Something’s Cooking: Make Meal Times Less Stressful and More Healthy

by Lauren on January 11, 2017

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What can you do to make mealtimes less stressful? Well, there are a few things you might want to consider. For one thing, you need to try to work out how you can improve and boost the experience of mealtimes. If you can reduce the stress, and make healthier dishes, then everyone is going to feel the benefits of this.

Get a Food Processor

Want to make your mealtime experience much easier? Sick of having to spend hours chopping, slicing, and dicing. Well, the answer to your prayers could well be a food processor. This makes the whole process of preparing and making meals so much quicker and more efficient. In fact, there are even cookery books dedicated to meals that utilize the food professor as much as possible. You need to be looking for the best food processors on the market; something like the Breville BFP800XL. You can find out more about it here, and decide which food processor would be right for you. It’s important to get one as it will revolutionize your mealtimes, and make everything much more fun and straightforward.

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Invest in Some Recipe Books

One of the best investments you can make that will help you during mealtimes is to invest in recipe books. There are so many of these around these days that you are almost spoilt for choice. Try to choose a selection of recipe books that will give you an eclectic choice of dishes to choose from. If you can expand your collection, you will have so many more dishes you can make. Even more so if you have a food processor as well. Make sure you actually refer to and use your recipe books because they will come in so helpful for improving the whole mealtime experience.

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Plan Your Meals Each Week

Here’s a tip from a busy mom – plan your meals in advance. Seriously. It is SO much easier for all concerned if you do this. You have to make sure you go into detail and plan your meals out at the start of each week. A friend of mine recommended that I do this, and I didn’t really think much of it as an idea. But, since starting I don’t think I could go back to not planning. It’s so simple knowing what I’m having each day, and making sure I have the ingredients to make it. This is where the recipe books prove such a useful investment. Each Sunday you should sit down and choose some recipes for meals you’re going to make for the week. Then you can go shopping and make sure you have all the things you need. It will help you to prioritize healthy eating much better, and you can have a healthier life as a result.

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Don’t Always Take the Easy Option

It’s really easy to get into bad habits when it comes to food, and many people slip into the habit of taking the easy option. This is something you have to think hard about and make sure you don’t fall into this trap. Yes, putting a pizza in the oven is much easier than cooking something healthy, but it’s a bad habit to get into. Instead, you need to try to remain as disciplined as you possibly can throughout the process. Make sure you don’t take the easy route the whole time because this leads to an unhealthy diet. Being healthy and enjoying mealtimes isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. Make sure you keep the bad habits at bay, and planning your meals in advance is an excellent way of ensuring that you can accomplish this as much as possible.

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Balanced Diet

The most important thing to remember is making sure you have a healthy and balanced diet as much as possible. This is something you have got to ensure you focus on as much as you can. It will be a bit of work when you first start, as you try to integrate the healthy diet into your daily life. I’m guilty of not eating right as much as the next person, and this can be even harder if you’re a parent. It’s so important to focus on trying to have a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables involved. Try to make sure your protein and carbohydrate portions are much smaller than your vegetable portions. Try to make sure you are having three square meals a day as well. Don’t skip one because it will throw your diet out of whack. Many people will skip breakfast on a daily basis, but you mustn’t do this.

Making sure the process of meal times becomes more healthy and less stressful is all about planning. You need to understand what it is about mealtimes that makes them so stressful and arduous. As a mom, I for one would love a stress-free mealtime every single day. And this is the closest I’ve been able to get to achieving that; so you need to make sure you try to do the same. Sometimes we feel like we don’t have the time to make healthy and delicious food, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You need to embrace healthy mealtimes these days because they are a lot easier to accomplish.

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