Research shows that families who enjoy shared meals together are likely to help grow healthier, happier children. The shared table is a powerful place to role model healthy habits and serve up nutritious meals for the whole family to enjoy together.
This new Women's Weekly cookbook in partnership with Disney titled HEALTHY FAMILY EATING, is aimed at families with primary school-aged children looking for delicious and nutritious family meals and snacks. There are over 50 family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts and plenty of inspiring hints and tips for the whole family to embrace healthy habits such as:
Book It In: It can be tricky to find time for a shared meal every night if one parent has to work late or older kids have sport, so it's important to plan in advance. A good tip is to set up a whiteboard on the fridge or pantry door and work family meals into your weekly schedule or lock in a regular weekly brunch or picnic in the park.
Create Ambience: You could explore an ethnic cuisine or magical theme on special nights. Perhaps light some candles, roll out an Aladdin "magic carpet" tablecloth and serve a large platter of Moroccan Lamb and Chickpea Salad (featured on page 45 of the book!)
Wake Up: Studies show breakfast can improve alertness, concentration and memory, and is particularly important for school children. Wake up a little earlier to make time for breakfast – it's worth the investment! Make a batch of the delicious breakfast muffins (page 25) and grab a piece of fresh fruit, if you have to eat on the run.
There are also tips for fussy eaters and ways to introduce your kids to a wide variety of healthy foods. Throughout the book you'll also find clever tips to engage your kids, with the help of Mickey Mouse.
The Australian Women's Weekly: Disney Healthy Family Eating
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