Having an Easter dinner that is healthy is very important for today’s obesity rates. Kid’s obesity rates have drastically risen within the last ten years. Kids are filling up with more junk food than healthy food. Parents should take their child’s Easter candy and allow a certain amount a day. This is also helpful because when the parent cooks a healthy Easter dinner, the child will eat up the healthy food too.
When cooking an Easter dinner, always try to use butter and sugar substitutes. These are better for the body than regular butter and sugar. When someone serves a lot of butter and/or butter cooked foods, it will raise cholesterol and could over time cause more heart problems. This is very important in older adults. Also, be aware of any special food restrictions the host’s family, friends or guests may have.
Always include vegetables and fruit in an Easter dinner. Fruits and vegetables can be cooked in many different appetizing ways to entice the children. It is very important to include healthy times such as veggies and fruit because they will keep children on a balanced diet and will help them grow big and strong. When cooking the fruits and veggies, be sure to use minimum amounts of oil and sugar.
When cooking an Easter dinner, try to remove all fried foods and instead bake them. Baking foods have less oil and fat than fried food. Another way is to remove all fat as much as possible. This will help keep things from being too unhealthy. They do make low sodium meats; this is good to remove the amount of salt in a person’s diet. So when cooking meat such as ham, remove all fat, don’t add salt or real butter and make sure to bake the meat and not fry it.
When it comes to desserts, try to include things such as the fruit or the Jell-O. Parents really do not need many sweet desserts because there is already candy for the children. If the parent is making a dessert, try to use the sugar substitute or the low-fat desserts. This is important because too much sugar can cause the children to be awake far longer than they need to be.
Always avoid the precooked dinners that are already cooked. They carry a lot of salt and fat. It is always best to buy fresh and cook the meal at home. This makes take more work but it is far more healthy for the people eating the meal. There are healthy recipes in recipes book out now or online. There are some cooking shows showing on TV now because becoming healthy is a big concern for all parents these days.