Smart Cooking – Minimal Prep

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Going back to school in the era of COVID-19 has it’s unique set of challenges, Don’t let healthy eating become one of them. It is easy to get cooking fatigue, but the good news is you do not have to work like a trojan in the kitchen to eat healthy and keep your immune system boosted. If you choose the right ingredients, it is super simple to pull together a nutritious dish with little effort.

Tips to Stay on Track:

  • Divide Your Plate. Fill up at least half your plate with produce (fruits and vegetables) and one-fourth of whole grains (if not gluten sensitive), and one-forth of protein.
  • Focus On Whole Foods. Avoid canned soups and frozen meals.
  • Aim For A Wide Range of Foods. Why should you care to eat a variety? Keep building up your microbiome (aka your gut flora) so you can continue to boost your immunity.
  • Microwave Use. If you are going to use your microwave, use it on low heat never on high to avoid denaturing your food. Opt to warm your food up on the stove as often as possible.
  • Season Without Salt. Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor, without adding sodium. You can also use lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar to enhance the flavors of your meal.
  • Always Include Protein. Grass fed meats and wild caught fish are the healthiest options. If you are a vegetarian, beans is your best source of protein.

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