My three older step-children have gone to their grandmother’s for the week which means meal-planning transitions from the thankless efforts of pleasing children set in their ways to a more diversified cuisine.  Last night was a meal of shrimp Po’boys with sliced avocado, seasoned plantain chips and a swiss chard salad with snap peas and roasted red peppers.   I’m beating myself up for not taking a picture!  Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this incredibly inspiring meal.  We subscribe to an organic meal delivery service three days a week every other week.  The meals are always unbelievably delicious and surprisingly original.  You won’t find recipes like these with a google search and I’m no Google queen, but I search recipes A LOT! These meal subscription companies seem to be the latest trend and are perfect for amateur chefs who aren’t sure where to start or even how to prepare “out of the box” ingredients.  Many of the ingredients are already prepared and most meals take 30-45 minutes at the most.

The best part from a dietitian’s perspective? Each plate is 50% vegetables, cooked or raw, 25% carbohydrate such as bread, rice, pasta or grain and 25% meat or vegetarian meat substitute.  This is the simplest way to eat healthy and lean!!!

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Prescription from a professional: eat a boiled egg with your morning toast, bagel or cereal for a meal that will last past 10 am.  Microwave some oatmeal and pair with fruit and yogurt for a good mix of whole grains with high-fiber fruit and protein-packed yogurt.  Choose a low-fat cheese stick with 3 whole-grain crackers for a snack.  Make vegetables your main focus at lunch and dinner instead of meat.

*something you may not know:  fiber, protein and fat are the three nutrients that make you feel full and satisfied.

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