We know you probably stress about how to have quick, easy, yet nourishing food every day because we’re in the same boat. It’s much easier on your wallet and your body to make your own food, so here’s our suggestions on habits that might make cooking and eating your own healthy food easier.
- Once a Day Habit – Prepare and pack your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the next day while you’re warming up your dinner. Since you’re already in the kitchen, you might as well do it then so you won’t have to go in there and make a mess and clean up twice.
- Once a Week Habit – As soon as you get home with your groceries, wash them and tuck them into the fridge. For fast lunches or dinners, make a refrigerator buffet and salad bar by chopping up your favorite veggies and fruits in bite sized chunks so you can dip them in hummus or almond butter for a snack, or toss them in a salad. Store them in separate air tight containers. Also prepare shredded cheese, chopped or ground chicken or beef, beans, quinoa, brown rice, or whatever else you might put in a salad or rice and veggie bowl for a quick meal.
- Once a month – Prepare and freeze baked goods, meats, casseroles, pot roasts, soups, chili, and cooked sandwich fillings like BBQ. Put them in the fridge the week you want to eat them. You can either heat them up and serve the whole things at once, or you could dip out individual servings when the dish has thawed in the fridge. Also consider freezing chopped onions, celery, peppers, carrots, broccoli and other veggies you plan to cook with on your weekly cooking days when there’s a surplus in your fridge.