Prepare for Spring Break: Tips from Chef

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This week’s menu was packed with healthy dishes by Marist’s own Chef Anthony. Chef’s idea for the menu was to focus it around identifiable, local and relatively easy to prepare dishes. He was also focused on not making the meal itself scream HEALTHY, joking that then no one would want to eat it!

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But spring break is approaching and for many people that means bathing suit season after a long winter, so fitness seems to be on everyone’s mind…

When designing a well-balanced and nutritious meal, Chef Anthony adheres to general guidelines that can be applied to daily eating:

Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foodsNo single food supplies all the nutrients you need, so mix and match.

Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetablesAnd don’t be afraid to get creative in how you incorporate them into your diet!

Control your portions Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards?

Eat regular mealsSkipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, which can result in overeating. So don’t be afraid to snack, just keep portions reasonable.

Reduce, don’t eliminate certain foodsYou don’t have to give up your favorite food if it’s high in fat, salt or sugar. Just moderate portions and how often you eat it.

Foods are not good or badSo don’t feel guilty for liking potato chips, apple pie or milkshakes.

Balance your food choices over timeMake sure you get all the foods you need in a reasonable a period of time.

The Valley Café always works to maintain its customer’s health, but enjoying healthy meals every day best starts with your habits!

What other successful healthy eating tips do you have??

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