Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for April 13–26

Slow Cooker Roasted Herb Chicken

Featured Recipe: Easter Dinner couldn’t be easier (or more delicious) than this flavorful Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken. Place the ingredients into your crockpot and enjoy a beautiful Resurrection Sunday service with your family. When you get home, the celebration can continue with much thanksgiving for this simple and delicious meal.

Welcome to the new Whole Food Meal Plan format that makes it easier than ever to click-over to the recipes featured. That’s because, our new meal plan graphic opens into a convenient pdf that includes hyperlinks to each of the recipes.

Once opened, you can easily save this menu to your desktop for easy access anytime you need it. Then, simply click on the links within the meal planning pdf to gain instant access to the recipes featured.

In addition to our free weekly whole food meal plans, if you opt in as a subscriber to The Nourishing Home you’ll receive The Nourishing Home Weekly Newsletter which includes a  …

  • New Weekly Shopping List outlining all of the ingredients needed to make each dinner featured; as well as an awesome new
  • Prep Day Chart featuring helpful tips and recommendations for prep-ahead tasks that make putting meals together a snap during busy weeknights.

For details about the free meal plan extras for subscribers only, please visit The Nourishing Home.

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for April 13–19:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
April 13-19 TNH Meal Plan

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for April 20–26:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
April 20-26 TNH Meal Plan

In addition to the two meal plans above, we’re pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans. Select from the following two options:
• Meal plan template PDF

• Meal plan template EXCEL

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal PlanningMy hope is that this will be a great resource
 and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Bi-Weekly Meal Plan for March 30–April 12

Raspberry Crumble Bars GF

These grain-free Raspberry Crumble Bars highlight the sweet-n-tangy flavor of raspberries, although they’re absolutely delightful with your favorite fruit preserves of choice. This is just one of the many healthy whole food recipes featured in this week’s free meal plan.

Welcome to the new Whole Food Meal Plan format that makes it easier than ever to click-over to the recipes featured. That’s because, our new meal plan graphic opens into a convenient pdf that includes hyperlinks to each of the recipes.

Once opened, you can easily save this menu to your desktop for easy access anytime you need it. Then, simply click on the links within the meal planning pdf to gain instant access to the recipes featured.

In addition to our free weekly whole food meal plans, if you opt in as a subscriber to The Nourishing Home you’ll receive The Nourishing Home Weekly Newsletter which includes a  …

  • New Weekly Shopping List outlining all of the ingredients needed to make each dinner featured; as well as an awesome new
  • Prep Day Chart featuring helpful tips and recommendations for prep-ahead tasks that make putting meals together a snap during busy weeknights.

For details about the free meal plan extras for subscribers only, please visit The Nourishing Home.

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for March 30–April 5:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
March 30-April5 Meal Plan TNH

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for April 6–12:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
April 6-12 Meal Plan TNH

In addition to the two meal plans above, we’re pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans. Select from the following two options:
• Meal plan template PDF

• Meal plan template EXCEL

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal PlanningMy hope is that this will be a great resource
 and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for March 16–29

Roasted Chicken Chili (grain-free)

Featured Recipe: Roasted Chicken Chili is so easy and delicious it’s the perfect go-to meal for entertaining guests or simply enjoying with you family – cause seriously, who doesn’t love chili? Add a side of homemade GF cornbread and you’ll be the talk of the town!

Welcome to the new Whole Food Meal Plan format that makes it easier than ever to click-over to the recipes featured. That’s because, our new meal plan graphic opens into a convenient pdf that includes hyperlinks to each of the recipes.

Once opened, you can easily save this menu to your desktop for easy access anytime you need it. Then, simply click on the links within the meal planning pdf to gain instant access to the recipes featured.

In addition to our free weekly whole food meal plans, if you opt in as a subscriber to The Nourishing Home you’ll receive The Nourishing Home Weekly Newsletter which includes a  …

  • New Weekly Shopping List outlining all of the ingredients needed to make each dinner featured; as well as an awesome new
  • Prep Day Chart featuring helpful tips and recommendations for prep-ahead tasks that make putting meals together a snap during busy weeknights.

For details about the free meal plan extras for subscribers only, please visit The Nourishing Home.

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for March 16–22:

(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
March 16-22 Meal Plan TNH.jpg

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for March 23–29:

(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
March 23-29 Meal Plan TNH.jpg
In addition to the two meal plans above, we’re pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans. Select from the following two options:

• Meal plan template PDF

• Meal plan template EXCEL

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal PlanningMy hope is that this will be a great resource
 and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

8 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

It can be tricky to find ways to get kids to eat healthy especially if you have picky eaters.  With today’s convenience foods and easy fast meals, trying to get kids to desire healthy options can have it’s challenges. In our home it has been a gradual process.

8 ways to get kids to eat healthy

If I can encourage you or give you any advice it’s to take a step at at time, and just start somewhere.  One food at a time, one meal at a time. I also like to follow the 80/20 rule when thinking about feeding my family with the best healthy foods I can.  We try to eat 80 percent of our foods from home, with the best ingredients and in the best way we can.  There are times when avoiding sugary foods, and eating out is impossible, so we try to keep that to the 20 percent portion of our diet. This seems to be do-able for us all.

I have come up with these eight ways to get kids to eat healthy. Healthy eating has become a passion of mine as our family meals had to get an extreme makeover because of my ADHD boys.  Converting our family diet has made a huge difference in my boys’ ADHD behavior, and our overall health,  so I love sharing some of my tips to hopefully help others.

8 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

1. Let Kids Help with the Shopping

If you want kids to start eating healthy foods, let your kids help you with the shopping. Even if it takes a bit more time in the store, let the kids go with you and allow them to pick out fruits and veggies they can try.  You can make it a game and have them choose one new healthy option each week. When they get the freedom to help choose healthy foods, they are more likely to eat them.

2. Try Planting a Small Family Garden

Another fun idea is to plant a small family garden. We love getting our kids involved in gardening. Even if you only have a small area to work with, you can fill some large pots or do one raised bed with some veggies. Let kids enjoy every part of the growing process and the thrill of watching plants finally produce vegetables.

When kids spend time tending their garden, they’ll be proud of what they have grown and will be more likely to try eating the veggies they have grown themselves. There is nothing that beats the flavor of home-grown vegetables!

Kid with salad and tomato hat on his head, fake hair made of veg

3. Prepare Healthy Foods as a Family

Make meal preparation time an event for the whole family to get involved. Getting your kids involved in choosing and preparing meals will make them more interested in the foods they have helped to create. Start with foods they like, and show them how with some substitutions they can add in some healthy ingredients to their favorite foods.

Find tasks that the kids can help with, like washing, cutting, stirring and enjoy making healthy foods together. Use this time to teach kids about healthy food choices, and have a great bonding time as well. Beautiful Child  Asian African American Black Child Eats Salad I

4. Add Healthy Veggies to Foods Kids Love

You already know what foods your kids love, so to get them to start eating healthy foods, try adding veggies, and some whole grains to their favorite foods. If your kids like soup, trying adding a new veggie to the soup next time you serve it. Maybe your kids love spaghetti, and if they do, you can shred carrots or other veggies and add them to the sauce. Adding veggies to foods kids enjoy already is a great way to introduce them to new, healthy foods. Boy with grapes5. Trade Junk Food Favorites One For One

You can’t expect your kids to be too excited when you take away all the favorite junk foods they are used to, and give them nothing in return.  The way I converted my boys over was to buy or make a healthier option of something they liked a lot.  I am picky over healthy foods needing to taste as good as any other foods out there, if not better.  I think if you work on the taste of foods with good seasonings and eye appeal your kids will not feel deprived.  This has been the case for us anyway.

We have switched out chips, cookies, cereals, and all kinds of other foods to exchanges that were a better option.  This has been a winner way to go. We recently decided to go 100% gluten free in our house, so slowly I converted over all our bread, pasta, and even chocolate chip cookies, to gluten free options that my kids absolutely love.

This has taken some time, but now we will never go back!

fun food for kids on wooden background

6. Be Creative with Healthy Foods

A little creativity can go a long way when you’re trying to get your kids to eat healthy foods. Have fun with the healthy foods you serve to your kids. Come up with creative names for foods that will make kids giggle. Play some games with new foods and have your kids taste-test them while blindfolded and rate their favorite veggies and fruits.

Use veggie and fruit slices to make funny faces or cool shapes. Let kids have fun making cool things out of their veggies and fruits and the creativity will have them eating healthy foods in no time.

Funny child eating watermelon closeup

7. Look for Fun Songs and Shows that Promote Healthy Eating

Many kids’ shows and songs promote healthy eating, so you can use these to your advantage. Look for shows that talk about eating healthy fruits and veggies or songs that teach kids to make healthy food choice. A simple search online can help you find great songs and shows you can use to promote healthy eating in a fun way kids will enjoy.

Little girl playing with fresh mandarin fruits

8. Lead Your Kids By Example

This can be difficult, but a key component to making this conversion a success. Leading your kids by example is a major factor in your family kitchen experience. Your attitude about healthy food, making good choices, and being enthusiastic with your kids will make all the difference.

I hope these eight ways to get kids to eat healthy will set you on a new course.

And…For even more tips you can click over to my blog for a post I wrote: “How To Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Beg For More!

Here’s to happy healthy eating! ~Denise

ways to get kids to eat healthy

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