Here are five simple tips from the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) and registered dietitian Estela Schnelle to help maintain 2014 dietary aspirations:
1. Make Meal Planning a Family Affair: Set aside 30 minutes on weekends to consult with your family on the meal plan for the week, and make sure to include the kids. The more input they have, the more likely they are to eat and engage in healthy meal routines.
2. Curb Impulses: Restrict over-buying and over-indulging by heading to the freezer aisle first. There you will find produce that will keep longer and meals that are perfectly-portioned to easy calorie and nutrient intake.
3. Mix it Up: They say variety is the spice of life. To avoid diet boredom and the temptation to stray, infuse your meal with fresh herbs for a flavor-lift or explore exotic Indian or Asian cuisines through the freezer aisle.
4. Mind Your Meals: Don't think of your New Year's resolution as an act of deprivation–just be mindful of what you're taking in. Look for low-fat, low-calorie foods and get portion help from frozen meals–you can still enjoy the pasta, sides and sweets you love without over-doing it.
5. Chop Chopping Off Your List: It's easy to fall back on bad food habits when things get busy. Save time and make meal prep easier on yourself by buying pre-cut and frozen options. Frozen fruits and veggies like strawberries and corn can be thawed or cooked in minutes without tedious chopping.