Create healthier meals for the whole family

You want your family to eat healthy, vitamin-rich dishes that will help them with weight management, but sometimes that can be a challenge. Children and adults alike often stray away from nutritious meals in favor of junk food, but luckily there are many ways to make healthy foods taste just as delicious as dishes that are filled with fat.

All it takes is a little creativity and the right mix of fruits and vegetables, and you can have a delicious meal that your entire family will happily devour.

Less cream, oil, sugar and fatFirst, Eating Well recommends that you make dishes that require heavy cream and butter, such as alfredo pasta and macaroni and cheese, with low-fat milk thickened with flour. Also, while olive oil is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it contains a fair amount of calories. So the next time you dress a salad, make a soup or go to sautee something, consider using slightly less oil.

Furthermore, the news source states that you can still eat fried foods, but you should bake them instead. For example, if you want onion rings, dip the vegetables into milk or egg, cover them in breadcrumbs, then add a little cooking spray. Then, simply pop the onions into the oven until they are crispy and enjoy your treat.

Also, when you're making cookies, cakes or other treats, you can easily cut the sugar that the recipe calls for in half. Simply add more vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to pump up the flavor.

Substitutions are key
There are also many simple ingredient substitutions that can make all the difference between a healthy or unhealthy dish. For example, when your family is craving bacon and eggs in the morning, the Mayo Clinic recommends you try turkey bacon or lean prosciutto.

Also, now that the winter is here, soup will probably become a regular part of your family's meals. In place of creamy soups, make ones that use fat-free milk, mashed potato flakes or pureed carrots, all of which can make delicious soups.

Furthermore, while salt is a key ingredient in many dishes, it doesn't have to be. You can simply look for herb-only spices mixes such as garlic powder, celery seed or onion flakes, which can deliver a ton of flavor without boosting your sodium.

You don't have to be a wiz in the kitchen to follow these simple steps to creating healthier meals.