The majority of people say that eating healthy or meal prepping takes too much time. What I’ve learned, is that you’re going to wish you spent that time meal prepping later in life or when you randomly gain 20-50 pounds from eating out all of the time. Eating healthy can be simple, and comes with a variety of benefits, including:
- maintaining weight
- increased energy
- better sleep
- mental focus and clarity
- looking and feeling good!
Here are some simple strategies to start eating healthier today:
1. Eat a similar breakfast every day. Find a breakfast you like and stick with it. That way, you always have the healthy ingredients on hand. Plus you don’t waste brain power thinking about breakfast every day. I typically eat chia seeds mixed with organic oatmeal and 2/3 cup of almond milk. It’s delicious and a very healthy way to start the day. Or to make this even easier, I just grab a blender bottle with a scoop of my favorite protein powder.
2. Set one or two days of the week aside for meal prep. My prep days vary depending upon my schedule, but I will typically cook up a box of organic frozen chicken, a box of brown rice, steam a bag of baby carrots, steam a head of broccoli and a head of cauliflower, cut up a handful of apples, etc. Meal prepping saves so much time for future snacks, lunches and dinners, because much of the work is done.
3. Keep your snacks easy. Snacks don’t have to take a lot of time. Some examples include healthy meal replacement bars or protein bars (be sure to read the ingredients on these), grapes, walnuts, celery with almond butter, baby carrots or peppers with hummus or rice cakes. Or just grab your favorite fresh fruit!
4. Drink a daily smoothie. NutriBullets and Magic Bullets are essential in the kitchen. Or if you’re willing to make an even bigger investment, use a Ninja or VitaMix. Smoothies with fresh veggies such as kale and spinach mixed with fresh fruit are chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants making them a healthy addition to any diet. What’s also incredible about these super-shakes is that they only take minutes to prepare. Not to mention, they last all day if you blend them in the morning and store them in your NutriBullet and Magic Bullet containers or mason jars.
5. Think ahead about your dinners for the upcoming week. For example, if you’re making my personal favorite; grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli for dinner, make extra. That way you can use the extra chicken and brown rice in a healthy chicken enchilada casserole for tomorrow’s dinner. If you make stuffed quinoa red peppers one night, make extra quinoa to serve in the chili or stew you made on prep day.
6. Double your dinner for easy next day lunches. Always prepare more food for dinner than you need. That way you can pack it up for lunches the next day in no time. This keeps you from succumbing to fast-food with your co-workers over lunch.
All you need is a little focus, planning and organization. You’ll thank yourself years from now.