Eating healthy can mean a multitude of different things for different people. Healthy eating will look different based on a person’s budget, culture, personal preference, and food allergies or sensitivities. Healthy eating will always be unique to the individual as there is no one size fits all when it comes to exactly how we should eat.
That being said, it is important to find a nutritional plan based on your own individual goals and the factors mentioned above. In order to increase your long-term health, eating healthy is vital!
But what if you struggle finding the desire or enjoyment to cook? For others, it may be that time is the issue. Whatever the reason, many people find that sticking to a meal plan can be a struggle long-term when limiting factors such as desire and time get in the way.
If this is you, here are a few tips that will help you get back on track in the kitchen.
Embrace Short Cuts
Often, we assume that long and detailed processes need to be in place in order to prepare healthy meals when this is actually not the case. Taking short cuts are a great way to save you time but still produce a great end result. Pre-chopped vegetables and fruits, flash frozen vegetables, pre-cut and marinated meats are all great options that allow one to cut back on time in the kitchen. Additionally, the easier you can make things on yourself, the more consistent you will likely be, and consistency will always reign supreme for getting results, regardless of what the goal is.
Focus on Protein
Getting adequate protein can be a struggle, especially for many women. If you consume animal products, buying quality products such as frozen burgers patties such as beef, turkey, chicken or bison is a great option to keep a good source of protein on hands. There are even good quality vegetable burgers that contain a decent amount of protein that can be included in that list. Additionally, you can find prepared sources of protein at many grocery stores, such as rotisserie chicken, hard-boiled eggs, pre-cooked sausage, and deli meat. These are convenient additions to almost any meal.
For those that don’t eat meat, there are many high quality plant-based protein sources to choose from such as quinoa, legumes, cottage cheese, and yogurt.
Carbohydrates and Dietary Fat
Another important factor in your daily food intake is carbohydrates and dietary fats. Our body’s main source of energy comes from carbohydrates and healthy fats will keep you satiated and enhance the taste of almost any food.
These two things take little effort to add to most meals and usually require very little preparation. Baking potatoes, steaming rice, or adding a drizzle of olive oil to your vegetables or salad are just some examples of how these two nutrients can be easily incorporated into your meals.
Putting it All Together
Once you’ve selected your protein and produce, putting together a healthy meal can be simple. It’s always a good idea to have a plan before you start cooking, so you can stay on track and not feel overwhelmed with too many options or ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to start building your plate with a good source of lean protein and then add in your vegetable. From there you can select a healthy carbohydrate and fat to make it a balanced, well-rounded meal.
While it can be tempting to assume things need to be complicated with a lot of prep and cooking time, it doesn’t have to be. By having a few staples and switching up what you add to the meal, it can be really easy, fast, delicious, and healthy.
Here are a few of our member’s favorite recipes that we think you may enjoy as well!
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