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by Donna Gibson in Donna's Blogs
February 22, 2018

What happened to dinner? Have traditional dinners become a way of the past? Long days at work followed by after school sports, extra-curricular activities and life’s pressing obligations are affecting what lands on the dinner table at night, and what does not. As a working mom with two busy teenagers at home, I know the overwhelming feeling that can arise when a demanding schedule puts the nix on dinner expectations. Yes, I am a Nutritionist with all the tools and it still happens to me. We can only stretch ourselves so far at times, and we need not feel guilty that there is not a piping hot casserole at the ready.

Working with meal planning, I have seen many people turn to fast food, concession stands and whatever else may work to satisfy everyone’s hunger at the end of the day. I do believe there are practical solutions for preparing healthy options for dinner. Whether you are eating on the run during dinner time or having a quick meal at home that requires minimal energy, there are still healthy food options available to make and to eat.

Here’s a list of ideas for making dinner a reality. Your personal circumstances and preferences will determine what options may work for you.

  1. Start planning for the upcoming week on the weekend.
  2. Be realistic about how much time and energy you have to put into meals on a given night.
  3. Start using a slow-cooker.
  4. Grocery shop on the weekend, with a plan in place for meals at home and meals on the run.
  5. Prep foods ahead of time, and buy foods that will need minimal preparation.

Easy right? Not really, there are challenges involved. Within the steps listed above, we now need to be careful of what we buy, what the ingredients on the label mean, as well as the methods we use to cook, right down to the pots and pans we use to cook our food.

The most important thing we can do is to start thinking out of the box for dinner time. We live in a different time where meatloaf, real mashed potatoes and slow roasted carrots are not our everyday anymore. Not only are we in a different era, but our food supply has changed, and what used to be healthy may not be at all healthy for us now, and especially our children.

The solution? My first thought is to consider to why healthier food choices matter every day and for that matter, over the course of time.

You could also pick one of the steps above and give it a try. Find out what doesn’t work for you and cross it off the list. Find out what does work and start there.

An ongoing conversation I have with clients is the confusion they encounter trying to figure it all out on the internet. Chances are if you are reading this you know there are nutritionists out there that care and want to help. They can also dispel myths, clarify truths and answer questions you are left with after trying to sort through the information and opinions you will find.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are being called into question as well. New products with appealing claims hit the shelves daily, labels are changing, and new voices for the best way to eat make headlines every day.

To make life a bit easier, here is a hearty yet light recipe you can depend on for breakfast, lunch, or even a makeshift dinner. Every ingredient in this recipe is functional, meaning it serves a healthful purpose to your body.

We often have questions on products we would choose in our own homes. Feel free to click through the links to see what we consider quality choices and ingredients. You can also find it without links in the regular recipe section.

Healthy & Filling Fruit Bowl

We are building up the Recipe Section on our website, so please look to see if any of these recipes may be helpful to you.

If you like this or know of someone who might, please share it!

~Donna

 

 

 

 

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