Between work, homework, sports and other school activities, it’s no surprise that preparing healthy meals falls to the bottom of many parents’ to-do lists. In her post, Integrative Dietitian Esther Blum, MS, RD, CDN, CNS writes that turning away from junk food and toward real food doesn’t have to be challenging. One of this mom’s tips for helping parents hit the reset button on their kids’ nutrition is to “keep Malaysian palm oil handy in your kitchen.”

Blum, the creator of Nutrition School for Families and a best-selling author, says we’re surrounded by opportunities to eat real food. “Yet we often choose to buy junk foods with ingredients whose names we can’t pronounce and serve them to our children. Then we scratch our heads and wonder why our children have mood swings and struggle to get their homework done. Or why they’re already struggling with being overweight and having insomnia at night.”

She offers these tips to bring more nutrition back into your family’s hectic schedule:

  • Eat a protein-rich breakfast.
  • Use a fiber boost to nourish the good probiotics in your gut.
  • If you must eat in the car, prepare healthy snacks such as fruit and veggies ahead of time.
  • Tart cherry juice mixed with sparkling water may help kids who can’t sleep.
  • Try smoothies for picky eaters.
  • Encourage children to help plan and prepare meals.
  • Use Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil for cooking.

Blum highlights Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil because it adds a creamy texture to food and is free of trans fats. “While using this sustainable oil for home cooking is a relatively new thing, it is catching on. Palm oil is heart-healthy and good brain food, and has a neutral flavor.” This makes it a great substitute for other partially hydrogenated oils you may already have in your pantry.

Palm oil is non-GMO and loaded with important vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene and vitamin E tocotrienols, qualities important to families trying to make healthier food choices. And its neutral flavor means you don’t have to worry about the picky eater at your table.

Take some of the stress out of cooking healthy meals at home by adding Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil to your kitchen. These Better-for-you Chicken Nuggets may be the perfect, kid-friendly place to start.

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