Week 9- This Week I am Asking for Your Help!

by Bethany Vessey, Registered Dietitian on February 28, 2013

For this next challenge I am asking for your help!

I have decided that I am going to go back to work next week. Now before all you mom’s out there get ready to lecture me about going back too soon, when I say go back I mean only about 10 hours/week. To make this possible however, I know I need to get organized. This week I have done about 5 hours and I realized quickly what I need to help make this transition back to work possible.

What I am looking for is healthy recipe ideas for meals that make leftovers!!!!

Over the past 7 years of working with numerous groups and individuals on their nutrition goals, one of the largest determinants of success has consistently been “being preprepared”! Those who adopted the reality that making large portion items 2-3 times/week and packaging the leftovers for later meals, were always the most successful at achieving their nutrition goals.

The reality is being preprepared is one of the major factors in our daily lives that is missing when our nutrition is not at the forefront. When we are busy most of us are typically relying on convenience foods; prepackaged, high fat, salt, and sugar, options that not only leave us feeling unsatisfied and lethargic but also disappointed that we are choosing foods that we all know are not good for us and our families.

I completely respect that being preprepared is not as easy as it sounds. If it was we would all be doing it and the processed food market would not be a billion dollar industry. As a Registered Dietitian, along with making sure my clients eat a balance diet that meets their individual needs, the other huge piece of what I do for my clients help they adopt the very import lifestyle habit of being preprepared!  For my clients I develop a 7-day meal plan, a grocery list and provide recipes.

Starting this transition on your own can be a lot of work. You would have to find recipes that you think you and your family will enjoy and are healthy, which is sometimes hard to know; you would want to make sure the recipe will make leftovers and also that the leftovers keep well; you would need to plan ahead your grocery list so that you can be sure you have all the items on hand you need to make the dish; and then you would need to find the time to make the meal! As much work as this sounds it can be the make it or break it factor when it comes to your nutrition goals. If you can buckle down and make the transition from eating processed foods to eating real foods the changes you will notice not only in your energy but also in your goals will be very rewarding!

To help each of you, along with myself, with this transition I thought lets help each other by sharing our favorite healthy recipes that make great leftovers. This way we can cut out the “I wonder if this recipe is healthy and will taste good and if it makes good leftovers”, question as they will be recipes that have tried and tested.

Therefore this weeks official challenge is:

“Make and submit to either our facebook page or this blog, at least 1 healthy recipe that makes great leftovers.”

Good luck on this weeks challenge! I am looking forward to getting some new recipes. Be sure to check back throughout the week as I will be posting some of my favorite recipes!

Bye bye for now!

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