Sure, eating well can be hard — family schedules are hectic and grab-and-go convenience food is readily available. The reason: An Australian study that measured the satiety index of 38 popular foods found that white spuds were not only more filling and satisfying than things like cookies and cake (no surprise there), they also ranked better than healthy picks like brown rice and oatmeal.
To counteract this, it’s essential to eat a good dinner which combines both protein (meat, eggs, lentils or beans) and carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, rice, vegetables and fruit) which will ensure a steady release of glucose to the blood stream – helping to prevent disturbed sleep.
In the 1990s, the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion created the Healthy Eating Index to measure how well American diets conform to recommended healthy eating patterns.” ( 4 ) A score of 100 meant following the federal recommendations to the letter while a score of 0 meant totally ignoring them.
The Healthy Eating Pyramid also addresses other aspects of a healthy lifestyle—exercise, weight control, vitamin D, and multivitamin supplements, and moderation in alcohol for people who drink—so it’s a useful tool for health professionals and health educators.
When you get home after a long day at work, it can be so tempting to grab takeout or heat up a frozen meal—but don’t even think about it. Instead of sacrificing your health for the sake of convenience, enjoy any one of these super-easy dinners that will be ready in no time and help you shed weight all month long.