1. Fire Up Your Fruit

“Using fruit in different ways can help to train your taste buds to crave natural sweetness,” says Vanessa Perrone, a registered dietitian. This is a very good thing, since we all need to cut back on our sugar intake. For a healthy dessert, place pineapple rings, grapefruit and orange halves face down on the barbecue and heat for several minutes until grill marks appear, or grill them in the oven until the surface begins to caramelise. Serve warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon for dessert, or chop, refrigerate and enjoy for breakfast.

2. Sit Down for Dinner

These days increasing numbers of people no longer have a sit-down evening meal. About 59% of young women eat on the run, according to one study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers says on-the-go eaters consume more total fat, as well as more soft drinks and fast food. Sitting down allows you to make more mindful choices. You’re also more likely to eat slowly, chewing properly and acknowledging each bite, resulting in improved digestion.

3. Go Crazy for Kebabs

Shish kebabs are a fun way to make familiar meals interesting and an easy way to get kids excited about preparing (and eating!) dinner. Lightly marinate cubed chicken or beef and diced, firm vegies, like red capsicum, mushrooms and zucchini, then skewer and grill for about 10-15 minutes until cooked.

4. Be the First to Order

Research shows that when we sit down to dinner in a restaurant, we tend to mimic what our dining companions are ordering. Take control by scoping out the menu online ahead of time.

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