Dinner is a very important meal. This is the closing of your evening and also our favorite time to get cozy and overeat. It’s even harder to stay on track sometimes when you want to wait till your boyfriend gets home to eat, and that maybe not till 9p.m., or your friends are having happy hour after work and its 1/2 off all tapas. Not to mention the “time to relax” couple of glasses of wine. This is when you decide how much and what type of food you want to really have sitting in your belly right before bed. It never is a good idea to go to bed on a full stomach. After a heavy meal at the end of our night sends us into what I like to call a “food coma”. Where you literally pass out 15 min after you eat because you’ve just really outdone yourself . Oh and before you know it… look at that..It’s bedtime. It’s all too familiar. Now, I’ts ok to have those nights every once in a while, especially if you are consistently working out and staying active. I’m talking to, well, you know who you are, when it’s happens 3-4 days a wk.
Taking time to make healthier choices after 6:00p.m. could be what’s holding you back from reaching your goal weight. If you skip meals during the day, you set yourself up to make poor choices at dinner. You may inhale the first thing you come across, regardless of its calorie or nutrient content. Feeling starved on the way home also makes it hard to resist stopping at the drive through to scarf down a meal.Trust me we are all victims to this vicious cycle, but hopefully the following recipes for evening yummies are easy and satisfying enough to keep you on the right track. I love making dinner, especially if I can get it done and still have time to chill out , hang out with willy ,watch my favorite shows and read my favorite blogs:)
Making sure your dinner is balanced in terms of macronutrients will help you feel satisfied and less likely to snack after dinner. Include one serving of lean protein, such as 3 to 4 oz. lean beef, fish, beans or skinless chicken. Add 1/2-cup to 1-cup serving of a starch like whole grains or sweet potatoes. Include one or two servings of vegetables, preferably ones that contain a lot of fiber and water to help you feel full. Choose the cooking methods of roasting, baking, grilling, poaching and steaming to minimize the added fat.