New year, new resolutions. What we learned from the last year is that we definitively need to release the pressure, and focus on simple things. Physical and mental health comes first for a happy family, and this should be enough to focus on this year.
Here are 3 simple steps that can truly make 2021 a year full of achievements.
1. Resolve to eat better. Start by shopping for better ingredients. Cooking up healthy meals for your family goes hand in hand with having the right ingredients in your kitchen. Stock your pantry, your fridge, and your freezer with healthy and delicious food items that will prevent you from eating junk food missing time, or inspiration. A good habit is to favor real and simple foods, with no nutrition labels, or to look for short ingredient lists: avoid items that contain more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients, or ingredients you can’t understand. Check out our pantry survival kit for ideas if you don’t know where to get started.
2. Accept to spend that little extra time in the kitchen. See this as a learning opportunity to help you get faster at food prep and more inspired over time. Start with simplifying mealtime by rotating very easy and versatile recipes or cooking methods of the same food. Welcome gratins, savory cakes, soups, salads, and tarts!
3. Don’t do it all alone. Join communities of families like you to find and share the inspiration and the motivation that will help you stick to your resolutions. Ask and use some help. There is no shame in getting some extra help, including in the kitchen. You can share food with friends, get takeaways from local restaurants, or even order meal kits for the family—there are so many companies now developing services with the kids’ specific needs in mind.
Ready for a wonderful year? Drop the long list of new resolutions. Focus on simple goals, surround yourself with real and supportive friends, and don’t forget to spare some “me time” in your day.