Clean Eating Tips For Dinner
Health is a very big trend these days, but aside from it being trend it is
very important to a sustainable life. Health is not just about eating, or working
out. It extends to the way we treat our bodies, mentally and physically.
So we should always get an ample amount of rest as rest is what gives us energy
to do any and everything throughout the day, including eating. It is imperative
that we eat enough food and not over or under do it. This begins with the most
important meal of the day , breakfast. Breakfast, is the most important and it
shall be eaten within the first hour of waking up everyday. This does not have to
be a heavy meal, it can be some fruit, oatmeal, granola, muffins, juice, milk, grains, cereal etc.
By eating a breakfast at the right time of day it sets you up for eating properly
throughout the day. For lunch I suggest eating, soups, sandwiches, and or
salads. ALso, eating very light snacks that aren't loaded with a bunch of
sodium, fat, and calories. You should think about dinner ahead of time so it's not so overwhelming trying to throw
something together last minute.
Here are some extra tips on dinner how to prep for dinner:
6oz. Protein (chicken, steak, ground meats, turkey, duck, pork, fish, seafood, lamb etc.)
4oz. Starch (rice, potato, polenta, pasta, quinoa, cous cous etc.)
2oz. Green vegetable (green beans, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, Swiss chard, Brussels
2oz. Non green vegetable (carrots, squash, mushrooms, cauliflower, parsnips, beets, turnips,
1oz. Sauce ( best to use the drippings from the pan of the protein you are cooking as it hold
a lot of flavor, very good for making Au jus, Demi's, and gravies)
Proteins can be sautéd, roasted, poached, braised, etc. Try to stay away from frying a lot,
once a week is recommended.
Starches can be cooked a number of ways, just take your pick and always venture out and
try something new.
Season only with salt and pepper (kosher salt is half the sodium of iodized salt by same weight).
Don't over cook vegetables, the more you cook them the more nutrients you lose out of them,
they should always retain a right appealing color.
Preferably blanch them in boiling salted water, until al dente, then shock them in a ice water
bath to stop the cooking process, Drain all of excess water and do a light sauté with oil or
butter and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Another big tip is to always switch things up and to cross utilize items, make use of left
overs into a new dish, don't get stuck on eating the same items together or even the sticking
with just one item all the time, eat a wide variety. Switching up the cooking technique makes
food more appealing as well.
After eating try to find an activity to burn some off the calories, do a brief excerise,
activity with the family or kids, take a walk or jog for 30 mins, play a sport etc.