinner at about 5:30pm. Stefan and I have never eaten dinner that early so I always make Jack his food and we feed him, play, and then do bath and bed. We eat after which means he or I are cooking twice and that is more work than we care for.
Now that he is 1 year old I have started doing family dinner time because he’s only going to get older and start eating with Stefan and I.
Eating a healthy easy to prepare meal at dinner time is the trick. I have found that due to work or lack of time and low energy it’s hard to want to prepare a healthy meal for the whole family. Also, it can be tricky for a mama just starting out on her healthy eating journey because she may not know what to prepare.
When I helped my health coaching clients (pre baby) get back on track or into a routine that will stick, I would have them make a menu for just 3 days.
For us mamas dinner time is the most hectic so that is what I am going to focus on. To start:
- Pick 3 days of the week that you are going to commit to making a healthy dinner.
- Make a menu. Write down on paper what you are going to make each night.
- Make a grocery list and buy what you need, so it’s on hand making it easy.
- Block your time off to prepare. For some mamas this may mean you chop or prep some stuff during nap or night before.
Example: Jack gets in the bath at 6:30pm so he’s usually hungry about 5:30pm, so at 5pm I start dinner. Nothing I ever make takes more than 25-30 minutes. I certainly do not have the time, patience, or attention span(from Jack) to cook longer than that.
The biggest key to success is taking baby steps, that’s why I suggest starting with 3 nights a week instead of going for 7.
I obviously cook only plant-based in our house.
I hope this helps you make some yummy dinners for you and the fam!!
Let me know if you have any questions about meal planning or recipes.