What’s for dinner? It must be one of the most common questions asked. I asked my mum this everyday! Knowing what to prepare each night can be a chore. Making a nutritious evening meal doesn’t mean it needs to be chef standard or take hours to prepare but making one is likely to result in a healthier diet so let's take a look at how we get it together easily.
Cooking at home is worthwhile; people eat smaller portion sizes with more vegetables and less salt at home research shows. Think of it as more than just a meal, but a time to catch up with others in the household.
It's also an opportunity for role model eating behaviours to youngsters, trying new foods, choosing nutritious meals, preparing food.
When you cook yourself, you know what is in the food:
Planning the meal
Plan with vegetables in mind, rather the meat, i.e. instead of chicken for dinner try roasted vegetables, green tossed salad and chicken. A guide is to have between ⅓ - ½ of your plate vegetables, and ¼ - ⅓ protein and carbohydrate, depending on your individual needs. Some nights you might need more of one.
These think vegetables, one carbohydrate and a protein source.
Another bonus, it’s better for the budget eating at home more!
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