This New Year, set a realistic resolution to take time to sit down with your family and eat balanced meals together. A few simple solutions and a dash of inspiration are all you need to set the tone for a year of health and wellness.
Last year, Americans were only meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, protein, dairy and grain consumption one week out of the entire year. While many families try to cook nutritious meals at home, a balanced plate can be hard to achieve. Educational programs, such as NestlÈ's Balance Your Plate, make it simple to create delicious and balanced meals by pairing frozen prepared meals and pizzas with made-from-scratch side dishes, which makes meeting the dietary guidelines a more attainable goal.
Frozen entrees are a convenient starting point for a well-rounded meal.
"It's so important to me that we sit down as a family and have a nutritious meal," said Kim Stoegbauer, creative director and founder of The TomKat Studio, who created a few easy ways to add some special touches to your next family dinner.
By pairing Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat & Sauce, made with ingredients you would find in your own kitchen cupboard, with a homemade Panzanella Salad and Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Tomatoes and Balsamic, Stoegbauer demonstrates how easy it is to create a family-friendly meal without the hassle.
"It's a frozen entree that you can feel good about feeding your family, especially paired with some delicious and easy-to-prepare sides," Stoegbauer said.
Find more simple, delicious and well-balanced meal ideas to share with your family at nestleusa.com/nutrition/balance.