Finding tasty and nutritious foods that your whole family will enjoy can be a challenge. You’re shopping for foods that have vitamins and minerals, are free of pesticides and harsh chemicals, and taste great. However, each of your family members may have different preferences and some of your loved ones may be trying gluten-free or vegetarian diets. If you want to make mealtime a little easier in your home and be sure that your family is getting the nutrition they need, here are some of the best natural food options to try.
Vegetables are delicious natural foods as well, but it can be difficult to get everyone in your family to eat them. If you’re not having much luck getting your kids to eat vegetables at dinner, try preparing them differently. Making a hearty stew from vegetables you find at your local organic grocer or farmer’s market could change your family’s mind about veggies. Sautee diced butternut squash, tomatoes, and eggplant in olive oil, fresh bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Add the vegetables to a large pot and pour in water, chicken or vegetable broth, butter, and your favorite fresh herbs. You can also add onions and garlic for even more flavor. All the vegetables to soften and serve the stew on top of rice or with a protein (i.e. chicken, fish, sauteed tofu). This tasty take on vegetables may get your loved ones excited about dinner and motivate them to eat healthier.
Fruits are filled with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that boost the immune system and promote weight management. You can make a quick and easy fruit salad using seasonal fruits, i.e. apples and dates for the fall or watermelon and cantaloupe for the summer. Combine the fruits your family likes most and serve this sweet salad with diced raw nuts like almonds or walnuts and a honey dressing. Use the best sourwood honey, along with a dash of vanilla, sea salt, and fresh mint leaves. Mix these ingredients and drizzle the dressing over the fruit to make this natural treat even more spectacular.
Free-Range or Wild-Caught Protein
If chicken is often your go-to when it comes to dinner, fry free-range, or organic chicken to ensure you’re buying meat that is free of chemicals and hormones. It’s also a good idea to explore seasonings for your chicken to make the meal more interesting. For instance, roast the chicken in the oven with garlic and bell peppers, then shred the chicken and use it for tacos or tostadas. Or, top sauteed chicken with a lemon butter sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil for five minutes for an Italian-inspired meal.
Wild-caught salmon or tuna can be a delicious addition to dinner as well. You can pan-sear tuna with soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic and serve with fried rice for an Asian-inspired dinner, or create a mixture of garlic, brown sugar, liquid aminos, and butter to brush on top of salmon fillets before baking them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The salmon can be served with steamed vegetables and a baked potato. These meals are simple to assemble, and purchasing quality meat and fish improves the taste of the meal. You’ll also feel better knowing that your family is eating foods that are free of harsh ingredients.
Whole Grain Bread and Desserts
If you’re trying to cut down on carbohydrates and processed food, try natural, whole grain options . You can use unbleached, whole wheat flour to make pie crusts or cookies. You can also use other types of flours, like coconut, almond, or chickpea flour to make your own bread. Many organic markets also make gluten-free and paleo desserts from cassava or brown rice flours, so you can find cakes, cupcakes, and cookies that are safe for the entire family to eat. There are also several vegan or organic ice cream varieties available to make your healthy dessert even more delicious.
These natural food choices can improve mealtime and will make you more excited about getting into the kitchen. You may also want to get your loved ones involved in making meals with healthy foods so they’ll be more motivated to prepare foods that give them more energy throughout the day.