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Busy Back-to-School Life? 3 Tips to Make Dinner Easy

By Virginia Laird

As the time to go back to school quickly arrives, so does a fast-paced lifestyle. Staying busy can be fun for everyone, but it can also prove to be a burden for the one who prepares dinner. Research suggests that those who work and have an active family life may be more likely to rely on fast food to feed their family. Health and wellness experts have offered a few suggestions to help keep your family eating healthy while heading back to school including:

  • Don't be afraid to eat light for dinner
  • Make the crockpot your friend
  • Spend time making meals for the freezer

Don't Be Afraid to Eat Light for Dinner

Although dinner may sound like a meal that needs to be more complex than the rest of your daily food consumption, this is not the case. Rather than pulling into the first drive-thru you see on your way home from work or practice, it may be wise to make dinner light. Health and wellness experts suggest that, where necessary, there is nothing wrong with planning a lighter dinner. At times it may be as simple as a sandwich. This can be healthier than the burger you considered grabbing.

Make the Crockpot Your Friend

For those who have a crockpot, there is no need explaining how wonderful this device can be. However, if you are new to crockpot cooking it may be time to make this your primary source of cooking dinner. As you find yourself back in the swing of school and practice, keeping dinner warm and ready when you need it most can happen with the help of the crockpot. If you need ideas of what to cook in yours, take a look at a few of my favorite sites, including Betty Crocker and Delish.

Spend Time Making Meals for the Freezer

As you find your schedule becoming more complex while you dive deeper into the school year, you may need more help that a crockpot to keep your dinners on the healthy side. Many find it easy to prepare meals that can be frozen for a later use. This can be simple. There are many sites that offer recipes and tips on what meals can best be frozen. Although preparing these meals does take time, it can be done when you have a few minutes to spare. You may find that you enjoy the convenience of your frozen dishes.

Now is the time to begin planning ahead to make dinners for your family healthy throughout the school year.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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