Between work, keeping up an exercise routine, being social, and taking care of family and loved ones... figuring out what to eat can be another decision that you have to make that can be overwhelming.
Here are some tips to keep it simple with your food choices this week.
Pre-cooked grains/starches- Purchase pre-cooked grains like frozen brown rice, quinoa, or frozen bread.
Frozen fruits and vegetables- Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak. This means they still retain all of their nutrients. While they might not taste as delicious as fresh vegetables, they are great for times when you are extremely busy.
Pre-marinated proteins- Buying pre-seasoned proteins like tofu, chicken, or salmon can cut down on cooking time. When buying these products, check the nutrition label for sodium. Try to aim for products with a lower sodium content whenever possible.
Fermented foods- Pickled vegetables like sauerkraut, onions, and kimchi are a great addition to your shopping list. Not only do these have a prolonged shelf life but they add a ton of flavor to a meal. Use this on top of toast, in nourish bowls, and even in soups.
Use our plate method to ensure you are hitting all your bases when it comes to protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Having a rule of thumb can give you a sense of direction when it comes to meal planning. Additionally, having a rotation of 3-5 meals that you know you enjoy can make it even easier. Make sure to rotate out your fruits and vegetables to keep variety.
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Written by: Luciana Perasso, M.S, R.D.N
NextGeneration Nutrition Registered Dietitian
Jessica Mantell M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N.
CEO & Founder of NextGeneration Nutrition
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