Do you feel you have no time to eat healthy? Or maybe, you eat healthy when you can, but grab fast food or convenience foods when time is tight? I totally get it, life gets really busy and it is easy to skip eating healthy because other things are so much more convenient. I’ve been there myself. The problem is, eventually it will catch up with you. It did me in a big way.
About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia, fibromyalgia/ chronic fatigue and colitis. I thought my life was over. I could barely get out of bed. I lived with constant pain. I didn’t have the energy to do even the simplest tasks. Even things like taking a shower seemed to zap what tiny bit of energy I had. But in some ways, it was probably the best thing that could happen to me. I know, that sounds weird. But honestly, it was the wake-up call I needed to let me know, I was going down a very, very bad path. I had to change. SO I DID!!!
It wasn’t easy. Honestly, it was one of the toughest things I’ve done. I had a few things going against me. I had no energy and I hated to cook (even if I had the energy!). So I had to find ways, to make it doable for myself. Guess what? It can be done!!! Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean you spend all day in the kitchen. There are ways to make it easier. Now, if you love to cook and you have time, by all means, make nice, fancy meals. But for some of us, we may have to save those meals for the days when we are less busy or are inspired. On this website, I include different types of recipes. Some will be quick and easy, while others will take a bit more time. I want to give people healthy options for each type of cook.
Some Quick Foods
Some easy foods to make that are quick but healthier are:
- Salads (prepare Mason Jar Salads for the week.)
- Meats that are already cooked. (Like rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods without added ingredients.)
- Grain Bowls (Read further to see how I do mine)
- Smoothies (Have prepared smoothie packs in the freezer. )
- Make a meal plan. That way, you will know you have the right ingredients and what you are having each day, but allow some wiggle room for the unexpected.
- Use your freezer!!! Make up meals ahead of time and freeze them. The internet is full of ideas.
- Keep frozen veggies, grains, and fruits on hand, so they don’t go bad on you and you have them available when you need them. Grains and veggies can be added to grain bowls. Fruits and veggies can be added to smoothies. Veggies can be roasted or put in omelets or soups. The added bonus is, they are already cut up and ready to use.
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These are so easy! I keep stuff like frozen rice, frozen quinoa and frozen veggies on hands. I just throw them all in a microwave bowl with whatever herbs or spices I want to use and cover with a microwaveable plate. In my microwave, I cook it for 4 minutes, but you may have to play with the time. When done, it all comes out steamed. Here is my favorite:
- I use Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice.
- Path of Life’s Quinoa and Kale (also has garlic).
- Frozen organic broccoli
- Trader Joe’s Organic rice cauliflower
- A bit of Himalayan Salt
Just use what you plan to eat of each. So for the brown rice and quinoa, use about 1/2 cup each. About a 1/2 cup of the riced cauliflower and about a cup of broccoli florets and salt to taste. Microwave them all together and you have a meal. You can add a bit of cooked meat to it if you want (warmed up separately). Additional tip: Make bags of your favorite mixes (in about a quart size container or bag) and freeze to have all ready to just pour in a bowl and microwave. I try to keep several on hands. This is faster, easier and much healthier than fast food. And personally, I think it’s tastier too.
So, as you can see, eating healthy doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen. Being busy does not mean you have to resort to eating fast food or processed food. With a bit of planning and forethought, you can have healthy meals all the time. Keep following this website and getting my newsletter, and you will learn more tips to get you healthy and to keep you healthy.
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