Having too little time to cook is a common obstacle for many people to eat healthy. At the same time, preparing your own meals is a key factor in weight control. Even when meal preparations are rushed, it’s possible to find ways to eat healthier. Tasty, nutritious meals don’t require a lot of cooking time, but they do require that you plan ahead.
Your survivor’s guide -> Here are the tips to help you eat well on a busy schedule.
- Plan a week’s worth of meals at a time. Make a detailed grocery list to eliminate last-minute trips to the grocery store.
- Devote time on the weekend to preparing meals for the coming week. Consider making several meals and freezing them in meal-size batches.
- Remember that healthy meals don’t have to be complicated. Serve a fresh salad with fat-free dressing, a whole-grain roll and a piece of fruit.
- Keep staple ingredients on hand for making basic meals. For example, you can quicky mix together rice, beans and spices for a Tex-Mex casserole.
- Have family members help in the kitchen. Split up the tasks to save time.
- On days when you don’t have time to make a healthy meal, stop at a deli or grocery store and purchase a healthy sandwich, soup or prepared entree that’s low in calories and low in fat.