Cooking healthy meals is easier said than done, and most of the work comes from the prep of the meal rather than the actual cooking part. Make it easer on yourself when it comes to preparing healthy meals at home so that you will be more likely to do it!
Below lists the best tricks to making healthy eating easier:
1. Have a plan
Have a general meal plan for the week so you don’t waste valuable time everyday trying to figure out what you will eat next and it will save you from having to return to the grocery store multiple times. Your meal plan can as detailed as you want it to be, just having a general idea of what you will eat for the week is beneficial and will save you time and energy.
2. Buy frozen seafood
Seafood is incredibly healthy and it is recommended to eat seafood a couple of times a week. Rather than having to go to the grocery store every couple of days to pick up fresh fish, buy high quality frozen fish and cook it at home easily. Take out one fillet in the morning and thaw it out in the fridge so that it is ready to go straight into the oven when you get home from work.
We personally love buying frozen scallops and then cooking them in the oven or on the stove – it’s one of my very favorite meals to cook at home!
3. Buy frozen veggies
Frozen veggies are flash frozen at their prime, meaning they may be even higher quality than the fresh produce. You can take a bag or two out from the freezer in the morning and put in the fridge for a few hours before you want to eat the vegetables. Then just put them on a pan and roast in the oven or steam in the steamer. Frozen veggies are not only convenient, they are also cost effective and much cheaper than fresh produce.
4. Chop up fresh veggies beforehand
Fresh veggies are great too when you want to eat them raw, so cut them up and have them prepared for snacks or as part of a meal.
Tip: if you love spiralized veggies, then I recommend spiralizing a bunch of veggies at once and then putting the noodles in tupperware in your fridge to use them whenever you want.
5. Cook up a few servings at once
If you are cooking up chicken for dinner, make a few extra servings that you can use for the next couple of days for lunch and/or dinner. You can do this with many foods, such as beans, quinoa, burgers, and/or turkey. Think about your future self and how happy you will be when you get home from a long day and you don’t have to cook or even think about what you should have for dinner.
6. Store-bought prepped produce
There are certain produce that take more prep to prepare than others – meaning less likely you are going to prepare them! For example, I love butternut squash, but it is super hard to dice it up and takes a long time to cook. So I tend to buy this in pre-cut pieces to streamline the meal prep when I eat them. It is more expensive to buy pre-cut produce, but it’s definitely cheaper than having to order take-out or eat out at a restaurant for dinner.
7. Smoothie jars
I am a huge fan of smoothies because they are an easy way to get a few servings of veggies in and are a great source of nutrition. That being said, making a smoothie can be somewhat time consuming if you need to get all ingredients together and chop up veggies. Streamline making your smoothie by adding all ingredients except for the liquid base to a jar. This way the next time you are ready for a smoothie you can just pop the ingredients into the blender and add the liquid base.
There are definitely ways to make healthy eating easier, and using one or more of the tricks above will get you on your way to eating healthier!