Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Healthy Eating Ideas for a Hectic Autumn

Oct 17, 2016 04:32AM ● Published by Family Features

When the pace of family life gets busy, it seems easier than ever to forgo healthy eating plans, and the hectic autumn season is a big culprit. However, you don’t need to compromise flavor for nutrition when turning to convenient options that fit your busy lifestyle.

On average, Americans are only meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendations for servings of vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains a mere seven days out of 365. Despite their best intentions to eat more healthy meals, many families need inspiration and simple solutions so they can make better eating choices a reality more often. 

Using educational tools like Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate program, you can put together delicious and nutritious meals that incorporate both frozen and fresh foods. It’s surprisingly simple to take a mindful approach, even for a fun and tasty option like pizza. Using the nutrition facts on the packaging, determine your serving size and then add a simple and nutritious side dish.

Here’s one way to pair a frozen pizza with a fresh side dish: Start with a delicious, DIGIORNO pizzeria! thin crust pizza, like primo pepperoni, which includes 100 percent real cheese and premium meats. Then, round out your meal with a simple side dish recipe focused on vegetables, such as this Chili Lime Butternut Squash or Caul-Slaw.

Find more recipes and tips that allow you to choose the perfect pairings at mealtime at nestleusa.com/balance.

Chili Lime Butternut Squash
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Servings: 4-6

  • 4          cups butternut squash, large diced
  • 1          teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil spray
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In bowl, toss all ingredients except olive oil spray together.
  3. Spray foil-lined sheet tray with olive oil spray and spread vegetables over tray.
  4. Roast in oven 20 minutes.

Caul-Slaw
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Servings: 8

  • 5          cups cauliflower, grated           
  • 1          cup carrots, peeled and grated                  
  • 3/4       cup ranch dressing, fat free                        
  • 1/4       cup apple cider vinegar                             
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt                                 
  • 1/4       cup green onions, sliced                            
  1. In bowl, mix all ingredients together. Let rest 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to combine.

Tip: Cut cauliflower into quarters, keeping core attached; this will keep cauliflower from falling apart during grating.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (squash)

Sponsored by Nestle USA

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline

Family Features Family Features Food
  • BROWN BAG COLORING FOR ADULTS

    11/24/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    • Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Bring your lunch and color your stress away. We pr...


  • Gingerbread Community of Hope

    11/24/2017
    01:00PM — 09:00PM

    Create a part of the gingerbread community of hope and see it on display during Dickens' Holiday ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    11/24/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Turkey Trot Dance Social

    11/24/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    After a day of enjoying your Thanksgiving favorites (maybe too much!) come out and have a fun nig...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • A VET TOGETHER

    11/28/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    • Join Cabarrus Veterans Coalition the first Tuesday of each month at Carm’s for free coffee and ...


  • Beginner Belly Dance Class

    11/28/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always wanted to learn to belly dance but were too nervous to give it a try? Stop waiti...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Sip & Shop

    11/30/2017
    09:00AM — 09:00PM

    Give the gift of North Carolina pottery this year during Sip & Shop, the Cabarrus Arts Council's ...


  • TODDLER STORY TIME

    11/30/2017
    10:30AM

    • Children from walking age to three years old with caregiver. Songs, stories, finger plays follo...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    11/30/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • A Closer Look

    11/30/2017
    07:00PM

    A sneak peek into the world of curators, artists and interior designers, these evenings are espec...


  • Turkey Trot Dance Social

    11/24/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    After a day of enjoying your Thanksgiving favorites (maybe too much!) come out and have a fun nig...


  • Holiday Sip & Shop

    11/25/2017
    01:00PM

    Please Join Makers on North Union for a Holiday Sip & Shop! Hosted by The Bead Lady, Hive & Shoe...


  • On Saturday, November 25 at 6pm, celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with t...


  • Come celebrate an evening of exhilarating holiday entertainment with the Charlotte Civic Orchestr...


  • Sip & Shop

    11/30/2017
    09:00AM — 09:00PM

    Give the gift of North Carolina pottery this year during Sip & Shop, the Cabarrus Arts Council's ...


  • Live entertainment from a variety of local musical and dance groups including Victoria Layton (so...


  • A Broadway Christmas Carol

    12/01/2017
    08:00PM

    Created by Kathy Feininger PG Performances: December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17; 2016 @ 8pm ...


  • The Kannapolis Intimidators are hosting the second annual three-day Holiday Laser Light Experienc...


  • Cookies with Santa

    12/06/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    Bring your kids to enjoy cookies with Santa at The Galleries on Wednesday, December 6th from 3-5p...


  • Holiday Sip & Shop

    12/09/2017
    01:00PM

    Please Join Makers on North Union for a Holiday Sip & Shop! Hosted by The Bead Lady, Hive & Shoe...


  • Art Lab

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM

    Kids 8+ will learn the forms and styles used by potters and tour the Clay exhibition, Wednesdays,...


  • A Broadway Christmas Carol

    12/15/2017
    08:00PM

    Created by Kathy Feininger PG Performances: December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17; 2016 @ 8pm ...


Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!

Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors