Eating healthy at home can feel so daunting and even boring to some. Most people simply have no idea how tasty and easy healthy meals can be. Others claim they don’t have the time.
I get it, when you get home after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing something healthy.
But what if I told you that there are tricks to help you not only save time in the kitchen, but also nourish yourself and your family with healthy delicious food options. Would you believe me?
Well, it is possible to kick unhealthy food out of your kitchen once and for all!
Here are 6 ways to help you get there quickly and effortlessly:
It’s Time For a Pantry Makeover
As long as you have processed junk food at home, it will be easy to get tempted. Go through your kitchen and grab every snack, can, bottle, and tub of junk food you find. They are often loaded with hidden sugars and harmful chemicals, which can create hormonal imbalances, weight gain, skin problems and more.
Get rid of the chips, cookies, candy, ice cream, and cake and get them out of your house. To avoid waste, you can even give them away. This is essential to guarantee the success of your new healthy eating habits.
Help yourself. Simply get rid of them! Don’t worry we will replace them with yummy, healthy snacking options later.
Rediscover the Joy of Cooking and Find New Inspiration
We are bombarded everyday with commercials for junk food, fast and convenient meals. No wonder, very few of us have the will to cook a healthy meal.
Indeed, some of us simply don’t know how to cook and have no idea what to cook. This is when finding new inspiration is crucial.
Take a cooking class (or learn with your loved ones). For inspiration, grab a new cookbook, or browse the Internet. YouTube, Pinterest and the many healthy blogs on the web are free resources that you can use to spike up your creativity and get inspired!
(Re) Learn Smart Grocery Shopping Habits – Plan Your Weekly Meals
Now that you know how and what to cook, it is time to learn the art of smart grocery shopping.
I was never one to get excited about meal planning, but trust me it takes the guessing game out of your busy weeknights. And this helps a LOT. If you already have an idea of what you will eat that week and the ingredients are there in your fridge, it becomes very easy to whip up a delicious and nutritious meal.
Make a list and plan at least 3 or 4 of your weekday meals. Don’t worry, you can still be flexible but at least you will have a plan.
If you’re typically busy during the week, batch cooking can save your life. Truly.
There are many things you can cook and prepare in advance to make your life easier. For example: batch cook brown rice, legumes, sauces, quinoa, and pasta. Store them in glass containers (to avoid plastic contamination) and simply grab and re-heat them when you need to.
You can also prep your veggies in advance. Cut them and store them in a bit of water to keep them crunchy and fresh, saving a lot of time in the kitchen.
Keep Healthy Treats At Home or Make Them Yourself
Who doesn’t like to indulge in something sweet every now and then? Most of us do.
You can easily find healthy snacks options in the grocery store, but if you’re on a tight budget, just make them yourself.
One of my go-to sweet treats is chocolate nana cream with chopped nuts, seeds and a few dark chocolate chips. It does the trick every single time, but without the guilt. Here is the recipe.
Nana Ice Cream:
- 1 frozen banana (peeled and frozen beforehand)
- 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 Tsp of vanilla extract
- ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp of chopped almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds (I like to mix them all together)
- Optional: A splash of almond/coconut milk (to make it creamier)
Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or a food processor and enjoy!
Skip Restaurants and Eat Home-Cooked Meals More Often
This may seem obvious, but it really makes a difference. Often, restaurants are not only costly, but they do not always use the best ingredients. The best way to guarantee the health and nutrition of what you eat is by eating more often at home.
Take it a step further and take leftovers to work for lunch. It will make a big difference in your savings, health and energy levels. Control what goes into your body by preparing your meals yourself.
Now you can see that eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. It is mostly all about planning and using a few tricks to your advantage. Follow these 6 tips and I can assure you that unhealthy food will not only stay out of your kitchen, but better yet out of your body!
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