Lifestyle Support for Healthier Living
Eat the most nutrient-dense foods first:
· Serve salad as the first course.
o There’s no rule stating we must have all the dishes served at once. Shake things up with your family by serving the meal in courses, like they do at restaurants.
o Prepare the salad in advance. Serve it first while the rest of the meal “finishes,” which allows your family to fill up first on the most nutrient-dense foods.
o “Finishing” can be as simple as letting your other side dishes have a little inactive cooling time when they come out of the oven so they will slice better (ex: vegetarian lasagnas, enchilada casseroles, etc.) Alternately, turn off the soup pot or undercook the vegetables and let sit covered while you eat your salad. Corn on the cob can be added to boiling water, covered, and taken off the warm burner to cook while you enjoy your salad course. Go back and add freshly chopped herbs to “finish” off whatever other dish/dishes you will be serving. NOTE: This does not mean that mother has to be hopping up and down from the table. Prepare dishes and garnish in advance, then let them wait until you are ready. Just don’t let them overcook!
o If the kids are hungry enough, they’ll even ask for seconds of salads, if it is served first. Otherwise, if they are anything like my kids, they leave it for last, and then, being stuffed from the more starchy meal items, many times never eat any salad at all. (I have been guilty of the same thing!) My husband’s famous quote is: “I’ll eat my salad later.”