I know that food budgeting can be difficult, but part of staying on budget and feeding your family healthy meals is to know you families eating habits and just how much each person eats.
Food Budgeting: Know Your Families Eating Habits
What do I mean by this? Well have you ever really observed your families eating habits? How much does each person “typically” eat in a day?
- How much Fruit
- How much Vegetables
- How much Dairy (cheese, eggs, milk, etc.)
- How much protein (meat)
- How much snack food
This may sound a little overboard but you really need to know what the intake of your family is.
Then you need to decide if it is in keeping with each member’s nutritional needs. For example an adult obviously eats way more than a small child.
Another reason it’s great to break things down, is to take a good look at just what your family is really eating. Let’s get honest with ourselves here..sometimes it’s hard to see just what we are consuming as a family. We just keep buying and buying and wonder “where does all that food go!?”
Food portioning shows us just how much we should be eating of what kinds of foods, but first we need to take a realistic view of what everyone is already eating…and how much.
Use the following worksheet for a couple of days as you observe your family.
This is not meant to be a super strict guideline. The reasons for taking a good look at this area are as follows:
- You may be overbuying food for a child – trying to feed them an adult portion.
- To make sure we are serving all food categories throughout the day for a healthy balance and to make sure our families get the proper nutrition to keep them healthy.
- Sometimes we just plain forget what our bodies really “need”.
“I learned to use the term wants vs. needs in the kitchen…. Something I did only with clothing, trips, and household. It took a little time to figure out the difference between wants and needs in the kitchen, but God was faithful to show us.
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