Whats for dinner?
Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Amanda Wilson is a student who has a passion for helping others and is now committed to helping herself. She enjoys spending time with her pup, Gia, being with family and friends and traveling. Contact Amanda here.
When I began to seriously focus on consistently making better food choices I was faced with the question of whats for dinner? a lot more. The days of creating a meal of calorie laden comfort foods, going through the nearest drive-thru, or snacking until content were over. I had to rethink my food choices and create new tactics.Initially I defaulted to what I knew without question was healthy meal options. For me that meant chicken and green leafy vegetables became staple items. This is not a bad thing at all, but an issue that I usually run in to is that I get bored with food. Eating the same thing day after day gets old and can make it hard to stick with your goals because you feel deprived.Creating a new way of eating and exploring in the kitchen has been a fun process. I have found different foods that I like and learned new ways to prepare dishes. Here are a few tips that have helped me along the way:1. Try something new. Chances are there is at least one kind of vegetable or fruit you havent tried before. Next time youre grocery shopping throw one of them in your basket.2. Research! The internet is your friend, and has a load of new recipes and ideas to offer. Ask friends, join a message board, or browse health/fitness blogs.3. Embrace variety. Remember the food pyramid? There are more than two groups of food. Try to strive for balance, and you will likely be more satisfied and benefit nutritionally as well.4. Play in your kitchen. Let me warn you that this may not always end in success, but combining ingredients and making up your own food dishes can be fun. If youre lucky the result could end up being the most delicious meal you have ever had!5. Spice it up. Take advantage of the array of seasonings, spices, and marinades available. As long as you are being mindful of sodium content this could be the extra kick that your food and taste buds need.
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