Cooking at home allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes your family consumes.  This is important to help you stay healthy by maintaining your weight and reducing risk of health problems suchs as diabetes and heart disease. 

Cooking meals at home also saves money, and can create an opportunity to teach your family members about healthy eating. 

It may seem overwhelming at first to know where to start.  Try to commit to cooking one healthy meal at home each week and build up from there. Healthy eating doesn't mean you have to change all your habits at once. Small changes can lead to building lifelong healthy habits. 

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  -Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  -Make half your grains whole grains.
  -Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy 
  -Vary your proteins focusing on lean meat, poultry, fish,eggs, beans and legumes
  -Watch your portions and eat just the right amount for you. 

 For more information, visit www.choosemyplate.gov

 






Here are some additional recipes to help inspire your meal planning:
Light and Creamy Pork Chops
Greek Frittata
Spiced Grapes
Lemon Strawberries with Cream
Pasta with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese
Tasty Tuna Salad
Ziti with Broccoli and White Beans
Red Wine Poached Chicken
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges


Web Resources for Recipe Ideas:

www.kp.org/nutrition

  • nutrition info, tools and recipes

www.brighamandwomens.org/healtheweightforwomen

  • women’s health focus, menus, weight control tips

www.eatright.org

  • healthy nutrition info from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

www.diabetes.org/recipes

  • recipes for diabetes

www.cookingforyourlife.org

  • recipes and cooking tips

www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

  • Recipes to help increase fruit and veggie intake

www.eatingwell.com

  • Healthy recipe collection

www.allrecipes.com

  • Healthy recipe collection

www.chefmd.com

  • Nutrition info and recipes by doctor/chef

www.dlife.com

  • Diabetes menus, tracking and information