3 Ways to Revamp your Meals

I originally wrote this for IGA and you can see it here: http://igabetterchoices.com/general/three-ways-to-revamp-your-meals/

When’s the last time you stopped to think about exactly what you were eating and why? Most of us get into a rut when it comes to food choices, buying what we always do, making what we always make, and taking in the occasional unexpected food or beverage, when someone leaves cake or other food out in the break room at work. Stop the boredom! Here are three easy ways to shake things up and make better choices easier.

1. Take pictures of new favorite meals or foods. We’ve all been to a friend’s house or restaurant where we’ve been wow’d by a dish. We say we want the recipe or to try to recreate it at home—but then we forget. Smart phones make it simple to snap a photo of a new favorite. Start an album on Facebook for new food finds and you’ll always have access to the new taste thrills, and by posting an album, you may get other awesome suggestions from friends who love what you post, too.

2. Write on your recipes. Have a favorite recipe or cookbook? Write on it! Mark the page, highlight when you made the dish and who you were with when you did it. This helps jog memories when you come back to it even years later, and you’ll be able to remind those who were involved of the great time you had. Take a picture of the recipe, too, so it’s with you on your phone when you shop. This way, you know you’ll always remember the ingredients needed to make your favorite things.

3. Forget the rules. Meals don’t have to have 10 zillion ingredients or be fancy and elaborate to be nutritious, delicious, and appropriate for you and your loved ones. Mix plain Greek yogurt with seasonal fruit and whole grain granola. Make a salad with whatever vegetables you have on hand, then add leftover cooked meat or chicken, cheese, and/or beans, and use salsa for dressing. Make soup with reduced sodium broth or bouillon, frozen veggies, and noodles or rice. Sometimes the simple things made with ingredients you have on hand are more satisfying than something that takes hours to prepare.

Even the smallest things can make a difference—all you have to do is give them a try!