How To Make Eating Healthy Food More Convenient
Did you know that many people don’t eat enough vegetables each day?
If you think you fall into this group, then you need to make an effort to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet. But we all know that incorporating healthy foods is easier said than done. With our busy lives, it can be tough to sit down for a healthy meal. Instead, many of us reach for quick meals and snacks that aren’t nutrient-dense. Luckily, there are things you can do to make healthy eating more convenient.
Check out this guide to learn how it’s done.
PLAN YOUR MEALS
First things first: you need to make sure you plan out your meals each week. This will help you stay on track with your healthy eating and it’ll save you time and keep you organized.
Here’s what to keep in mind with meal-planning:
Schedule a set time in your calendar each week to plan out your meals for the upcoming week and do your grocery shopping
Decide which meals you eat each day; some people like to do all of their cooking in one day, while others like to spread it out throughout the week
Make a list of the ingredients you’ll need to make that meal
Before the new week starts, go grocery shopping, using your list of ingredients as a guide
Keep your meal plan accessible throughout the week; this way, you’ll know exactly what to make on each day
Taking a little extra time to meal plan before the week starts will actually end up saving you time the following week. With a meal plan, you’ll already have an organized plan in place; all you need to do is follow it
To make sure you actually eat all of the healthy meals you’ve planned out for the week, we suggest setting aside some time each week to meal prep.
How much you want to meal prep will depend on your personal preference. For example, some people like to prep all of their meals for the week on a Sunday, and then freeze them and thaw them out the night before so they’ll be ready to eat the next day.
Others prefer to cook fresh but to get the prep work out of the way. For example, you could use your Sunday evening to chop up fruits and veggies and to portion out ingredients.
USE A MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICE
Some weeks are absolutely crazy, and you simply have no time to meal prep or grocery shop.
When these weeks (or sometimes months) come around, we suggest turning to a meal kit delivery service.
With a meal kit delivery service, you pick a prescription plan based on the number of meals you want per week. For example, you could opt for 5 dinners per week or 5 dinners and 5 lunches each week.
Then, you usually have several options to choose from for each meal, which means you get some variety throughout the week. After you’ve selected your plan and meals, you check out, and the service will deliver the meal kits to your house at the beginning of the week.
Some meal kit delivery services come with everything already assembled, so all you need to do is heat up the meal. Others come with the ingredients pre-chopped, so all you need to do is combine them and cook to put your meal together. Meal kit delivery services are not only great because they’re healthy, but they can also save you large amounts of time. And each kit comes with the exact amount of ingredients you’ll need to create a meal, so nothing goes to waste.
THINK OUTSIDE THE PLATE
While sitting down to a healthy meal you can truly enjoy is the ideal choice, often, we don’t have time to do this.
However, just because you don’t have the time to sit down for a meal doesn’t mean you have an excuse to grab a candy bar or some other unhealthy snack.
There are plenty of healthy snacks and meals you can take with you on the go. Here are some ideas:
Cold-pressed juice: You can buy your own juicing machine to make your own cold-pressed juices at home
Apples, pears, and bananas
Protein bars made with whole ingredients
We suggest having these snacks handy around your home so you can grab them when you’re on your way out the door.
MAKE A LIST OF A FEW LOCAL HEALTHY RESTAURANTS
When you’re famished at the end of a long workday, it can be very tempting to make a quick run through the McDonald’s drive-through.
The best way to prevent yourself from succumbing to this temptation is to have a list of a few healthy, local restaurants on hand. However, don’t let yourself be fooled by places that claim to offer healthy options, but really just serve salads loaded with dressing and dairy. If you can, choose a local restaurant that lists their ingredients and their nutritional information.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Last, but not least, remember to keep things simple. Many people are under the impression that healthy eating means cooking with a bunch of different ingredients.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Often, the fewer ingredients you use, the healthier your meal is. Here are some simple, healthy snacks you can turn to when you’re hungry:
Raw veggies and hummus
Full-fat Greek yogurt with mixed berries
Raw nuts mixed with organic, grass-fed cheese cubes
Almond butter and sliced apples
Hard-boiled eggs on toast
Healthy bran muffins
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING MORE CONVENIENT: ARE YOU READY TO EAT HEALTHIER?
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to make healthy eating more convenient. Now, all you need to do is start putting these tips into action, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
And if you’re looking to make a healthy, delicious meal tonight, check out this quinoa veggie burger recipe.
Via Healthy Living Women