Simple Meal Planning

by karen on April 20, 2020

Take control of the little things.

First, we hope you’ve all been well since our last post. We may not be able to control the world around us right now, but we can take small steps for progressing our health and happiness in uncertain times. As many of us struggle to stock our kitchens with our typical grocery options, we’d like to offer a few Nutrition Connection Quick Tips on putting together a balanced plate, no matter what you have at home.

Simple Meal Planning

With many of our fridges and pantries running low, it is still as important as ever to ensure our meals contain balanced nutrition. Here are our 3 top tips for putting together a healthy plate, even if you’re running low on ingredients.

  1. Aim to include a serving of fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, and dairy (or healthy dairy alternative) in each meal. This can be a challenge, but including at least 3 of the 5 can keep you fuller longer and balance your plate—more food groups equate to better nutrition.
  2. If you are lacking your usual staples, use your creativity and what you have on-hand to craft a new dish. Utilize this recipe formulator in app or on the web to whip up something delicious with any combination of ingredients!
  3. Remember it’s okay to have dinner for breakfast. If you’re going to all the work of cooking balanced meals, make a little extra and save leftovers for a second meal. For example, leftover dinner protein like steak can be a nice addition to your breakfast eggs, so let yourself bend the rules of foods only being “allowed” at a certain time of day.
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Karen Fisher, MS, RD, LDN, CDE is a dietitian in Reno, Nevada, happily promoting the benefits of healthy foods at her nutrition consulting firm, Nutrition Connection. Find her website at

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