Tonawanda News


September 22, 2013

APRONS READY: Healthy slow-cooker meals can save time

Tonawanda News — Back-to-school time is a great time to restart your new year’s resolution. Did you keep it going during the summer months? Or did it stop back in March?  

Many of us made the resolution to be healthier this year. Don’t give up on that resolution. Look for new ways to try to be healthy. If you have children, I know you are filling your schedule with all the after-school activities that they have. Take the time to schedule in time for yourself. This is time for you to exercise, read a book or start a new hobby. 

I had a great laugh when I read the headline “Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit.’ “ 

The article talked about the students being hungry at school because they did not have enough to eat during lunch. All laughs aside, children being hungry at school is something that needs to be looked into. 

Permanent diet changes take time if you want them to last a lifetime. You need to make small changes over the course of a few weeks or months. If you currently eat a diet consisting of processed, fried food with lots of sodium it will take a few months before you are able to appreciate and enjoy the taste of unprocessed lean cuts of meat and fresh vegetables. 

Steamed or boiled vegetables can be very bland but vegetables roasted with olive oil and spices are delicious. It takes time to adjust and making changes at home can help, too.

If your children are very hungry when they get home from school, healthy snacks or an early dinner can satisfy their hunger. Instead of microwaving pizza rolls or nuggets for an after-school snack, why not have dinner ready for them when they walk in the door? 

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