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How to Make Meals Healthier When in a Relationship

How to Cook Healthy When Your Partner Isn't

One of the perils of being in a relationship? Having a partner that isn't as health conscious as you, likes to indulge more than you do, or simply refuses to eat healthy. This can lead to either eating completely separate dinners, which can take time, or feeling like you compromise by eating less healthy than you would.

But there are some things that you can do to make a healthy compromise. Read on for my suggestions, and let me know what healthy compromises you make after the break!

Up your veggie portion. If you've compromised with a hearty dinner that doesn't exactly scream low calories, don't think you need to evenly divide dinner on each plate. Load your plate up with more veggies rather than less-healthy items like rice or other starches.


Substitute with healthy ingredients. There are ways to throw something into the most unhealthiest meals to make them at least a little bit better nutritionally. Add bulgur to a homemade burger patty to cut down on saturated fat, swap white bread and crackers for ones made with whole grains, or bake with substitutions (like using avocado instead of butter and yogurt instead of whipped cream) to cut calories but not taste.

Make an appetizer. Filling up on something before dinner can help keep you from being too hungry, which will help keep you from gorging on an unhealthy dinner. Try making a fiber-rich salad to put on the table before the main course hits so you won't be tempted to take a second helping.

If you're in a relationship, do you have trouble deciding on what's for dinner? How do you manage?

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katemullen katemullen 5 years
My boyfriend's favorite was pasta with meat sauce. I substituted ground turkey for ground beef and replaced more than half the beef with chopped up veggies like broccoli, zucchini and bell peppers. Now, he says he likes it even better.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
I definitely struggle with this! Thanks for the tips.
Linds1411 Linds1411 6 years
It is definitely hard when you are in a relationship! My husband and I tend to split food half/half between us. Not a good idea. No wonder it's hard for me to lose weight! He's all for lean meats and that sort of thing, but he refuses to eat fruits/veggies/whole grains. So we end up buying some separate foods, and I try to add a veggie stir-fry to supper for myself and cut back on the pasta/rice sides!
bisou002 bisou002 6 years
My husband loves pasta - and only white pasta. So I've been buying SmartTaste, which is still white, but much healthier. I add a ton of veggies to my serving and let him do whatever he wants to his (butter? parmesan? pesto? go for it, honey!).
laurenislost laurenislost 6 years
Being broke helps, some of the cheapest foods can be very healthy: frozen vegetables, eggs, chicken...
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