Complicated recipes, overflowing grocery carts, and nightly cooking can be roadblocks to healthy eating. Simplifying your nutrition-related tasks can help improve your diet and ease your stress. Use the tips below to start eating healthier today.
1. Give your kitchen some TLC.
The next time you do some organizing, pay special attention to your kitchen. It’s the perfect time to get rid of unhealthy options and take inventory of what you have and what you’re missing. Toss processed foods and go shopping for whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and veggies.
2. Cook in bulk.
Plan your meals, shop for ingredients, and cook once or twice a week instead of every night to save time. Foods that are easy to make in large batches include chicken, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, tomato sauces, stir-fries, and hearty veggie casseroles.
3. Buy healthy convenience foods.
Make snacking easier by stocking up on prepared foods that give you the nutrients you need. Lara or EAS bars, individually-packed nuts, and cut fruit and veggies are a few good options. With these healthy options on hand, you’ll be less likely to give into unhealthy cravings.
4. Make healthier choices when eating out.
If you’re in a bind and need something on the go, opt for salads with tons of veggies and topped with protein, sandwiches on 100% whole wheat bread or tortillas, items with beans or brown rice, and naturally-brewed green teas.
5. Sign up for a meal-delivery service.
If you find yourself eating out a lot and you don’t have the time to spend in the kitchen, consider a meal delivery service. For a similar amount of money to what you spend eating out, you can have balanced, nutritious meals delivered right to your doorstep.