* Five to six smaller mini-meals throughout the day may be easier to manage and help keep energy levels high. Choose items that provide the nutrition you need for good health and watch those that provide little to the diet except calories. Some healthful choices can include reduced-fat cheese sticks, nuts and nut butter, fresh or dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, bagged salads, and cut raw vegetables.
* Keep meal preparation simple.
Rely on quick-cooking grains, easy-to-heat veggies and a whole-grain roll for side dishes. Save energy by collecting all the ingredients and cooking utensils first and sit down at the counter or table to put it all together.
* When you cook, make more than is needed for one meal. Store or freeze the rest in oven-or microwave-ready containers for quick reheating.
* Save menus from places that deliver healthy meals.
(Revised from article in Caregiver Assistance News)