Healthy Dinner Recipes
In a world where convenience is king, it can be a struggle to eat healthy dinners. Adults and children alike are overwhelmed by the promise of the latest fast food burger or a boxed dinner that shortens the preparation time. The problem with this kind of food is that not only is it not the most healthy thing to eat, but it fosters repetition – where it can be easy to get into the habit of fixing something fast or heading to the closest golden arches.
It seems that we’re all trying to find healthy meals for our families. From trying to stay more fit to wanting a balanced meal plan, healthy dinner recipes don’t have to be boring. In fact, there is more to choose from than just salads, or a lean meat and a veggie. A healthy dinner doesn’t have to taste plain but can instead be something you and your family loves to eat.
With obesity at an all-time high, it is crucial to find that perfect balance. Food that not only is easy to prepare but is good for us too. And don’t forget tasty! Once you find that perfect trinity of flavor, convenience, and health benefits, then you’ve found something few others have.
The Rise and Fall of Healthy Eating
In the past, it seems that many people ate more healthy. Many had their own crops or gardens and even if they didn’t, they knew someone who did. Even those in larger cities who only had access to the market were able to get fresh produce, meats, and just about everything on the food pyramid. Schools taught about healthy eating and the family meal was an event.
Times changed and fast food was born. Sure, fast food restaurants have been around since the 20s. In the past though, fast food was something that was a treat – not a way of life. And fast food isn’t the only culprit. TV dinners were huge in the 60s. What you might not realize though is that the first TV dinner wasn’t made to make it convenient for us, Instead, the Swanson company had 260 tons of turkeys that were not sold for Thanksgiving and had to do something with them. The first TV dinner was created and within a year, they had sold over 10 million of them. Hey we get it, people love convenience. And these types of meals have a way of making us think that it is more affordable to eat with convenience. Can’t cook a whole meal? Just prepare a pre-made one. Don’t have the time to shop or prepare your food? Just run up to the closest fast food restaurant. The problem is that the meals aren’t typically the most healthy thing you or your family can eat.
There has been an overall shift from thinking of these types of food as a once-in-a-while thing to something that people eat often. In fact, on any given day in the United States, consumers eat at fast food establishments at a rate of almost 38 percent. If you think about it, that’s not too far off from saying that half of the US eats at a fast food restaurant every single day.
How Do We Fix It?
While we don’t claim to know how to fix America’s obsession with fast food, we do know one thing – taste and diversity are important factors in how we eat. The meal has to taste yummy and be different enough to not be boring or mundane.
The type of food we eat is not the only culprit. Changes in portion sizes, energy contents and nutrient profiles of fast food over the last 30 years have changed as well. Portions are bigger, yet the ingredients are not necessarily better. And the ingredients are integral too.
Many boxed dinners and fast food dinners are slam packed with processed food ingredients, sugars, salt, and trans fat. All of the convenience of using a boxed dinner or going to a fast-food drive-thru has taken its toll on our health.
Fixing the problem is paramount and one way to start is by fixing healthy meals that taste good. That may not sound simple for everyone but it can be.
The first thing to do is to use quality ingredients. Find fresh produce, use organic ingredients, skip the processed sugars, and use ingredients with a unique flavor profile. For example, Betsy only uses preservative-free, low in sugar, and non-GMO Project Verified ingredients in her nut and seed butters.
And speaking of our nut and seed butters, they allow you to create dinners that have that extra special something that is exciting and appeals to you and your family’s taste buds.
Choices Are Available
Betsy, a registered Dietitian, has put together a selection of entrées you can make for any midday or evening meal. Using her versatile nut and seed butters, these meals are flavorful and unique.
For instance, our Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter is perfect for livening up your favorite grilled chicken. It’s packed with bold flavors that will make your chicken stand out and be memorable. Even burgers, a favorite at fast food restaurants, have healthy options. Take for instance our Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burgers. This scrumptious dish combines craveable Asian ingredients into a healthy mushroom cap that tastes as good as any fast food joint offering. Seriously, if you’ve never had a mushroom burger then you are really missing out.
The point is, healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or devoid of taste. And while people are attuned to advertising that shouts out the benefits of a fast meal, those meals aren’t usually good for us. Instead, incorporate new types of meals into your family dinners. Once everyone tastes the explosions of flavor, they may just get onboard with skipping the boxed meals and fast food fare for something yummy, healthy, and easy to prepare at home with all-natural ingredients.
We guarantee that you’ll love these unique recipes with ingredients you can trust and flavors you’ll never forget.