Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Balancing Your Hectic Holiday Hunger Pangs

Dec 22, 2015 02:42AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and your holiday to-do list gets longer, spending time in the kitchen to prepare a nutritious, flavorful meal for you and your family can seem almost impossible. From buying gifts and entertaining guests to coordinating travel arrangements, sitting down to well-balanced meals often takes the back burner.

However, there is a resource that can help you easily balance nutrition and flavor during the hectic holiday season: the grocery store’s frozen aisle.

Nutrition and Convenience, Refreshed
The frozen aisle is constantly evolving to meet people’s dietary needs and taste preferences. A common misconception is that frozen food is processed or unhealthy. However, many frozen meals and pizzas include protein and farm-select vegetables. In a matter of minutes, you can have a delicious entree ready to be paired with your favorite vegetable or fruit side dish.

“When I’m short on time, I use frozen prepared meals and pizzas to get satisfying meals on the table quickly,” said Liz Weiss, registered dietitian, nutritionist and co-founder of the blog Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen. “I also take advantage of those precious extra minutes to assemble delicious and convenient side dishes, like a Broccoli Crunch Salad tossed with a yogurt dressing, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. It’s a great side for the holiday season.”

Shopping Smart to Keep Your Holiday Cheer
Consult the following check list to save time in the frozen food aisle:

  • Check for Quality Ingredients: Real, high-quality ingredients in family-sized options, such as Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat and Sauce, mean that you can quickly prepare and enjoy a delicious meal that you can feel good about.
  • Play with New Flavors: It’s easy for families to get in a mealtime rut, so turn to frozen to expand your culinary repertoire. From chicken teriyaki stir fry and spinach artichoke ravioli to spicy beef and bean enchilada, there’s a world of exciting flavors available in the supermarket freezer case.
  • Simplify Settings for One: For those long days that leave little time for cooking, quick single-serve meals, such as Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac and Cheese or Sweet and Spicy Korean Style Beef, require minimal prep time and pack bold flavor. Pair one of these with an in-season vegetable, such as carrots or Brussels sprouts, and in just minutes you have a flavorful, colorful, balanced meal.
  • Pay a Visit to Produce: Frozen meals are versatile, quick to prepare and can easily be rounded out with fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies to help you stay fuller, longer. The simpler the prep, the more time you’ll have to check off items on your holiday to-do list.

For more delicious and healthy meal tips, search for Balance Your Plate on nestleusa.com.  

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Nestle

Family Features Family Features Food
  • 32nd Annual Craft & Vendor Show

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 03:00PM

    This show spotlights a selection of arts and crafts designed and created by the artist and also a...


  • Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic in Lisle

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    Every Saturday from 9:00AM-1:00PM the Pet Well Clinic in Lisle offers affordable vaccines, microc...


  • 32nd Annual Craft & Vendor Show

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 03:00PM

    This show spotlights a selection of arts and crafts designed and created by the artist and also a...


  • Sculpture on the Prairie

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Fine Line Creative Arts Center is proud to annouce it's first Sculpture on the Prarie exhibit. E...


  • Geneva Park District's Kids' Zone Hiring Event

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Join us at Sunset Community Center between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for our Kids’ Zone Hiring Event, ...


  • Million Dollar Quartet

    10/21/2017
    01:30PM

    Paramount Theatre's rollicking 2017-18 Broadway Series opener is Million Dollar Quartet, the wild...


  • ZOMBIES WANTED

    10/21/2017
    02:30PM — 09:00PM

    Interested in becoming a zombie? We need volunteers, ages 14 & older, to be transformed into the ...


  • Zombie Apocalypse!

    10/21/2017
    04:30PM — 08:00PM

    It's a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! Will you survive? Participants will navigate the land of the un-dead...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    10/21/2017
    07:30PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83.) is thrilled to present the Worl...


  • First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83.) is thrilled to present the Worl...


  • Live Music

    10/21/2017
    09:00PM — 11:55PM

    Join us on historic Bourbon Street in Jambalaya at Pheasant Run Resort for live bands every Satur...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    10/21/2017
    09:45PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • Nature Tykes (for 3 year olds)

    10/26/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    In this program, for 3-year olds and their parents, grandparents or guardians, we’ll explore the ...


  • Sculpture on the Prairie

    10/26/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Fine Line Creative Arts Center is proud to annouce it's first Sculpture on the Prarie exhibit. E...


  • Little Naturalists

    10/26/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    In this hour-long program for 4-5-year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through...


  • Million Dollar Quartet

    10/26/2017
    01:30PM

    Paramount Theatre's rollicking 2017-18 Broadway Series opener is Million Dollar Quartet, the wild...


  • Mandate for Murder

    10/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Playhouse 38’s 4th Annual Murder Mystery Politics can be murder! It’s election night and all t...


  • Haunted Who-Done-It?

    10/26/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    We’re teaming up with the Geneva Public Library to offer nature programs for adults in their twen...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    10/26/2017
    08:00PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83.) is thrilled to present the Worl...


  • First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83.) is thrilled to present the Worl...


Neighbors Magazines
Neighbors Magazines, 28 South Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510, 630-995-3482, www.welcometoneighbors.com
Contact us