“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld.

It is with this kind of thinking that Unilever Foods SA has put together a 21-day meal plan that will inspire consumers to make delicious and nutritious meals. The meals include dishes such as pasta, stews, soups and bakes. The recipes in the 21-day meal plan include ingredients with nutritional benefits that make staying healthy easier such as pumpkin, chickpeas, spinach and whole grains. The meal plan is available on the What’s for Dinner website.

Says Nutrition and Health Assistant Manager – Africa at Unilever, Hlanzeka Mpanza: “Your immune system needs to function optimally to help fight infections and stay healthy. Healthy eating and hydration are important. Your immune function needs vitamin A, C, D, B6, B12, iron, zinc, folate, copper and selenium. Meat and fish are also a good source of iron and vitamin B12”.

What’s for Dinner has made the cooking process even easier by inviting cookbook author, celebrity chef and TV personality, Lorna Maseko along with wellness and fitness business owner and author, Lisa Raleigh to create some cook-along videos. The videos with Lorna and Lisa are available on the What’s for Dinner YouTube page.

Consumers who have already bought their ingredients but, are still looking for nutritious meal ideas on what to make with items already in their grocery cupboard or pantry, can make use of the ‘Dinner on Demand’ function on the ‘What’s for Dinner’ Facebook page. The ‘Dinner on Demand’ feature allows consumers to share the ingredients that they already have at home and ‘Dinner on Demand’ will return recipe ideas for them to try out. This should make mealtime a breeze. It’s as simple as inputting your items into messenger.

Apart from making more healthier eating decisions, consumers are encouraged to stay hydrated with beverages that are good for you such a tea. Tea contains antioxidants, it’s hydrating to the body and contains less or no caffeine when compared to other hot drinks. To change things up, consumers can cool their tea and get creative with ice tea recipes which can be found here.

To access the 21-day meal plan, visit the ‘What’s for Dinner’ website and get cooking!