The other day we had the TV on and all the discussion was the “best diets for 2016.” Coincidentally, yesterday the new Dietary Guidelines were also released. And, most importantly (please read with sarcasm), just the other day there was a lot of discussion about the “special” diet that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen follow. The question, then, is what the heck do you do to make smart eating decisions?
Of course this is the time of the year where most people resolve to do something … start exercise, start eating better, etc. Unfortunately these resolutions often lead to … well, back to square one when all is said and done.
At Mohr Results, we always suggest simple swaps … or even additions … when trying to make change.
Adding protein to breakfast.
Adding veggies at meals to help fill you up.
Starting each day with 16 oz of water.
The list can go on.
But here’s something else we suggest.
Make the freezer your ally in healthy eating
In today’s on-the-go society, planning for and preparing healthy meals is often put on the back burner. That can make healthy eating consistently a challenge. But one solution may lie in your own kitchen, as the freezer can be a true ally in healthy eating. A your freezer stocked with frozen foods, including prepared meals and produce, is an easy way to keep convenient, nutritious options on-hand.
In fact, when planning for some travel this month, we planned ahead and made duplicate of several meals to freeze the other portion for later. We’ve also stocked up on some quality frozen entrees to use when time is tight, our kids have after school events, etc. Best part – quality frozen meals can be much better for you than quick service restaurants, that are the usual “go to” option for busy families.
Frozen foods offer an extended keep time and can be thawed or reheated in minutes so they are ready to eat when you are. Frozen meals can do the leg work for you at meal time, and they pair easily with low-fat dairy, fruit and vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned) to create a delicious, balanced meals in no time.
In the freezer, we have Chicken Parm (prepped and ready for the oven), Veggie and Bean Soup that the girls loved and a few already prepared meals that are solid standby’s that we know the girls love.
First up, we have Stouffer’s Lasagna Italiano
We’re huge lasagna fans in the Mohr House. But it does take some time to prep and that’s not always in the cards. That’s why we have Stouffer’s Lasagna Italiano in the freezer. Then all we have to “work on” is the side salad and dinner is done! How nice to be able to spend more time with our kids playing or simply getting some more things done around the house, knowing a quality dinner is as easy as hitting preheat on the oven and in no time flat, dinner is done. The Stouffer’s brand provides a way for busy folks to enjoy delicious, classic meals – whether solo or cooking for a family.
What You Need to Know
Stock your freezer with frozen foods, which offer flexibility and easy storage: Busy, unpredictable schedules make it tough to plan ahead and find time to prepare healthy meals on a regular basis. Frozen entrées and produce offer extended keep time and are on-call when you need a quick, delicious meal option.
Create a balanced plate: Simplify mealtime by allowing frozen entrées to do the leg work for you. Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate program shows consumers how to pair frozen entrées with smart sides such as fruits and vegetables to create balanced, delicious meals. Just remember the equation: Frozen Entrée + Fruit & Vegetable = A Balanced Plate.
Perfect pairing example: One of my favorite pairings is Stouffer’s Lasagna Italiano paired with a side salad with fruit on top (spinach, grapes and balsamic vinaigrette).
Available in a variety of sizes: Stouffer’s offers classic family favorites available in a variety of sizes, offering a solution whether you’re cooking for one or an entire family.
Saves precious time: Did you know…3 frozen entrées per week means 4 hours to do other things that you enjoy like exercising or spending time with family.
Frozen provides a nutritional edge compared to quick service restaurants.Instead of turning to the fast food lane on busy days, look to frozen meals, which still provide the same convenience for less sodium, saturated fat and fewer calories.
Visit Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate website to access these free resources on how to balance your plate and maximize your budget: www.nestleusa.com/balance
Disclosure: I have partnered with Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate educational campaign. I have received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.
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