Healthy Eating Without The Meal Prep

One of the most common ways to eat healthy is through meal planning and meal prep.  However, this can be a lot of work and it often means we are forced to reduce variety or sacrifice balance for ease.  That is why at Artichoke we look to ensure our dishes healthy by using lots of fresh dark green vegetables, offering lots of side choices for variety and using lean proteins.

What are top foods for health?

According to the USDA, CDC and UCSFHealth, there are some key foods we want to make sure we get a lot of each week:

  1. Dark Green Vegetables - these include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, peppers, kale and spinach.  Because of their nutrient density and, in our opinion, deliciousness, these are the vegetables we focus on for our sides and salads.
  2. Fish - packed with Omega-3, salmon is a great flavorful, lean fish.  We use Verlasso sustainably farmed salmon which is has a 4 star best aquaculture rating.
  3. Lean Baked, Grilled or Roasted Meats/Proteins - Chicken, tofu and pork tenderloin are all low fat proteins and we always grill or roast them to ensure they are both flavorful and do not have extra oil or fats added to them.

What about portion sizes?

Portion size is a great way to control caloric intake.  We measure all our dishes so each serving has 3.5-4.5 ounces of protein, 1 cup of grains or starch and 1 cup of vegetables or side.  Although a few of our dishes are higher calorie than others we offer a range of dishes so you can indulge every once and a while.  We believe balance is paramount to any a healthy lifestyle.

Artichoke Dinner Club delivers healthy, locally made, chef-developed meals to Atlanta making eating well easy and delicious. Check out our rotating menu and skip the meal prep and restaurant takeout.