Much like our busy lives, our meals have to fit a “grab it and run” style of preparation. The problem is, the quickest foods to access are often the least healthful. This post gives you no excuse for the time crunch you struggle with. Below are a few quick tips to help you eat well for your speedy lifestyle.
Shop and Cook Only Once a Week. At the beginning of each week I buy everything I will need to cook for the following week. For breakfast I use the same products – cereal, oatmeal, toast or eggs – so I simply restock. As for lunch, dinner, and the snacks in between, I cook and store them all for the week. This leads me to my next point.
Buy in Bulk. Eating well can be expensive. In order to eat what I want, I buy bulk sizes at the store. Bulk sizes are often cheaper than the regular sized product; however, this type of shopping can be tricky because sometimes prices are misleading. Check the “per unit” in the top right corner of the price label for a quick price comparison.
Pack, Pack, Pack! I use the freezer ziploc storage containers for anything that must be frozen and reheated. I have smaller containers for things like sliced tomatoes if I am going to have sandwiches for lunch during the week. If I am traveling – which is a constant thing for me – I will pack my food for the entire day the night before. This stress free preparation allows me to eat more cheaply and healthfully.
Don’t pack foods like chicken or eggs more than a day out because they can go bad quickly. If in doubt, stay on the safe side and look up the food storage life for the food of concern.
Additionally, I store leftover foods like an extra half an onion in the freezer. Store products that you consume on a daily basis with a measuring cup or teaspoon in the container. I do this with my oatmeal, sugar, and salad toppings if I am having salad during the week.