Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. Some creative and convenient options, such as this BALCMT Sandwich or Baked Pita Crisps, can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal.
Simple, Healthy Snacks and Sandwiches
(Family Features) Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. You don’t have to eat bland foods to provide your family a healthy and hearty, nutrient-filled diet. Some creative and convenient options can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal.
Sandwiches, like this recipe for a BALCMT Sandwich, can be one of the easiest ways to incorporate grains, which deliver shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron and folate into your diet. Research from the Grain Foods Foundation shows about 95 percent of Americans do not meet dietary fiber intake recommendations. Whole grain foods, like bread, buns, rolls, pita and tortillas, can help supply your dietary fiber needs and aid in maintaining a healthy weight and lower cholesterol.
Additionally, enriched grains can play a key role in metabolism by helping the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates, and are also essential for a healthy nervous system, productivity and cognitive development. The vitamins and minerals in enriched grains like folic acid are also critical for reducing the incidence of some birth defects while also promoting cell function and tissue growth.
Some healthier ways to build a snack include using leaner meats and lower sodium cheeses for a sandwich or adding more vegetables to your overall snacking habits. Another nutritious option, Baked Pita Crisps accompanied by Southwest Bean Dip, can help you curb hunger without blowing past your daily calorie count.
Find more recipes and tips for quick and flavorful meals at grainfoodsfoundation.org.
Recipe courtesy of Franz Bakery on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Baked Pita Crisps
Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation
Southwest Bean Dip:
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Grain Foods Foundation
Give your meals a wake-up call because breakfast is no longer just for mornings. From weeknight family dinners to a quick lunch, you can make mealtime fun with breakfast recipes any time of day. Put a hearty spin on avocado toast or get creative with a protein-packed breakfast bowl.
Make Breakfast Time Anytime
(Family Features) Give your meals a wake-up call because breakfast is no longer just for mornings. From weeknight family dinners to a quick lunch, you can make mealtime fun with breakfast recipes any time of day.
Delicious, wholesome ingredients are the centerpiece of breakfast dishes, and hand-crafted Smithfield bacon, ham and sausage lends mouthwatering flavor to breakfast dishes you can enjoy all day, any day. Put a hearty spin on avocado toast or get creative with a protein-packed breakfast bowl.
Find more recipes you can enjoy morning, noon and night at Smithfield.com.
Breakfast Avocado Toast with Bacon and Ham
Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 4
Hearty Breakfast Bowl
Prep time: 10 minutes
To assemble: divide oatmeal, asparagus, berries, ham and bacon among four bowls. Place peeled, halved egg in each bowl and top with walnuts and pepitas.SOURCE:
Surimi allows you to skip the pricey sushi restaurant and instead create your own unique sushi at home. Try it for yourself with this recipe for Homemade California Roll Sushi Stacks.
Homemade Sushi is Easy with Surimi
(Family Features) Sushi is a popular choice for a night out with friends or a romantic date night, but good sushi can also break the bank. If you’re looking for a way to indulge your sushi cravings while sticking to your monthly budget, surimi seafood is a great alternative to raw seafood that you can prepare right at home.
Surimi is a fully cooked Japanese seafood ingredient, so it’s a great introduction for those new to sushi. Made from premium wild Alaskan Pollock – a highly-sustainable whitefish – and real snow crab, surimi is a good source of protein and is more cost effective than cuts of raw seafood.
It’s also an ideal ingredient for a variety of people: expectant mothers can indulge their sushi cravings anxiety-free and parents can introduce the nutritional benefits of seafood into their kids’ diets by hosting a family fun night crafting sushi together. Additionally, more young adults are now choosing to cook at home, but still have a penchant for customization. Surimi allows you to skip the pricey sushi restaurant and instead create your own unique sushi at home.
Made with Crab Delights by blogger Nicole Harris of Wonky Wonderful, you can enjoy these Homemade California Roll Sushi Stacks with friends, family or a date. You can see how the sushi stacks were formed in this video.
Find more delicious surimi seafood recipes at louiskemp.com.
Homemade California Roll Sushi Stacks
It’s little secret that eating more nutritious veggies is an essential element of healthier eating. Put a creative twist on your meals from breakfast through dinner with these tasty tips and recipes for Avocado Toast with Radish and Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole.
Give Your Diet a Veggie Boost
It's little secret that eating more nutritious veggies is an essential element of healthier eating. Fortunately, finding ways to boost the veggie content of your favorite dishes may be easier than you think.
Put a creative twist on your meals from breakfast through dinner with these tasty tips:
Get inspired with more ideas to up your veggie intake at sabra.com.
Avocado Toast with Radish and Cotija Cheese
Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole
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