815: Rockford-area food prep experts come to the rescue.

Weight loss is top of mind this time of year, with New Year’s resolutions being planned with the best intentions.

The top resolutions for the past several years have been a combination of staying fit/healthy and losing weight, according to consumer research company Nielsen. Consulting with your doctor is one of the first steps in creating a healthy lifestyle plan that’s the best fit.

Eating right and being more physically active are top suggestions from the National Institute of Health’s “Aim for a Healthy Weight” website where you can find healthy eating plans, menus, food exchange lists, shopping tips, facts on portion control, recipes and more. A December 2014 study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that more time spent on home food preparation was associated with higher diet quality, including eating more fruits and vegetables.

The same study noted that time was an “essential ingredient” in creating healthier eating habits among adults. That lack of time in our daily lives carved out a niche for meal delivery kit companies such as Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have grown in popularity in recent years. And healthy meal companies such as Illinois-based Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating have been around for more than 30 years.

If you need help with food prep, here are some local options to get you started.

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