Daily Mealtime Madness
Start planning meals ahead of
time for your family to eat better, have more enjoyable laid-back meals
together and to save some time and money.
meat will taste great when combined with peppers, onions, other
vegetables and spices in fajitas, tortillas, stir-fry, sandwiches or
just served on a fresh cooked rice or pasta.
can get pretty busy and sometimes is very hard to organize daily busy
schedules and prepare meals for the whole family. Preparing
meals ahead of time, will allow you to eat what is
you and your family, instead of eating what's convenient.
Make a meal plan for
the whole week (or two weeks) and avoid becoming a short-order cook in
acceptable quality nutritious meals that will appeal to the
majority and refuse daily catering to everyone's likes and dislikes.
Ask your family to help you with meal ideas and try some new recipe
every couple of weeks to keep mealtime interesting. It is amazing what
foods your family will try if they have been involved in meal planning
Get family members involved in meal preparation and enjoy quality time
with your family. If kids are included, determine age-appropriate
involvement in the meal preparation and let them help you out. They
will learn an important life skill, you will have a chance to get
updated on the news of the day and whole family will have fun.
to limit grocery
shopping to once a week and keep well stocked pantry. You will be
amazed at how much time and money you can save if you can avoid dashing
into the grocery store every day or on the way home from work.
Packaged pasta, rice, healthy whole grains, noodle and potato side
dishes are fast and easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to
simple grilled meats, fish or vegetables.
Cook once and eat at least twice. Store extras in freezer or
refrigerate. Keep in mind that leftovers should be used within three
days, depends on the type of food.
When you are making
stew, casserole, lasagna, pasta sauce or any other
dish you enjoy, always make enough for at least two meals. Extra meals
in the refrigerator or freezer are time savers and money in the bank.
kids are usually starving when they get home. For them
try to serve part of supper before supper. Your kids can munch on raw
fruit or veggies while supper is being made. This will keep them
occupied and will provide good nutrients at the same time.
of the most pleasurable things about eating is sharing food with people
you love. Try to eat together
as a family as often as possible. Studies show that
families who eat together, enjoy meal time and eat
better. So, eat together, eat well and live well.
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our food portions at home and restaurants have grown significantly in
the past thirty years. With constant food advertising and large
portions all around us, it's never been more important to take full
control and responsibility in achieving and maintaining a healthy
Try to start with smaller portion, then take additional food, if
Try to choose a restaurant with healthier food options. Order an
appetizer size portions or take half of your food home to help control
your food portions.
Take some time to enjoy your meal and company at the time and pay
attention to the taste and texture of your food.
Listen to your body, it will give you signals for hunger and fullness
if you listen carefully.
Read the labels of packaged foods. Keep in mind that the
nutrients provided are for one serving only. So, if you eat twice that
amount, don't forget to multiply by two.
Always do visual check before you start eating.
One serving of meat or fish should be the size of a deck of cards.
One serving of vegetable or fruit should be the size of a small fist.
One serving of pasta or rice should be the size of a tennis ball.
One serving of cheese should be the size of your thumb.
Prepare healthy snacks or portable meals to help you going throughout
Diced fruit, vegetables, nuts and yogurt are great choice.