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Eat Healthier without Hours in the Kitchen
When you picture healthy eating, do you see someone spending countless hours slaving away in the kitchen? Are your lunch hours an rush of running to the nearest restaurant, ordering the healthiest thing on the menu then racing back to work because you didn’t have time to make and pack a lunch? We all have great intentions for healthy eating but we chronically overextended and overbook ourselves leaving us thinking that there are just not enough hours in the day to do it all!
I’m here to tell you that eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day. By implementing my practical tips and tricks, you will learn how easy it can be to fit healthy eating into your life.
Mapping out your week and planning all of your meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) is essential to saving time. It will help you figure out exactly what you need at the grocery store, saving you time while shopping, and will make sure you have everything you need in the kitchen ready to go for meal time.
Weekend Batch Cooking and Prep
After you get your groceries, take the time to prep everything you need for the week. Wash and chop all of the fruit and veggies so they are ready to go. This will save you lots of prep time when you are preparing dinner. You can also batch cook a couple of the recipes you have planned for the week, make your lunches and store them in portioned containers and prepare all of your snacks.
Cook Once, Eat Twice
Making a double or even triple batch of something is a great way to save time in the kitchen. It hardly adds any time to the cooking process but it saves you from creating a whole new meal the next day. Leftovers make fantastic lunches and can be frozen in individual portions for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Stock Your Pantry
Having all of the items you use every day along with healthy snacks in your pantry can save you time at the grocery store and when you are cooking. A few great basics to keep on hand include: various grains, oils, vinegar, seeds, nuts, dried or canned beans, frozen fruit and veggies, spices and anything else you use on a regular basis. You can also buy these items in bulk to save money.
I hope these tips have shown you how you can start your day off with a healthy breakfast that will give you so much energy you won’t need your morning coffee. You can be the person at work everyone is envious of because you will have time to calmly enjoying your healthy homemade lunch while everyone else is rushing out for a grab and go meal. You will also have a delicious home cooked dinner ready in less than 30 minutes when you get home. Best of all, you will be nourishing your body with the food it needs to thrive. You will be bursting with energy and you may even lose some weight!
Jesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP, is a cheerful Certified Nutritional Practitioner (aka Holistic Nutritionist) and owner of JesseLaneWellness.com. She loves to share her passion for healthy eating!