So I hear this all the time…I do not have time to cook, or clean eating is expensive. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this I would be living on a private island by now 🙂
STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND START PLANNING AHEAD!
Its simple and easy. You will probably spend less money then you do on your regular grocery trip with a full cart frozen dinners and junk food.
1. Sit down grab a pen and paper and plan out your week ahead in meals and what you will cook for each meal.
2. Brainstorm on recipe ideas where you could have one meal today and use leftovers for another tomorrow. Pinterest!!!! Example: Rottiserie chicken and steamed fresh veggies with a cup of brown rice today. Tomorrow left over chicken pulled of bone on fresh spinach, butter lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, roma tomatoes and handful of nuts. It’s all about creativity, stop taking short cuts.
3. When you get home from grocery shopping take an hour of your day and clean and prep your fruits and veggies for the week. This is a timesaver to morning smoothies and all your other meal prepping. This will save you tremendous amount of time during the week I promise.
- Clean all your fruits (except bananas) in a sink full of water with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak for about 10 minutes. Water will be dirty fruits will be clean and wax free.
- If you buy grapes or strawberries, pick the grapes of the vine and clean the strawberries. Put in clear plastic container in fridge.
- Clean and cut your carrots (I don’t buy baby carrots, I buy big organic carrots, I don’t believe in baby carrots to be real lol)
- Clean the rest of your veggies and put in clean containers so they will be visible to you when you open your fridge.
4. While you are cleaning your veggies put a couple of cups of rice or quinoa on the stove and cook it, place in fridge when done. You can use this for side dishes in week ahead.
5. Boil a dozen of eggs, boiled eggs can be in the fridge for up to 7 days, these are your easy snack or breakfasts on the go. Make an oatmeal for breakfast and eat your boiled egg for protein 🙂
6. Always have avocado in stock. If you are running short on time and do not know what to make for lunch grab a avocado and a tomato with 2 slices of wheat or Ezekiel bread. At lunch mash the avocado and spread on toast add the sliced tomatoes..oh and that boiled egg you have in fridge grab that too 🙂
7. Clean and marinate your meat before you put it in freezer bags then freeze. The morning before you leave for work just transfer your meat from freezer to fridge it will thaw to fridge temp and sit in that marinate by the time you get home. Grill it, bake it, or prep however you like, grab that rice and fresh veggies and dinner is done 20-30 minutes.
8. Keep your pantry clean and organized and junk free. If you bring junk in the house you will eat it. Do not use your kids for an excuse for buying chips and junk food. Shame on you if you feed your kids that. (I have been attacked by this statement before and I still stand firmly by it, if you think your body deserves healthy food why doesn’t your childs).
9. For salty cravings for you and the family stock up on nuts, that’s as long as your family is nut allergy free. Otherwise visit your health food store like Trader Joes, Kroger (healthy food section), Sprouts, Farmers Market and you will find healthier chips options like Pop Chips and Veggie Straws and other low sodium items. These are of course not 100% healthy but they are better than the “other” options.
10. Stock up on regular oatmeal, organic cereals. Make homade pancakes and freeze for the week ahead for your kids. Involve your kids in the food prep, if they help they will more likely to eat it.