Healthy eating ideas for a hectic autumn

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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 Nestle’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.

Find more recipes and tips that allow you to choose the perfect pairings at mealtime at

Chili Lime Butternut Squash

Recipe courtesy of Nestle

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

Heat oven to 400 F.

In bowl, toss all ingredients except olive oil spray together.

Spray foil-lined sheet tray with olive oil spray and spread vegetables over tray.

Roast in oven 20 minutes.


Recipe courtesy of Nestle

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

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.