It’s difficult to prepare three healthy meals a day and two healthy snacks. Breakfast is usually a chaotic time. Lunch and snacks are normally consumed on the go, and dinner often isn’t much better. By the time you get home from work, school, and running errands it is late and everyone is hungry. Take out is an easy option but it’s not a healthy one. The answer to this problem is simpler than you might imagine. It’s all about planning and preparation.
Plan for the Week – Take a few minutes and plan the meals for the week. List each meal and what you’re going to have for that meal. For example, maybe you like smoothies for breakfast. Also make a list of snacks. Try to plan your meals wisely. For example, if you plan to roast a chicken on Sunday, you can have chicken salad on Monday for lunch.
Make a List – Looking at your weekly plan, list everything that you need from the store. The next step is to hit the supermarket and check everything off your list.
Chop it up – Prep your vegetables in advance. Taking a look at your meal plan for the week, what vegetables need to be chopped, diced, or minced? You can take care of that work on the weekend. Wash and prep and then store the vegetables in an airtight container. When its mealtime, all you need to do is add them to your recipe. Salad greens can be washed and chopped in advance as well.
Make What You Can – You’d be surprised how many meals you can make in advance. For example, make lasagna on Sunday and freeze it. You can enjoy it later in the week. All you need to do is thaw and reheat. Casseroles, soups, and stews can all be prepared on the weekend and frozen for later use. You can even make and freeze breads, pancakes, waffles and other breakfast goodies.
Look for Foods that Work on The Go – Breakfast can be one of the trickiest meals of the day. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to make a fast breakfast that’s good for you. For example, you can spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Set the oven to 350 and crack an egg into each muffin cup. Sprinkle bacon, cheese, or other toppings on top and bake for 10-12 minutes. You can then store the egg cups in the refrigerator. Eat cold or warm them up in the microwave.
Finally, don’t forget about the wonders of a crock pot. You can cook chickens, pork roasts, and beef roasts in a crock pot. You can also cook casseroles and even desserts in a crock pot. With a little planning and some time on the weekends, you can set your meals up for the entire week. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming.
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