I am a part of a lot of fitness groups on Facebook, and I hear a similar question posted every week followed by a similar response. The question is: how do I make healthy meals my husband will eat? And typically, there will be a few positive responses in there with actual advice, but the majority of women reply with a “he can make his own meal.”
I completely agree with that response. My husband is a very capable 31 year old man. If I don’t make him a meal he can very well fend for himself. He knows how to cook. Among some of his specialties are french toast and spaghetti. It’s fantastic. He is a great cook.
So then why do I cook EVERYTHING for him?
Simply, because I want to. There are so many reasons behind this decision. Firstly, I love cooking. Cooking for family is one way I show my love for them. Secondly, if I don’t he will replace a lot of his meals during the day with protein shakes & vending machine finds. Lastly, we are in this together. I want a partner in my diet goals and the easiest way to achieve that is to make all the foods I want to eat available to my husband as well.
Okay, so what’s the trick? How do I get him to eat healthy?
This one little tweak will not only make it so that you enjoy your meals more, but it will also get your husband on board! Here’s the trick: Men are easy. You just need to make sure the food doesn’t look or taste like diet food! Yep, it’s that simple.
How do I do that? Well. I do a couple of things. First, I analyze any new recipe and replace unhealthy items with our favorite healthy alternatives. And then I season like crazy! What makes everything taste better? Any spices you like and certain veggies like onions, garlic, bell peppers, and any other peppers are always a win, even lemon juice or lime juice! Get creative! For some inspiration, check out our spicy cauliflower rice! It really just kicks the traditional cauliflower rice up a notch (or two 😉 )
When trying to come up with recipes that are healthy and husband approved, brainstorm his favorites & then add in some of yours. My husband loves shrimp and I love pasta, so we have shrimp scampi on spaghetti squash. Scott loves Cajun fries from Five Guys, so I came up with some Cajun Zucchini Fries to go alongside our lettuce wrapped burgers. It’s a compromise. He likes Cajun and burgers, I like low carb lettuce wraps and a yummy veggie side.
There you have it. Think of favorite meals, sub in healthy alternatives, and make compromises. If you need more inspiration, every recipe on our blog is husband approved so don’t forget to check out our recipes page! We are always adding to it, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post!