If you are trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, eating healthy food is important. Our bodies need the nutrients that food contain. If you do not eat foods rich in nutrients, your body as well as your overall health will suffer. Sometimes it seems like there is simply not enough time to fix healthy meals. However, with a little bit of planning, you can prepare healthy meals and snacks in advance, making them as easy as picking up unhealthy fast food.
Advance preparation is the key to good eating if you live a busy life. It is simply too easy to run out the door without eating breakfast, and to fall into the habit of picking up take-out food on the way home.
The weekend can be a good time to get prepared for the upcoming week. A trip to the farmer’s market will score you plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you do not have a farmer’s market available, look for good deals in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. Fruits and vegetables that are in season will be the most affordable, and the best quality.
Of course, it is not enough to simply purchase fresh fruits and vegetables – you need to eat them to benefit from their nutrition. Cutting up your fruits and vegetables as soon as you get them home is the best way to make sure they are handy to eat. Once they are cut up and packaged in portion-sized containers and bags, they will be easy to grab for a quick snack, or when you need to pack a lunch in a hurry.
Healthy whole grain foods are another good choice when you need to prepare meals in advance. Steel cut oats is full of nutrients and fiber, and is easy to make. You can make a large batch, adding nutrient-rich ingredients such as raisins, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and flax seeds. Then, simply divide into portion-sized microwavable containers, and store in the refrigerator. When you need a quick, nutritious breakfast, just grab one and heat it up in the microwave. Steel cut oats are also delicious cold, served with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt on top.
At the end of the day, you might be too tired to cook a nutritious meal. Cooking healthy dinners in a slow cooker during the day is a good way to ensure you have a nutritious meal waiting for you. Stir fry meals are quick to fix as well, especially if you have pre-cut your vegetables and have a large batch of rice cooked pre-cooked and ready to heat up.