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Dinner Dilemma Solved!

I am a big advocate for meal planning. Planning our meals ahead of time and preparing them at home is the surest way to consistently eat healthy, but I’m a realist too. Busy lives often interrupt our best laid plans, including our plans for a meal. And, it’s interrupted plans that can lead straight to the drive through meal, where healthy eating options can be hard to find. Dinner dilemma prevails.

But, what if you could deliver your very own “fast food” at home? Well, you can. And, you can make it healthy too. Mixing and matching a meal from healthy choices you stockpile at home can keep you eating healthy when your plans are disrupted, or when you just don’t feel like cooking. It’s a long range backup plan you can depend on, and it could not be easier. Here’s an example:

Mix and Match dinner Foundation:

Lean Protein (choose 2 to 4 servings)
1 ounce lean beef, chicken, turkey, pork or lamb
2 ounces tuna (packed in water)
1 egg
1 ounce cheese

Low carbohydrate vegetables (choose 1 to 2 servings)
Dark leafy greens
Canned vegetables no added salt
Frozen vegetable mixes without beans, corn or peas

Carbohydrates (choose 2 to 3 servings)
1 slice whole grain bread
1 tortilla
¾ cup dry cereal
1/3 cup pasta or rice
½ cup peas or corn
½ cup pinto, black or kidney beans
1 cup low fat milk
¾ cup yogurt (fat reduced)
17 grapes
1 medium apple, orange or pear
1 cup melon

Healthy Fats (choose 1 to 2 servings)
1 teaspoon mayo or tub margarine
10 peanuts
8 almonds
1/8 avocado
1 T salad dressing

Add your own healthy choices in each category. Change things around and serve breakfast foods or a sandwich and salad for dinner on some nights. Remember dinner does not need to be a gourmet five course meal, and planning for dinner doesn’t need to be a dilemma in your life anymore.

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