Fill up your Summer Season with Fruits and Vegetables

Summer is the perfect time to focus on eating plenty of delicious, ripe seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with disease defying vitamins, minerals and fiber.  An adequate intake is good for your skin, immune system, digestion, and will help ward off high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Often our lifestyle goals focus on what not to eat; what if we tried the opposite? How about increasing our produce intake?

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2 Foundational Principles for Defeating Childhood Obesity

Are you Worried that your Kids are Headed Toward Obesity … before they Grow Up?

We’re a culture obsessed with media-glorified body images and yet our lifestyles are mostly sedentary with a high caloric intake. We live in a contradiction that’s challenging to win.  The grocery check-out highlights our dilemma with these two messages: (1) Follow these recipes and indulge, and (2) look like these super-skinny models. Research shows our health is the loser. Both children and adults are experiencing an obesity epidemic. 30% of American children are overweight or obese [i] and 35.7% of adults are obese [ii]. On top of that, our self-esteem wanes as we don’t meet the size and shape expectations we’ve accepted.

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Healthy Snacking

Family Wellness | January 3, 2014 | By

boy_peeling_orangeDream Dinners has you eating homemade meals at dinner time, but we want to help you avoid ‘famished-overeating’ by incorporating healthy snacks into your diet.

Why healthy snacks?  Because sugary snacks make you crave more sugar causing your blood sugar levels to vacillate like a yoyo.  Low blood sugar makes you feel hungry and therefore eat more.  That’s why you can eat a muffin and feel so hungry in only a couple of hours.

Fiber, protein, and unsaturated oils will slow digestion and help keep your metabolism stable. Fiber rich foods include whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, and lentils. You can find protein in lean meats, fish, jerky, low fat cheeses, nuts, eggs, and beans. If you eat something sweet, pair it with these other food that will slow its digestion.

You can stop the yo-yoing cycle by wisely choosing healthy snacks. Here are some of favorites from our Dream Dinners Home Office staff.

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A Heart Healthy February

Our Company | February 1, 2013 | By

Mandarin Flank SteakFebruary is American Heart Health Month. Staying heart healthy can be challenging with all of the high calorie, high fat and salty foods readily available as mealtime solutions for you and your family. This month we have 7 heart healthy* dinners and 4 of those can be served in 30 minutes or less.

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New MyPlate icon helps families plan meals easier

The Federal government’s MyPlate icon was created to help everyday consumers think about eating healthier at dinner time. This icon provides a visual representation of what your dinner plate should look like in the way of protein, vegetables, dairy, fruits and grains.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom,

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Get motivated with a little help from your friends

If you want to lose weight or change your eating habits, let your family and friends know what you are doing, and be specific about how they can help you. Let them know how important, as well as how challenging, this is for you, and that you need their help.

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“…but Doc, I don’t add salt to my food!”

It is countless the number of times that I hear this or a similar response from patients when the topics of “low salt” or “heart healthy” diets arise during an office visit. The most common medical disease we associate with high dietary sodium intake is definitely hypertension and its been proven in studies that appropriate sodium restriction can reduce systolic blood pressure readings by an average of almost 11 points over time. So it comes as no surprise that the FDA announced this week that they are considering changing the guidelines and recommendations regarding sodium content in food products.

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5 Diabetes Superfoods

Our Company | April 27, 2010 | By

The typical western diet is lacking a group of key nutrients including: calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Here is a list of 5 foods you should incorporate into your diet with a low glycemic index and will help provide the key nutrients listed above.

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Convenience of grocery store frozen dinners could be costing your health

Our Company | April 20, 2010 | By

Frozen dinners from the grocery store often promise a quick solution for dinner. Some entrée’s are labeled healthy, most are not. However, if you take a closer look at the nutritional content of the dinner you are about to purchase you might surprised by the results.

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Kara Lee loses 161 pounds!

Our Company | March 30, 2010 | By

“Everyone that I talk to, I talk to them about the fact that I do Dream Dinners and that it is a great way to monitor and lose weight. At my biggest weight, I was 311 pounds and I now weigh 148. Since I’ve started Dream Dinners I have lost 161 pounds, but the best part is not only have I changed physically, I have changed emotionally. I have so many things that I am able to do that I wasn’t able to do before, like ride bikes and playing with my kids, I feel great. It’s a wonderful feeling and I think it brings your spirits up, then you feel like you can do anything. I think I have more confidence and I feel so much healthier. I feel like when I get out of bed in the morning, I feel wonderful. Before I felt so tired and just dragging and now I feel like I have all of this energy and can do so many things. I am so much healthier and a big part of it has been Dream Dinners in my life…

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