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How Healthy Are Your Meals?

We all have days when we can't face the idea of cooking a meal for the family. You can be forgiven if you occasionally grab something at a fast food restaurant to take home, or order a pizza. But /food/planning-healthy-meals/14-unhealthy-health-foodshow healthy are your meals most of the time?

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We all have days when we can't face the idea of cooking a meal for the family. You can be forgiven if you occasionally grab something at a fast food restaurant to take home, or order a pizza. But /food/planning-healthy-meals/14-unhealthy-health-foodshow healthy are your meals most of the time?

1. You usually have the following foods on the table at breakfast:

  • Fruit juice and one of the kids' favorite sugary cereals.
  • Fresh fruit and a high-fiber cereal, plus whole grain toast.
  • We don't eat breakfast.

2. Your favorite cooking methods are:

  • Broiling, roasting, and baking.
  • Microwaving—we eat a lot of frozen dinners.
  • Frying or sautéing.

3. When you fry or sauté foods, you use:

  • Butter.
  • Vegetable oil (e.g., olive, canola, or safflower).
  • Margarine or Crisco.

4. The dairy products your family consume the most include:

  • Whole milk (for the youngest children), low-fat everything else for the rest of the family.
  • We don't eat any dairy products.
  • Every dairy product we eat is whole or full-fat—just as nature intended!

5. The soups your family love the best are:

  • Anything creamy—cream of mushroom, lobster bisque, potato cheese.
  • Soups with lots of meat and noodles.
  • Homemade broth-based soups—chicken, onion, miso.

6. When you cook on the grill, you usually are having:

  • Chicken thighs, swordfish, or tuna.
  • Grilled vegetables and a lean steak.
  • The Great All-American meal—hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings.

7. You like your grilled foods:

  • Charred and smoky—that's the whole point of grilling!
  • Marinated beforehand in a low-fat, acidic marinade.
  • Thoroughly cooked—I want everything to be well-done.

8. Your kids will eat these vegetables:

  • French fries and ketchup (the ketchup counts as tomatoes).
  • Carrots and green beans—if they have lots of butter.
  • They eat all the vegetables I put on their plates, because I use lots of herbs, spices, and sneaky tricks!

9. On salads, you usually have:

  • A non-fat dressing.
  • A creamy dressing like Ranch or blue cheese.
  • Just a little vinaigrette, made with extra virgin olive oil.

10. The beverage you usually serve at meals is:

  • Soda.
  • Fruit juice.
  • Milk for the kids, water for the parents.

11. Your desserts are usually:

  • Sugar-free popsicles.
  • The kids' favorites every night—ice cream, cake, pie, or brownies.
  • Fresh fruit, especially berries in season.

12. For snacks, you always keep the following on hand:

  • Pretzels and microwave popcorn.
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts, raisins, and fresh fruit.
  • Potato chips, cookies, and candy.

1. You usually have the following foods on the table at breakfast:
We don't eat breakfast.

2. Your favorite cooking methods are:
Frying or sautéing.

3. When you fry or sauté foods, you use:
Margarine or Crisco.

4. The dairy products your family consume the most include:
Every dairy product we eat is whole or full-fat—just as nature intended!

5. The soups your family love the best are:
Homemade broth-based soups—chicken, onion, miso.

6. When you cook on the grill, you usually are having:
The Great All-American meal—hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings.

7. You like your grilled foods:
Thoroughly cooked—I want everything to be well-done.

8. Your kids will eat these vegetables:
They eat all the vegetables I put on their plates, because I use lots of herbs, spices, and sneaky tricks!

9. On salads, you usually have:
Just a little vinaigrette, made with extra virgin olive oil.

10. The beverage you usually serve at meals is:
Milk for the kids, water for the parents.

11. Your desserts are usually:
Fresh fruit, especially berries in season.

12. For snacks, you always keep the following on hand:
Potato chips, cookies, and candy.

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