If we don’t eat 3 meals a day, we may be more likely to eat fast food and unhealthy snacks instead – which can lead to too much fat in our bodies, and increases the risk of developing diseases like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
It’s also important, especially for children, to eat meals at roughly the same time each day. This helps train their bodies to know when food is next coming so they don’t get so hungry between meals.
For some healthy and affordable recipes see our recipe section, you’ll find all our Supermeals in the ‘Dinner’ Section. We’ve got loads of great ideas for healthy lunch boxes too.
Plan your meals
Think about what you’re going to cook in the week before you do the shopping and make sure you buy the ingredients you need. Once you know what you’re having every day, you won’t need to think about it again so it saves time on trying to decide, as well as last minute trips to the shops to get what you need.
Finding the time...
It can be hard to find the time to make healthier meals – but you’d be surprised how much a few shortcuts can help. Here are a few corner-cutting ideas that could help you create a bit more time in your day:
- Soups are brilliant. You can make them in advance and keep in the fridge or freezer, you can put all sorts of leftovers in them and make a whole new meal – and you can add loads of veggies, so they count towards the kids’ 5 a day!
- Prepare breakfast the night before – if its fruit salad just make it the evening before and put it in the fridge, if its toast or cereal then put all the things out on the table that you’ll need.
- Roasting is a great time saver as you can just shove it in the oven and it pretty much cooks itself! It also saves on the washing up as everything can go in one roasting dish with a small amount of oil – veggies, chicken, potatoes – most fresh ingredients roast beautifully
- Be prepared for the rush when the kids come home from school! They’re often hungry so keep some healthier snacks on hand like chopped-up carrots sticks, lower fat houmous, rice cakes, or wholemeal toast. That way they won’t be invading the cupboard for bags of crisps!