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When shopping for food try not to go on an empty stomach, you are much more likely to buy on impulse when you are hungry.

Write a weekly menu, get out your cookbooks and browse for some new menus to intersperse with old favourites. For one week in advance write down what you are going to cook for dinner, then make a list of ingredients needed and take it with you to your supermarket. Your family will appreciate some change in their menu.
Try out new combination of salads, other than just lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes.

When my children were young, I had three only one year between each of them, I asked them to write to write their breakfast choice from a given menu, on a card and put it in a gold cardboard box I had attached to the fridge. They could choose between muesli, cereal or brown bread with butter and jam, their type of fruit and cocoa or milk. So, in the morning before school their breakfast was ready with what they themselves had chosen the night before. It worked beautifully, no complaints, no last minute rush, when they were dressed they came to the breakfast table and could eat their meal in peace.
Have some meat free meals once or twice a week. My family enjoyed freshly cooked thick milk rice with cinnamon and sugar and bowl of steamed or fresh fruit. Another favourite was pancakes made from grated raw potatoes serviced a bowl of apple sauce.

Fish is delicious just steamed for a few minutes and served with boiled rice or potatoes and a mixed salad. If you want to crumb it and shallow-fry buy a packet of Panko crumbs from your Asian food store, they are crunchy and give your fish a very hearty taste. Dry the filets, dip them in some beaten egg with some salt and pepper and then in the Panko crumbs, then immediately into the hot frypan with a little oil or ghee for about two or three minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the fish filets.

Try to avoid pre-prepared meals or packages, they all contain chemical ingredients that your bodies can do without because in the long-term they are harmful.

With a large family, explore the many ways you can use mince in various dishes other than just burgers: spaghetti bolognaise, meatloaf, stuffed cabbage rolls, shepherd’s pie, lasagna to mention just a few.

Buy fresh vegetables rather than tins, they are much healthier and tastier. If you have a juicer, make some fresh fruit/vegetable juice every morning. Drink the juice or a bowl of fresh fruit at least half an hour before you eat any other food. This way the fruit will cleanse your digestive tracts before it has to deal with other intake.

Switch from ‘dead’ white bread to wholegrain brown bread, it costs a little more but it is much more filling, more tasty and gives your body the needed fiber. Also you need to eat less of it.

Enjoy your shopping

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