A Few Simple Tips and Recipes for Healthier Eating
About the Author
Rhonda is a Registered Dietitian who understands the challenges of eating well and staying healthy. She keeps it simple and focuses on moderation and variety as the essence of a healthful diet. Rhonda is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Before joining Paladina Health in 2018, she spent many years in private practice bringing her services to clients in their homes. Rhonda has a BA from Metropolitan State University of Denver and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Northern Colorado. She lives in southeast Denver with her partner and her dog and cat.
By Rhonda Filetti
Eating right is an important step in embracing a healthier lifestyle, and having nutritious, easy-to-prepare recipes on hand can inspire you in making smart food decisions without feeling deprived. As a registered dietitian and member of Paladina Health’s Population Health team, I have put together a few quick tips and delicious recipes that will hopefully resonate with you and your family.
Learning how to prepare healthier meals doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are my favorite three tips to get you started in the kitchen:
- Slow down. Taking a little extra time to prepare beautiful meals with intention can pay off in the long run. If we prepare simple food in a mindful manner, we eat more slowly and appreciate our efforts with each bite. This helps us feel more satisfied with less risk of overeating.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. Some of the recipes below might seem intimidating at first glance. For example, cooking with rice paper to prepare fresh, nutritent-rich spring rolls might be something you've never done before! Conquering new techniques and ingredients is sure to boost your confidence in the kitchen. You’ll be shocked to learn how easy and inexpensive spring rolls are to make.
- Use ingredients you love in unexpected ways. Take tortillas, for example. They don’t only have to be consumed as part of Mexican cuisine—they can add a fun twist in a variety of dishes. Plus, substituting flour tortillas with whole wheat tortillas is a great way to add fiber and nutrition to your diet and chances are you won’t be able to tell the difference!
These family-friendly recipes are surprisingly easy to prepare, so you and your loved ones can start eating healthier today!
Homemade Parmesan and Rosemary Popcorn is jam-packed with fiber and flavor. Munch on this 100% whole grain snack without the unnecessary unhealthy oils and salts found in store-bought varieties.
Roasted Chickpeas make a filling snack that are high in protein and fiber, leaving you feeling full for longer.
Fresh Spring Rolls are chock-full of vitamin-filled raw veggies and low-fat shrimp, giving you a healthy dose of dietary fiber and low-calorie protein.
Peanut Butter and Banana Pockets taste like a sweet treat for your little ones while providing the perfect balance of protein and high-fiber carbs. Swap out the peanut butter for almond or sunbutter for any allergy concerns.
Tuna Boats provide a heart-healthy dose of omega-3 fats and protein with plenty of flavor and crunch thanks to dijon mustard, cucumbers, and white beans.
Cheesecake in a Bowl tastes more decadent than it is thanks to a sweet blend of low-fat ricotta, antioxidant-laden honey, and vitamin C-rich strawberries.
I hope you enjoy these tips and recipes as much as I do and that I have been able to inspire you to add some simple, nutritious meals to your dietary line-up!