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Break Out of Your Food Rut!

5 Ways to Make Happier Meals


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  • Good information. I tend to not have a plan for a meal until time to prepare it. I then enjoy finding and trying new mixtures and not always with a recipe.
  • Every now and then I just need to try something new - and my SPARK recipe box has a lot of choices I've not yet tried but found interesting. Sometimes a healthy mug muffin or cake, other times a new healthy brownie or some kind of cookie - this may seemed a lot focused on sweets, but that is something I don't always balance in my meal plan as well as I could. Other times, it is experimenting with a new-er veggie - this summer it was eggplant - I tried 3- 4 new recipes - and I happen to love eggplant and maybe even crave it!
  • When our kids were toddlers and I was a stay at home mom my husband used to come home for lunch every day. It was easy for me to get into a food rut. I felt like I was cooking all day and running out of new ideas quickly. I was young and busy! There are so many different meals to put together out there! I learned as I went along, but it's still not easy because now there are only two of us, and we can slip back into a food rut eating leftovers half the week.
    I look for interestin vegetable recipes.
  • I sometimes worry that being stuck in a food rut is keeping me nutritionally out of balance. Eating the same thing day after day may be overloading on some nutrients but skimping on others. But at the same time, being single, when I buy something, say a bunch of mixed greens, I have to keep eating them, because they just don't keep very long.
  • My biggest obsticle in planning meals is my schedule. I never know from one day to the next if I'm getting out early or late
  • I never knew there are so many kinds of pasta. Thanks for the information.
  • A great motivation article
  • I am getting into a rut so this s timely reminder to me.
  • I love cooking. Love it. But am having a difficult time with the dietary restrictions that I have that are complicated with the restriction of my boyfriend (I need a better word). Low fat, low sodium, diabetic, and the list goes on. I love trying to find recipes I can adapt.
    Working on mixing things up.
  • Lots of allergies so things I can't eat. I also don't taste. I am in a real food/menu rut. What I can do is use nice table linens, plan dinner by candlelight (even if its burgers) and have an occasional glass of wine to keep it festive.
  • I love to cook and I love to eat - probably part of the reason I got fat ha ha. I am in a planned food rut and love it! I know what to buy, it cooks easily, and I am losing weight. Hardest part was convincing my wife that I want the same things all the time. She always cooked her own, different, meals anyway. Works for me :)
  • At home, I load up on fruits and veggies and beans, etc. We're retired and my husband enjoys eating out frequently. At first, I was uncomfortable with menu's because I didn't want to jeapordize my healthy new eating habits. However, I've found many choices which are lower calorie options and I've found I can request non fat options on many dishes. Best part was, they were happy to prepare exactly what I wanted and even offered suggestions on nutritious options that I hadn't considered. I was happy to find such flexibility on the part of the restaurant and staff. Now, I look forward to eating out and eating healthy!

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