Have you ever wanted to make a really colorful, nutritious recipe you found on Pinterest for you and your significant other, and then as soon as you put it on the table your spouse has a hard time choking it down? Yeah, I have been there, too. My husband and I have been married for about 9 months now, and we share similar health habits, but he definitely turns his nose up to quinoa, tofu, chickpeas, avocado, and beets.
Today I am going to share some ideas on how to get your spouse involved in developing healthy habits with you.
- Shop Together
Weeks get busy really fast, but if you take some time during your weekend to go grocery shopping together, it can really make a difference in what healthful meals you can both agree on. Try to make a list beforehand and while you are shopping together, ask for your significant others opinion on produce, whole grains, and proteins. Don’t buy a bag of avocados if your spouse hates them! Lesson learned: it is hard to eat a whole bag of avocados by yourself before they go bad.
- Purchase Plants They Like
This is one thing I do all year round! My husband is very selective when it comes to fruit and literally will not eat it unless I sit it in front of him. Fruit is one thing I like to have on hand for snacks for a nice healthful energy boost to get you through the afternoon. For instance, Bobby likes strawberries, watermelon, and bananas. Even if they are not in season, I still buy them so he can grab a refreshing, fibrous snack versus a pack of cheese crackers.
Luckily, it is summer time so I can get his favorite (watermelon) frequently!
- Cook Together
What a fun way to spend date night! It is known that if a person helps in the cooking process of a meal that they will be more likely to enjoy it. Experiment with flavors, food, and spend some quality time together in the kitchen. Put your spouse to use in washing and chopping up fresh veggies for a stir fry, or cracking eggs for a breakfast veggie omelet. Getting involved in the cooking process can also help you make sure you are cooking things you both can enjoy.
- Incorporate Plants into Your Dishes
This is something we do a lot in my kitchen because sometimes you are just not in the mood for plain veggies on the side. There are many different opportunities to add plants to your meals. For example, when we make rice, I add 1 cup of riced cauliflower to 1 cup of cooked rice providing extra fiber and nutrients to the dish–and Bobby loves it! Let’s say your spouse only likes iceberg lettuce in salads. One option is to mix in some freshly chopped spinach to the iceberg to give more body, nutrition, and flavor to the salad.
- Presentation is Key
It is so easy to get in the habit of using paper plates-it is a faster cleanup! However, food looks way better on a pretty plate! Once the food is cooked, plate the entre and sides on your fine china and garnish with your favorite herb. It will be appealing to the eye and trigger your brain to be more satisfied with the meal. To add some more pizzazz during your mealtime, light a candle and dim the lights. The ambiance with make your at-home dining experience more enjoyable.
- Exercise Together
You know that one couple in the gym that are so stinking cute that it is almost nauseating? THAT COULD BE YOU! Working out together in the gym, at the park, or even in the home can be the encouragement you need to consistently stay on track. Do something you both can enjoy. Bobby and I go biking, hiking, and play tennis together a few times per week. Think about it: you are bonded by law to have a lifelong accountability partner. Embrace that bondage by getting sweaty together.
Challenge for the week: Choose at least one of these tips with your spouse to help one another live a better, healthier life!
Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN