Just when you were finally settled into the freedom of summer, and the ability to exercise and eat right at your leisure, here comes a new school year. Whether you’re a parent or a student, you know that the change of schedule can wreak havoc on the eating habits of families. But this school year, you have the chance to start things off right.
With the healthy, fast recipes and tips below, you can prepare healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners with fresh ingredients. It’s even helpful for college students!
I love to cook…or to be more truthful, I love home cooked meals. As a dietitian, I feel that preparing a majority of my meals at home is a top “must do” to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, between the dog days of summer and my impeccable knack of picking out living establishments in which the kitchen seems to absorb heat, home cooked meals can become a daunting task.
So over the years I have experimented with different tricks of the trade to allow for my home “cooked” meals without sweating it out in the kitchen during the hotter months. Here are some fun tips to keep healthy this summer while staying cool.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. We are doing exactly what the name says, breaking a fast. Our metabolism comes to a screeching halt without having food in our bodies for 6-8 hours, depending on how long you sleep. The first thing you should do when you wake up is get that metabolism burning again. You will have more energy and feel better about yourself.
Eating food that looks and tastes good is just as important as it fitting within your dietary needs; after all, we use all our senses when we eat!
As Labor Day approaches and the end of summer nears, make the most of grilling season by adding more flavor to your favorite foods. When you add a marinade, rub, or glaze, your chicken or steak can go from good to great! Read on to find out what each of these flavor-enhancing techniques is and how to use them.
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