Are Your Kids Killing Your Diet?

Before kids you would never have thought of having dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets or mac and cheese from a box, but now they are a menu regular. How can you keep your diet on track?

By Reader's Digest Editors

Before kids you would never have thought of having dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets or mac and cheese from a box, but now they are a menu regular.A new study looked at over 7,000 British families’ food consumption for a two-week period and found that the households without children had healthier diets.

Even after controlling for income, age and other factors, compared with a household with children, a childless household consumed about 4.4 pounds more fruit and vegetables per person over the two-week period.

While we all know the stress of daily life with children usually leads to meal preparations that are quick and easy, that doesn’t mean meals need to be unhealthy. Use our 13 tips to get a healthy dinner on the table quickly.

The best tip? Plan out a week’s worth of meals in advance that are based on healthy, whole foods. Though the dinosaur–shaped chicken nuggets and boxed mac and cheese are easy, they should be used sparingly in your meal rotation.

And for the picky eaters in your family, we’ve got even more helpful hints.

Source: The New York Times

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