Saturday, September 15, 2007

Smart Start Meals - Beyond 50 Article

Gone are the days when Grandma had the time to cook up a big meal for the kids and grandkids, and grandpa too. It wasn’t long ago that 50 years of age was old and most people had at least two or three grandchildren. As more and more men and women put off marriage and parenthood until ‘later’, it is not uncommon to be over 50 with teenagers in the house.

Today’s over 50 population is busier than any generation before, and don’t show any sign of slowing down. 50 is the “new” 30, and despite all the activity people still long for the days of the leisurely meal, with family and friends catching up on the days events.

The stresses of the modern day need to be countered with relaxation. People need time to connect and share the day’s experiences, and meal time has a long history of being the best way to do that. One option is to reach for the phone and get something fattening, lacking in nutrition and loaded with sodium and trans-fats. That choice has some serious drawbacks. There are obvious health benefits to eating nutritious foods cooked at home; but who has the time?

A solution to all this and a way to take off the stress of not having enough time can be found in the form of companies like Smart Start Meals, who provide delicious, nutritious ready-to-cook dinners for busy people. This is the wave of the future, and is long overdue as a service. They do all the advance preparation - recipe planning, testing, shopping, chopping, measuring and portioning, without using preservatives or unhealthy additives. The dinners are then frozen, packaged, and delivered right to your door. The only thing you have to do is follow a set of simple instructions to enjoy cooking one of these complete dinners in your own kitchen!

As boomers become more aware of the dangers involved in eating mainstream convenience foods like take out, prepackaged meals and TV dinners, our options have become rather limited. More and more in the news we hear about imported foods being tainted with harmful bacteria, chemicals or being mislabeled. We’ve built a life style around quick and easy and yet long for the days of slow-cooked home prepared meals. We want it all – convenience, ease of preparation, great quality, high nutrition, variety, and organic if possible. Today’s health conscious consumers are almost forced to find the time to get back into the kitchen and prepare meals from scratch.

With the boomer generation having to care for elderly parents and often having teenage or adult kids still at home, meal time doesn’t need to be an additional stress. Our aging parents used Meals on Wheels to help them, and now our generation has the opportunity to use companies such as Smart Start Meals - simple, highly effective and quite affordable.

By slowing down at mealtime and enjoying a healthy meal you improve the quality of your life, not just with the food, but also with the good company that surrounds you at the dinner table. Now there is a way to reconnect and enjoy the satisfaction of providing a good dinner at home on a regular basis – easier than ever, and with much less shopping, chopping and cleanup. Bon Appetite!