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Family nutrition suffers because of hectic schedules? Evening baseball games, piano lessons, homework, PTA meetings, soccer practice… the list goes on and on. But you don’t have to rely on fast food and pizza. Here are five easy and convenient ways to improve your family’s nutrition.
- Stock the pantry, fridge and freezer with healthy foods: Make sure you have plenty of pasta (blended whole grain and white), quick-cooking brown rice, lentils, low-sodium soups, canned tuna and beans, whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, dried fruit and nuts. Keep light cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, natural peanut butter, low-fat mayo, eggs, natural peanut butter, whole-wheat breads and English muffins, and plenty of fruits and veggies. Stock frozen fruits and veggies, chicken breast, lean hamburger, ground turkey, shrimp, salmon, turkey and veggie burgers, and frozen whole-grain waffles.
- Use convenience foods mixed with fresh foods: Add fresh veggies to canned soup or pasta, Use frozen dinners as a base, and add to them, serve with a large salad and a whole-grain roll, Buy a rotisserie chicken and pair it with quick-cooking brown rice and fresh or frozen vegetables.
- Make extra food and use your leftovers: With some creativity, you can turn them into tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Use leftover chicken in a salad for lunch, or add it to a canned vegetable soup for extra protein.
Put last night’s chili on a baked potato for tonight’s dinner. Add extra pasta to soup or a casserole, or make it into a pasta salad with leftover veggies and bottled olive oil-based dressing.
- Cook in bulk and freeze it for another day: When you have the time, make bigger batches of food and then freeze it in containers. Foods that lend well to this include: Lasagna, Meatballs, Casseroles, Chili, Homemade muffins or quick breads, Meatloaf, Soup or stew
- Think outside the box for dinner:Your evening meal doesn’t have to be meat and potatoes. Sometimes, breakfast-type foods can work as well. Try: Scrambled eggs or cheese & veggie omelets with whole-wheat toast & fruit, Frozen whole-grain waffles topped with yogurt and fruit, Natural yogurt (or cottage cheese) mixed with chopped fruit and nuts, Oatmeal made with skim milk and topped with sliced bananas and walnuts