Healthy eating - Smart small steps
Four nutritious suggestions for the new year
Served up in moderate portions by Karen Koeppe, Packard Health Registered Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Make a "Veg-Out" bag
Keep it front & center in the fridge
Fill a gallon-size self-seal baggie with strips of bell peppers (green/red/orange), grape or cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower florets, cuke coins, sugar snap peas - whatever looks good. Make a big batch as soon as you get home from the store. It'll be ready and waiting when the urge to snack strikes.
- Work a serving of fruit into every breakfast
4-oz calcium-fortified orange juice, raisins or snipped dried apricots/dates in a bowl of oatmeal, or a "portable" banana or clementine as you dash out the door.
- Cook BIG batches of whole grains and beans
Prep is almost effortless and they keep up to a week in the fridge, making day-to-day cooking a breeze.
- Observe Meatless Mondays
Here's Karen's scrumptious recipe for Sweet Potato Enchiladas to get us going.