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March 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

Do you want your husband to lose weight? Or do you want the family to adopt a better, healthier lifestyle? You have to begin by creating some healthy meal plans. It is best to make about 4-5 meal plans and then to rotate them so that you can get a lot of variety in your meals. Here are some tips for meal plans that are healthy for your family:

1. When you make healthy meal plans, make sure of one thing: breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day, and it is also the most ignored one. Take care that your family eats a healthy breakfast. You can include healthy cereals, sprouts, fresh fruits and juices in the breakfast. It is best to have three meals a day and two snacks between them. Eating more might sound unhealthy, but eating smaller portions more often is actually healthier. It increases metabolism and burns more fat. Plus it reduces the tendency to eat out in the evening.

2. Make sure you include some carbohydrates in healthy meal plans. Though most people think that carbs are bad, but your body needs some of them to function properly. You need some energy to operate, and carbohydrates are the source of that energy. You can select whole wheat options like bagel, waffles, or toasts. Also, if you have growing kids, make sure you include calcium in your breakfast. It is good for women as well. Have a small glass of skimmed milk or a cup of yogurt. Include eggs in breakfast as they are an excellent source of protein.

3. For the first snack, pick something light and small. But it should be satisfying so that it keeps your family full till lunch. You can have nuts for energy, but try to avoid fattening ones (like cashews). You can pick almonds and walnuts instead. Also, low sugar flavored water would be a good addition. Then for lunch, include protein rich diet, like tofu burger, vegetables and fruits. You can also have shredded cheese along with baby spinach leaves and a tomato slice.

4. For the second snack of the day, include a couple of fruits. You can also give them some cheddar slices. And if they crave salt, pack some mini pretzels. Plan the dinner to be light since they are going to sleep after it. You can have some fruits, salad, and a light protein dish. There should be at least a one-hour gap between eating and sleeping. This way your body will digest the food easily, and you can have better sleep.

When you prepare healthy meal plans, make sure you prepare enough servings for each food group. Rotate your menus so that your family doesn't complain of lack of variety.

Ruthie began her meal planning journey in 2005 with the birth of her first child. Since then, the self-confessed kitchen problem-solver has worked hard to piece together hundreds of fresh recipes, countless time saving tips and delicious, budget friendly healthy meal plans.The result is a membership site packed full of these things and more - online meal planning.com

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