7 Easy Tips for Healthier Meals

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Eating better doesn’t mean extra work for you each day. To change your mealtime habits, use these 7 easy tips to build healthier meals. 

Include soup or salad at dinnertime. This is an easy way to include more vegetables or beans in meals and is an easy reminder to watch serving sizes. Or choose a salad with protein as your main course. Some easy but delicious options include the Mango Curry Chicken Salad or the New Cobb Salad and White Bean Corn Chowder or Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

Top your pizza with vegetables. Mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers, and more. Veggie toppings are a flavorful addition to your pizza, making it an easy way to add variety to your meal. This Monterey Jack Pita Pizza uses whole-wheat pita bread instead of the usual pizza crust and uses veggies—and even fruit—like pineapple, onions, and parsley. Meanwhile, these Mini Naan Mix & Match Pizzas include options like cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell peppers, and olives. 

Enjoy foods from around the world. Focus on dishes that emphasize vegetables and lean meats, seafood, or beans. Our versions of Tandoori Chicken, Risotto, Mediterranean Shrimp, and Polenta are great options for the entire family. 

Try a wrap with fillings such as rice mixed with seafood, chicken, or vegetables. For a light meal, create a wrap like this Sirloin Pita Salad Sandwich–a pita filled with mixed greens and steak drizzled in yogurt dressing–or this Greek Chicken Wrap—a pita filled with chicken, tomato, feta cheese, and olives topped with a vinegary yogurt dressing. 

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Or add vegetables to your favorite sandwich. It’s easy to have a satisfying meal by adding vegetables to the most comforting food in existence—grilled cheese! This Portobello Grilled Cheese adds portobello mushrooms, sliced red bell peppers, and onion to its tasty crumbled blue cheese and Monterey Jack. This Herbed Ricotta and Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich combines roasted red onion, zucchini, and sundried tomato with ricotta cheese and Mozzarella. 

Prepare a smoothie made with fruit and yogurt. A smoothie can be a great option for a light meal or snack. The Nutty Cocoa Maca Smoothie blends milk, Greek yogurt, chocolate whey powder, nut butter, and a banana for a tasty, energizing sip. The Mango Protein Smoothie combines Greek yogurt and milk with mango, ginger, turmeric, and honey for a not-too-sweet drink. 

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Pack nonperishable snacks for life on the go. We have plenty of snacks you can make in advance, like these savory Cheese Wafers made from rice cereal, shredded cheese, and red pepper, or the Grand Slam Snack Mix made with whole-grain cereal, pretzel sticks, dried fruit, and cheese cubes. 

For more tasty options at mealtimes, check out our dairy recipes

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