How We Are Eating Better, Even in Busy Times
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
Rob really worries about eating well. Me, not so much, in all honesty. One of my favorite meals, fried chicken, was always a birthday request. Not baked chicken, FRIED chicken! And just about every meal was served up with mashed potatoes full of butter and milk and everything good.
But one day Rob caught on to the fact that every time we go to Sam’s Club I purchase butter. Now that may not seem like a huge deal, but he started to realize that I was regularly buying 4 POUNDS of butter at a time and he was a weensy bit concerned. Then for a while, Rob did almost all of the cooking. It turned out he enjoyed it, which was good, because he didn’t want to eat my unhealthy fare and I was irked and not gonna cook anyway :)
But we’re finding a common ground in that when I cook I’ll do my best to cook mostly healthy meals and that means turning some of my favorite dishes into something a little bit healthier. Instead of frying chicken I’m BAKING it and guess what? The world is still turning! I’m still getting a dinner I’m happy with but Rob is, too.
In my search for that place in between home cooking as I know it and the healthier fare Rob desires I’m finding some ways to eat better, sometimes in surprising ways.
The first thing is we’re buying good quality food. I’ve been a fan of Tyson® chicken products for a really long time. They taste great, cook up well and don’t break the bank, so they’ve been a staple of our diet for quite some time. What I didn’t realize was that specially marked Tyson chicken products use chickens raised with no antibiotics ever and they don’t add hormones or steroids, either, and that’s something Rob and I are happy to bring to our dinner table.
The first thing is we’re buying good quality food. I’ve been a fan of Tyson® Chicken for a really long time. It tastes great, cooks up well and doesn’t break the bank, so it’s been a staple of our diet for quite some time. What I didn’t realize was that Tyson Foods has been raising their chicken with no antibiotics ever. That’s right NEVER. And they are also not adding hormones or steroids.
You see, I’ve been tossing Tyson chicken products into my cart for so long that I don’t really look at the packaging anymore because it’s a brand I trust and always have. And why shouldn’t I? The people who make Tyson chicken products have been raising chickens since 1935 and Tyson chicken products have *100% natural ingredients (*minimally processed with no artificial ingredients). Knowing that, it’s just habit to grab what I need and go, and so I really didn’t realize that this was a thing, and I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to me.
Now do you want to hear a few of my better eating tips Rob and I have started to live by? Now some of these, I suppose, are common sense but maybe something we do will be helpful for your journey to better eating, even during these crazy busy times!
- We have started using smaller plates. With a smaller plate we pile up less food and ultimately eat less. It was hard to convince Rob to use smaller plates because he worried about still being hungry, but it never killed anybody having to dish up seconds if they want it (and the walk to the stove just might put you off another plate unless you really want it!)
- When we can bake it instead of frying it, we do. Figuring out how to make oven fried chicken (which just means baked) was a challenge, but there are so many recipes online to try that you’re sure to find just about anything your family loves baked, just as much as fried, with a little effort.
- When “oven frying” add paprika to your flour mixture to get a nice, golden crust every time!
- Eat every meal at the table. We have a tendency to not pay attention to our plates when we watch TV so we always eat at the dinner table. As an added bonus, I think it helps us better appreciate the food we are eating and the time that went into preparing it and thankfulness will never go out of style!
- Always serve dinner with fresh fruit. It never fails, after every meal I want something sweet. If there’s a cantaloupe cut up on the table, I’m going to reach for that rather than digging around in the pantry for cookies. My sweet tooth is sated and I’m happy either way, but fruit on the table is so much better for me!
- There are healthier recipes for mashed potatoes in books and online that limit (or eliminate altogether) the high calorie dairy. We sometimes replace the butter and cream with chicken broth for a tasty alternative with less fat and calories.
- Make meal plans and weekly shopping lists and stick to it. Some nights I make homemade cream sauce and pasta, which isn’t healthy at all, but it’s in the plan and we eat better during the rest of the week so we can have a cheat night or 2 each week!
- Serve dinner with lighter condiments, like mustard instead of mayo to help cut out some unnecessary calories and fat.
- Next time you’re at Sam’s Club, stock up on Tyson chicken products with no antibiotics ever! :)
Again, these might be small things and they might be things you’ve already heard of, but sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in eating better. I know that Rob and I are doing so much better these days, and I’m sure that you and your family can just as easily, too!