TIPS FOR MAKING DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS
Want to create better mealtimes for you and your family, but unsure where to start? We’ve got some simple tips and tricks to help boost nutrition and flavor in delicious, desirable dishes that your whole household will love. Try these easy techniques in your everyday meal routines:
Roasting, baking, grilling, steaming and poaching are great ways to cook your food and maintain full flavor without adding unnecessary calories.
With this Spinach & Almond-Crusted Chicken recipe you can bake the chicken instead of frying for delicious juicy chicken that everyone is bound to love. Not only does it taste delicious, but provides better-for-you good fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise.
USDA’s MyPlate recommends that you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. The more variety you add to your plate, the better! Each color offers different nutrients and creates an attractive and tasty dish.
There are tons of fruits and veggies that you can choose from when grilling up some delicious skewers such as bell peppers, zucchini and pineapple in these Cilantro-Lime Pineapple Chicken Skewers.
Beets and oranges are great options as well and can really liven up a salad like this Lentil Citrus Salad With Goat Cheese.
Limit portion size and maintain flavor by using smaller plates (like an appetizer or salad plate instead of entrée size). Try measuring out foods using measuring cups or a scale or you can even eyeball portions comparing to everyday objects. For example, 3 ounces of cooked chicken or meat is about the size of a deck of cards or 1 cup of cooked rice or pasta is about the size of a tennis ball.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that most Americans should consume less than 2,300mg of sodium per day. By reading the nutrition fact panels of foods, you can monitor your intake. Foods lower in sodium can still have plenty of flavor, especially with the help of a variety of spices, herbs and citrus. Check out this Moroccan Style Chicken with Barley recipe made with Knorr One Skillet Meals that is full of flavor!
Last, but not least, remember to consider your beverage choices too! You may get tired of drinking water with every meal, but if you’re sticking to soda or other sweetened beverages, you may be getting more sugar and calories than you need.
Try sipping Lipton® Unsweetened Iced Tea with your meals. It’s a refreshing, great-tasting drink that’s just as hydrating as water and has zero calories!