Healthy Habits – Gear up for Grains and Cooking!

GrainsOkay, personally, I love the tips for March and April. I mean, who can resist encouraging people to cook more? Admittedly, there was a time when I ate out almost every meal. Besides the financial cost (which is staggering), you don’t realize how much more fat and sodium is in a restaurant meal in comparison to a home cooked one. The reasons are pretty simple, other than of course that fat and salt taste good (sorry, but they do!). A restaurant may use pre-made mixes and seasonings, full of sodium, MSG and a whole slew of unhealthy additives. Additionally, you may only use a teaspoon or so of oil at home to saute your veggies, but I can assure you, the restaurant is using a whole lot more. So, to combat this tasty, tasty enemy, we need to do more of our own cooking. Nothing complex or crazy, just simple, good, home-made meals. Yes, you can still eat out, I’m not banning you from your take-out menus, just try and keep things a little more in balance.

MarchCook More!
The third Healthy Habits is to cook at least 3 meals more per week than you are now, even if that means cooking breakfast or lunch. Try checking out some of the crock-pot meals that I posted a while back (check out the archives, dates 8/25 through 9/5) for ideas on how to prepare a great meal ahead of time.

AprilGo for Whole Grains!
The Canadian daily food guide says that an adult female (19-50 years old) needs 6-7 servings of Grain Products a day (8 for males). What does your intake look like? Try and add at least 3 servings of whole grains to your daily diet. See today’s recipe for Freekeh Chicken!

Tomorrow? May, June and July!