As a dietitian, I’m always working to get my clients (and my friends and family!) to eat more vegetables. Many don’t realize the recommended daily serving size for fruits and vegetables is 10 servings per day. I know, double digits! It sounds like a lot, and it is, especially if you’re not a natural veggie-lover. But here’s what a serving really looks like:
The old saying is true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you choose to have your first meal at 6AM or 11AM, the first meal you ingest, and how you ingest it, sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you’re rushing out the door with a granola bar and a cup of coffee (and getting crumbs everywhere as you eat it on the way to work) how do you foresee that morning panning out? You’ll likely feel frazzled, unfocused, and ultimately less productive. But imagine taking just 10 extra minutes to prepare a delicious bowl of oatmeal or a sweet and creamy fruit smoothie? You’ll rev up your metabolism, your energy levels, and your focus so you’re off to a healthy and happy start to your day. Check out our 12 dietitian approved breakfasts you can make in under 10 minutes.
Nothing says festive and fun like a DIY (Do it Yourself) Taco Bar. It’s a great way to get your kiddos excited about veggies and helping out in the kitchen. Not to mention it’s super easy to do. Once you try it, it’s likely to become a weekly dinner tradition for your family to look forward to! Something as simple as a taco bar can plant a seed for a healthier mealtime routine.
On the surface granola bars look like a healthy snack. Loaded with oats and other brown crunchy ingredients, there’s no way these can’t be the perfect packaged snack, right? For a long time, that’s what I thought! In a rush? Grab a granola bar. Need a quick snack? Grab a granola bar! Want a healthy dessert? Hello, granola bar! It wasn’t until I was in college that I decided to take a closer look. Granola bars, while seemingly healthy, are actually candy bars in a crunchy disguise. They are usually loaded with sugar and filled with processed ingredients.
In our last post we gave you a few tips on how to create an easy and effortless weekly meal plan. This week we’re giving you some more tangible tools: two make-ahead meals, a complementary shopping list, and a step-by-step guide on how to prepare these ingredients ahead of time.
We recommend taking some time at the beginning of the week to chop and marinate (see our specific guidelines below) so you can prepare both of these recipes in a pinch. Each recipe serves 6-8 people so you can enjoy it with the whole family, or store the leftovers for later-in-the-week lunches.
This is the type of chili that satisfies every winter craving. It's hearty, savory, easy-to-make comfort food. If you served it at a party, your company would certainly not be disappointed. In fact, they'd probably ask you for the recipe and tell everyone they knew about "the time my friend made the most amazing chili... it had sweet potatoes in it!"