As brown rice is a wholegrain, it is one of the high fibre carbohydrate containing foods we should be including as part of a nutritious diet. The term ‘well balanced meal’ is no cliche but rather a simplified description of a meal that is nutritionally complete for the complex requirements of our fascinating bodies. The brain needs glucose supplied by unrefined carbs while the muscles need carbs for both fuel
Dinner is the best opportunity to enjoy a family meal. It is also the meal most likely to contain vegetables. Vegetables should be consumed daily and should fill half the dinner plate. This ensures and adequate intake of fibre rich, micronutrient dense vegetables while promoting portion control of meat and starch. The fibre found in vegetables improves digestion, promotes gut health and sustains fullness. This reduces the likelihood of snacking on energy dense foods after dinner such as chocolate or biscuits.
While fast foods are convenient, they are a poor substitute for a home cooked meal when it comes to nutrient value. Cooking at home can double up as a quality family time and should be valued as such. Eating well is a life long habit that can be passed on from parent to child. The easiest way to achieve this is by appropriate meal provision and example. Children are clever and intuitive but they do require role models when it comes to food. Be sure to promote healthy eating habits and food preferences.
Healthy eating does not need to be bland, boring or time consuming. Grab some inspiration here: