Planning is Key to Dinner


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According to real age, if women take time to plan, cook and eat dinner, they’ll not only be healthier, but enjoy it.

This makes sense, not only just for women, but for men, too. If they take the time to shop for healthy, nutritious foods they enjoy, cook it how they enjoy and sit at the dinner table, they’ll feel better about shopping, cooking and eating healthy foods. Not only that, but they’ll lose weight, too.

 

When I started eating more vegetables, I started planning meals according to recipes I found desirable. My favorite recipe is Ratattouille. Eggplants always fascinated me and I had never even touched one before. I read and studied eggplant recipes, how-to prepare, fix and store them. The key is buying solid, firm eggplant. That means they’re less seedy (think low-class bar) and will be less bitter tasting. You can salt and sit them for awhile to draw out more of the bitter juices, but they all cook away in the recipes with spices anyway, I’ve found.

 

Include 4-8 ounces of protein (that can be beef steak, fish steak, tofu steak, etc) and you’ve got a feast!

 

An easy meal I’ve found also is a veggie stir fry with sliced and diced veggies and a protein. Easy to fix, easy to eat. Or, if I’m in a hurry, open a can of low-sodium/low-fat soup and throw in a box of frozen single-serve veggies. Tasty, filling and good for you.

 

Need more ideas? Check out Real Age’s New Year, New You center where you can get grocery lists, recipes, and track-your-progress tools for losing holiday pounds.

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