Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and stabilizing your mood.
 Your meal plan should combine meals and snacks to meet your daily food group targets.
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If you plan a week’s worth of meals, you can think about the various obstacles you might find that week in actually bringing your plans to fruition. You can plan a quick pasta salad on open house night, and healthy, veggie-packed sandwiches on baseball night.

It’s the last meal of the day and if you are lacking important nutrients in your diet that day, you have an opportunity to make up those nutrients in your evening meal. You don’t want your meal too heavy or you might not sleep well.

Dinner is probably the healthiest meal for most of us. We often overlook breakfast and eat lunch on the run, but for dinner, most of us take more time in planning and preparing how to eat a balanced, healthy dinner.

How do you make sure dinner is a balanced, nutrient-packed meal? We are more likely to spent time preparing dinner versus other daily meals, it’s also a meal that can easily get derailed.

What are some other tips for planning healthy dinners?

* If you must eat out, apply the golden rules for restaurant eating: Stay away from white or heavy sauces, order oil and vinegar to dress your salad, and eat only half the entrée, pack the rest and enjoy it for lunch the next day.

We are more likely to spent time preparing dinner versus other daily meals, it’s also a meal that can easily get derailed. Everyone gets a healthy meal and your children just might surprise you by actually eating some of the “adult” meal.

* Don’t cook separate meals for picky children. If you know that your salmon and sautéed spinach will also result in you making mini hot dogs and fries for the kids, you might rethink it, not having the time or energy to make two completely separate meals. Everyone gets a healthy meal and your children just might surprise you by actually eating some of the “adult” meal.

* On weeknights, stay away from involved meals. Think of things that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes, though it’s ideal to keep your meal prep to 30 minutes whenever possible.

* Do as much prep as you can ahead of time. If you’re planning grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner, say, then you can clean and slice your vegetables in the morning before you head out for the day.

It’s the last meal of the day and if you are lacking important nutrients in your diet that day, you have an opportunity to make up those nutrients in your evening meal. We are more likely to spent time preparing dinner versus other daily meals, it’s also a meal that can easily get derailed. Everyone gets a healthy meal and your children just might surprise you by actually eating some of the “adult” meal.

Everyone gets a healthy meal and your children just might surprise you by actually eating some of the “adult” meal.