Healthy Dinners

Romantic cookingIn today’s world, dinner at the table is a rare thing saved for special occasions. Between work, family commitments, and over scheduled evenings we often find it easier to just pick something up on the way to the home supplies directory. Yet a healthy dinner can be less stressful and quicker than the drive-thru with a small amount of planning. By prepping your vegetables when you purchase them you can down preparation time. Plan your meals the day before so you can also make sure you have all the ingredients on hand.

A heart healthy diet is important for lowering cholesterol, reducing the chance of coronary disease, and lowering blood pressure. When preparing meals at home focus on the good fats. Olive oil and canola oil are low in trans fats and much better to cook with than vegetable oil or shortening. Focus on lean protein sources such as poultry and fish, and use non fat and low fat dairy products. Think of meat as a condiment or a side dish and not the main course. An easy way to cut fat from your diet is to have one or two vegetarian meals a week.

A quick healthy dinner can consist of mixed vegetables and a small portion of chicken stir-fried in canola oil and served over brown rice. Whole grain pasta prepared with low sodium spaghetti sauce with a salad on the side only takes a few minutes to prepare. When choosing condiments such as ketchup or soy sauce, low sodium choices are available and will help you lower your salt intake without giving up the foods you love.

A healthy dinner can be prepared in twenty minutes, about the same amount of time it would take to pick something up. The recipe for heart health has two important ingredients- low sodium and low fat. By concentrating on vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins you can adapt your favorite recipes to fit a healthier lifestyle.