The feeling that we are short of time is all too familiar. On one hand, you have your career and professional lives to sort out, and on the other your relations at home. Add to this mix, the need to stay healthy – eat well and exercise; time to pursue your hobbies and new skills, go to the all too important dance recitals of your daughter’s or your son’s ball game. The list truly is endless.
We often take plenty of shortcuts, but in the realm of health, these do cost us in the coming years. Many people come to the realization earlier and do something about it, while others stand and wait for the storm to hit them. If you haven’t invested in your health for a while, it is highly suggested that you do. With so many things filling our plate, how do we possibly have time to eat healthily. The last resort of fast foods and savory deserts do well in the interim, but a world of damage down the line. So, the age-old question of “how do you eat healthily” will be answered here.
How Can You Eat Healthy When You Are Pressed For Time?
Remember the adage by Lincoln- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend four hours sharpening the axe” The secret to life that nobody is willing to implement. Take the time to prepare, as it makes a world of difference. The same applies to your eating habits as well.
Plan In Advance
For your plant-based food preparation, before the week commences, sit down with a notebook and make entries of the various cuisines that you would want to cook. This includes the three main meals for the day – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, for all 7 days of the week. You can mix and match as you deem fit.
Once you know what it is that you will cook, write down the ingredients that you will need. These include all of the plant-based food and condiments alike. Once you know this, then find out how much of each you will need for the entire week. Once this is done, fix a particular day for your trip to the supermarket or the farmer’s market.
Don’t Buy In Bulk For More Than A Week
The logic behind heading to the market every week is for you to get fresh produce. When foods are stored, even when kept in a fridge; it loses its nutritional value. To be honest, nothing beats the fresh deal. So make sure that you allot a day in the week to get your goods, and then you can prep your meals better for the week.
Food Ideas For Batch Prepping
Here are some ideas for you to try:
Buy A Variety Of Fresh Fruits Every Week
This includes the likes of apples, pears, raspberries, grapes, and blueberries. Make sure to wash them well before your chomp down on it. Don’t wash them ahead of time, as the chances for them to get moldy especially if you are in a humid climate, are far too high. If the summer is kicking you, then buy pineapple, mangoes, watermelon which you can cut beforehand and store them in sealed containers to hold their moistures and freshness. You may even cut your bananas beforehand for your smoothies for the next day.
Have A Salad On The Go
When you are twiddling your thumbs on your phone or aimlessly watching the primetime news, keep a chopping board on your lap and start chopping! Slice veggies that you will need for the week such as carrots, bell peppers, celery and store them in sealed containers. These act as great toppings for your power-packed bowl of salad. You may also make your salad dressings prior. Add in miso ginger, thousand islands, Caesar ranch with all of the Italian herbs and vinegar of your choice. You can mix and match to find the taste that suits your taste buds.
Have A Soup And A Pot Of Chilli Ready
A bowl of soup is an easy way to get all of the nutritional goodness of veggies in a bowl. It is quick and easy to make, and you can switch up the soup every other week. Having a pot of chili or gravy on the standby also makes life a hell lot easier. You may have the chili solo, or pour it over some quinoa or some baked potatoes, or use it as a tortilla dip…the options are truly endless when you have chili right by your side.
The Final Note: Enjoy The Process
Taking care of your body and eating healthy, is an investment that you can cash on when the greys begin to appear. The likelihood that you will come face-to-face with chronic illnesses is also lessened. Go Plant-based and invest in your body, today!