Simple ideas to make healthy eating easier


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When your family is transitioning back into a regular routine in the new year, it’s the perfect time to recommit to healthy eating habits throughout the day. Getting the whole family on board may be easier than you think – just keep the focus on flavor and fun. Keep it simple.

Cheeseburger Mac

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound lean ground turkey

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup mini sweet peppers, chopped

11/2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

11/2 cups water

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons tomato paste

11/2 cups whole-grain dry macaroni

1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

In large skillet over medium high heat, heat oil. Add turkey, onion and peppers. Cook 7-10 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through.

In small bowl, mix paprika, sugar, salt and chili powder. Add to turkey and stir. Add water, milk, tomato paste and pasta. Mix well. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and top with cheese.

Space Exploration Bento Box

1/2 cup red seedless grapes

1 whole-wheat sandwich round

2 slices low-sodium deli-sliced turkey

1 slice Swiss cheese

1/2 slice low-fat cheddar cheese

1 clementine, peeled and segmented

3 mini sweet peppers, sliced into rings

1 package freeze-dried fruit

Add grapes to bottom of large section of bento box to create space background. Place bottom of sandwich round on top, add turkey and sandwich round top.

Lay Swiss cheese on cutting board. Using small bowl or other round object, cut into circle. Place on top of sandwich to create moon.

Lay cheddar cheese on cutting board. Using small star cookie cutter, cut out stars. Add to space around moon.

Pair with clementine “crescent moons,” pepper “planet rings” and freeze-dried fruit.

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