Say no to the drive-thru. Make weeknight meals a breeze by having everything you need already in your kitchen.
It's 7 p.m. on a Wednesday. You're running late from work and the kids are just getting home from after-school activities. Everyone is hungry. But, when you open the fridge, it's mostly empty. The cupboards are bare and the freezer leaves a lot to be desired. You reach for the phone and call the pizza joint you have on speed dial.
This scenario is common. American families often have no stay-at-home parent, leaving the cooking up to fast food and take-out restaurants. Keep healthy meals on the table by stocking your kitchen with these nutritious foods:
- Skinless chicken breast – use fresh or frozen
- Frozen vegetables – cut back on the sodium found in the canned version
- Whole grain breads – you can keep an extra loaf in the freezer
- Low-sodium soups – the ultimate fast food
- Brown rice – plays many roles as a side dish or main component in a casserole
- Bagged salad – a simple and easy way to add vegetables
- Crudités – buy these vegetables pre-cut or slice at home for healthy snacks or side dishes
- Fresh fruit – use what is in season, like watermelon in summer and apples in the fall
- Whole grain pasta – easy to store and has a long shelf-life
- Canned tuna or salmon – add to salads or make dinnertime sandwiches for extra protein
If you want to learn more about eating a balanced diet, visit our online health library. To have your health questions answered or for a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122.