A Healthy Dinner – 3 Things to Keep in Mind
Eating is just as important for our health as drinking. It provides us with the energy, the nutrients, and the minerals we need to grow, develop – to live. We usually eat three meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – and each of them has its own importance. We have already covered breakfast in the past, so it’s time to look at the opposite: a healthy dinner.
The importance of a healthy dinner
Eating healthy is important, no matter what time of the day it is. Your food has to provide you with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed for your body to function properly. And dinner is a bit tricky, as it’s the last meal of the day (ideally), eaten at a time when we are tired. This is one of the reasons we often consider it less important than the other meals. Which is a mistake, of course.
But if we avoid these mistakes, we can make it not just a nutritious, but also a healthy meal.
1. Going out for dinner
At the end of a long day, it’s great to sit down at a restaurant table and simply ordering a meal. But there’s a catch: restaurant meals are usually higher in calories, fats, sugar, and hidden salts than your home-cooked ones. Besides, the portions served by restaurants are usually larger, making it easier to overeat.
Don’t dine out too often, and when you do, eat with moderation. And avoid fast food – it’s the worst thing you can have for dinner.
2. Eating in front of the screen
The TV, the computer, the phone – these are distractions that have no business being part of your dinner. When you are distracted from your food, the feeling of fullness comes much harder. Distractions can even turn an otherwise healthy dinner into overeating, especially if it’s followed by a channel-surfing session with some chips or popcorn at hand.
3. Making it the biggest meal of the day
During a workday, we usually have breakfast and lunch in a rush. The only time we can really sit down and eat normally is dinnertime. Many people turn their dinners into the largest meal of the day, which is wrong – according to the USDA, dinner should be light, and should only provide up to 25% of our daily calorie intake.