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November 3, 2013

Pre-prep healthy food options

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Try cooking in batches, as well, so that you may use leftovers for a future meal or snack. A crock pot can be useful for this, too.

Utilize your freezer to store cooked meats. Keep in mind that fruit and vegetable textures are altered once they are frozen, then thawed. However, frozen fruits and vegetables are ideal for making smoothies and soups or casseroles.

A busy life often can resort one to choose “grab and go” foods. While many restaurants are jumping on board to offer more healthful menu items, you have to hold yourself accountable to choose these options more often and to think ahead of what you can choose when you find yourself in situations where fast food may seem to be the only option.

Fries can be substituted by fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, chili or salad with dressing on the side. Aim to order baked or grilled items instead of fried. Also, make an effort to have water bottles on hand.

Remember that soft drinks, sweet teas and milkshakes are liquid calories and sugar.

You may not eat perfectly 100 percent of the time, but even with a busy life, you can aim to choose more healthful options more often.

For nutritional counseling, the Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.

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