by Emily Richards, Home Economist
Myth 1: Healthy Eating is Expensive
When it comes to our health, we sometimes feel that spending a lot of money is necessary to get the best our bodies need. This does not have to be the case when it comes to feeding ourselves with nutritious and delicious foods. Cooking using simple and fresh ingredients rather than paying for processed foods means meals can be prepared and enjoyed at home fairly inexpensively.
Myth 2: Healthy Eating Takes Too Much Time
We often assume that creating family meals takes way too much time, especially if you want to make a healthy dinner. Not true. With a well-stocked pantry and a few fresh ingredients, your meals are already on their way. Ask for a helping hand in the kitchen and use that time as family time. Not only will you get dinner on the table. but strong life lessons including what is important for your body and mind will naturally follow.
- Looking for a list of pantry staples with recipe ideas? Read: What Staples do you Need for a Well-Stocked Pantry?
- Need tips for handling the dinner time rush? Read: How to get Dinner on the Table Fast: Start with a Plan
Myth 3: Healthy Eating Doesn’t Taste Good
Flavour is a big component of food and if your family is used to a lot of packaged foods, you need to adapt your taste buds from the overuse of salt and processed foods. Simplicity is key to showcase the flavours of the foods. Combine new foods with some family favourites to help onboard fussy eaters. Use fresh herbs, spices and a combination of in-season local ingredients to win over your family to great, fresh taste.
Myth 4: Healthy Eating Is Boring
Dinner is as boring as you let it become. Expanding your food horizons is important on the journey to good health. Opening up your palate to tastes that you may have not tried or mixing things up a bit to challenge your creative juices and your family’s flavour preferences will ensure that boring doesn’t hit the plate. Try out new recipes that will inspire you to continue cooking and develop a love for healthier food. Go online or buy a new cookbook for inspiration!