Healthy Meal Ideas the Whole Family Will Love

You don’t actually have to sacrifice your own health and weight goals just because you’ve got a family that needs feeding. Making food that works with your healthy lifestyle will help you better reach your goals and keep your family eating healthy too! The family will love any of these delicious food ideas.

1. Homemade Pizza

Forget about greasy, calorie-laden pizza slices from takeaway establishments and get the whole family involved in some pizza making! When you make something yourself, you know exactly what goes into it and you’re accountable for whether it’s healthy or not. For this meal idea, you’ll need to get a pizza base, vegetables of your choice, cheese, passata sauce and potential meat toppings such as chicken or prawns. Making your own pizza gives you great flexibility too – if one of your kids don’t like prawns and another simply adores them, you can customise the different slices!

2. Stuffed Veggies

Vegetables such as mushrooms, capsicums, zucchini flowers, eggplant, sweet potato and potatoes are all great bases and can be stuffed full of delicious filling very easily. If you’re a fan of mushrooms, try stuffing them with a breadcrumb, herb and blue cheese mixture (stilton is a very tasty option). The sweetness of sweet potatoes will be nicely contrasted with the saltiness of feta and bacon, while ricotta is a great companion for eggplants. You could also crack a few eggs into your capsicum, top it with some herbs and then bake it in the oven. Or you could stuff the capsicum with cooked rice, spice and chopped veggies, before grilling it on a grill. Don’t own one? There’s no need to fret – there are plenty of models to choose from, such as a Ziegler and Brown grill. Look around online and check out stockists such as Barbeques Galore to get an idea of prices. All of these meals involve presenting ‘boring’ vegetables in an exciting new way and you may even be able to trick your kids!

3. Fruit Ice-blocks

Dessert has never been easier to make, nor refreshing, than it is with fruit ice-blocks. All you will need is some chopped up fruit, ice-block moulds (easily purchased in stores or online) and some liquid filling. Watermelon, mango, strawberries and raspberries are all great fillers, while coconut water or fruit juice can be used. Simply pop all the ingredients in the moulds and then place them in the freezer for a few hours. In no time at all, you and the kids will be feasting on yummy, cool ice-block treats.

As you can see, you don’t have to sacrifice putting a nourishing meal on the table. Throwing together any of these quick and easy recipes will keep everyone happy and you on your way to your fitness goals! All it takes is a little preparation and know-how!

What are your favourite healthy family meals? What do you think is the best way to get kids to eat vegetables? Leave your answers and help other parents out by commenting below. 

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