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Real Family Food Challenge - Step Two - Support

13/01/2014 12:11 GMT | Updated 15/03/2014 09:59 GMT

Monday Motivator time! How did your Week One of the Real Family Food Challenge go? Is your store cupboard in tip top shape? If not, no worries. You can always do it this week. One step closer to healthy family eating!

Week Two: Put SUPPORTS in Place

The Tips:

Putting the supports in place will help you continue to eat and cook healthily.

Firstly, remember that mid week cooking does not have to be very difficult. Make sure you have the basic healthy cooking methods down and you'll be able whip up healthy meals in minutes. We're talking steaming, stir-frying and grilling.

Then take a look at your kitchen. If you haven't used a utensil in 6 months, store it in a separate cupboard.

Make sure you read up on what makes a balanced plate. Fruit and vegetables should form half of your main meal! We've put together a really fun video to show what a balanced plate should look like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wn35ENZwxs

Get support from people around you: whether it is the children laying the table, your partner doing the chopping or sharing cooking duties with your flatmates. It is always easier to stay on the straight and narrow when you have support!

The Tasks:

Why not try these tasks out this week and get one step closer to real family food!

1. Cook a dish using different cooking methods, making sure you get a fully balanced plate. A good dish to try is salmon fish cakes with carrot and cabbage - healthy, provides a balanced plate and will get you trying different techniques.

2. Make sure every main meal this week includes 50% vegetables and fruit.

3. Get a member of your household to help you cook dinner at least one evening this week.

The Help:

Follow me on Twitter or Facebook where I am going to be posting loads of tips and tricks to help you with your tasks this week. Don't forget to let me know how you're getting on.

Or read one of these helpful guides:

http://blog.siansplan.com/portion-control-made-easy/

http://blog.siansplan.com/35-must-have-kitchen-utensils/

http://www.wikihow.com/Let-Kids-Help-in-The-Kitchen

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Healthy-Cooking-Methods