Healthy Meals for the Whole Family

Did you know that children of families who eat dinner together 3 or more times a week are 24% more likely to be eating healthy foods, and 12% less likely to be overweight?

Eating meals together is a great way to stay connected with your kids and encourage healthy eating, but it can be a challenge to come up with healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy. If you have picky eaters who are hard to please, or if you’re just tired of cooking the same meals every couple of weeks, we’re here to help! 

Today we’re sharing some fun, healthy recipes that the whole family (hopefully even those picky eaters) will enjoy.

Mini Hawaiian Burgers

Made with ground turkey, chorizo, crushed pineapple, and some spices, these Hawaiian burgers put a unique and tasty twist on old-fashioned hamburgers. Serve with one of these delicious vegetable sides.

Recipe for Mini Hawaiian Burgers.

Skinny Chicken Parmesan 

This healthier version of chicken parmesan is the perfect meal for an Italian night. Instead of serving this dish with pasta and garlic bread, pair it with spaghetti squash and a salad full of fresh veggies. Warning: there may  not be any leftovers tonight!

Recipe for Skinny Chicken Parmesan.

Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

Do you ever have trouble getting your kiddos to eat their veggies? This macaroni recipe adds broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and celery to the cheesy macaroni goodness. (Hint: Make sure to cut your veggies into small chunks to avoid any suspicion from your veggie haters.) Serve this macaroni as a side dish to grilled or baked chicken, or enjoy it as the main dish. 

Recipe for Veggie Macaroni and Cheese.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Healthy and easy? That’s a win-win in our book. We love any recipe that uses the slow cooker. If your kids like tacos, they’ll love this flavorful soup. And if they’re unsure about trying it, let them know that it really does taste like tacos!

Recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Balanced dinners are key in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you have a child interested in cooking, or if you’d like your children to learn about nutrition, check out the YMCA’S Youth Nutrition Programs. Healthy living doesn’t have to be boring!

Olivia Duffus is a guest blog contributor from Dr. Steven Fass’s Austin-area practice. Dr. Steven Fass is a weight-loss doctor in Austin, TX. He is committed to providing personalized care to his patients and helping them live their healthiest lives. (
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