A common question I receive is... “How can I eat healthy from home and still have a tasty variety of food?”
Here are a few simple tips I put together to share with you...
Buy Frozen Fruits & Vegetables
Frozen foods usually have a longer shelf life and this makes them cheaper than their fresh counterparts and they last so much longer. Extra bonus- they are already clean, prepped and chopped, so that's a huge time saver! Since good vendors pack their frozen fruits and vegetables right from the farms, many of the nutrients are locked in, thus ensuring that the frozen produce retains all its nutritional value.
Freeze Your Leftovers
Studies have shown that the average family of four in the US throws away about 40% of the food that they purchase every year. However, these leftovers can easily be frozen and reheated. By doing this, you’ll avoid wasting such large quantities of food that would otherwise end up in the garbage bin and therefore spend much less at the grocery store. Defrosting and reheating frozen meals are a huge time and stress saver on those crazy days or nights when cooking just isn't going to happen.
Take Full Advantage of Fruits
Fruits can be just as filling as chocolate or crisps, provide much more nutritional value and contain a lot less calories. They are just as quick and easy to eat so even if you are super busy, fruits are the perfect snack food.
Go Nuts for Nuts
Nuts are another fantastic, healthy food that you can use as a substitute for crackers or chips. They provide your body with a selection of health boosting vitamins and minerals along with good amounts of protein and fat.
Incorporate Vegetables into Every Meal
This may sound like too much of an effort when your time is limited. However, if you choose the right vegetables it hardly takes up any of your time at all. Salads, sun dried tomatoes, chopped veggies can now all be purchased from supermarkets in a ready to eat form. Chopped tomatoes can be heated up and used as a sauce in under five minutes.
Buy Lean Fish & Meats
When you are busy and have forgotten to bring your healthy packed lunch, grabbing a quick burger or hot dog might seem like the best option. However, there are plenty of healthier meat choices out there. Most hot deli counters allow you to buy roasted chicken which is both tasty and nutritious. Most supermarkets also sell cooked chicken breast slices. Lean meats are just as quick to eat as burgers and hot dogs but provide your body with higher quality protein and no "nasty" added ingredients.
Try Homemade Sauces
Making and canning your own homemade sauce can save you money. You can use many locally sourced fruits and vegetables for the ingredients and these will cost a fraction of what you’ll end up spending on one bottle of ketchup. The best part about making your own sauce is that they taste so much better than the processed sauces you’ll find in stores. Plus, there are many free recipes on the internet that can help you get started making your own sauces instantly.
Prepare Your Healthy Meals In Advance
Plan your healthy meals in advance and write a shopping list for the week ahead. This will allow you to control how much you spend on groceries and minimizes the last minute scramble of 'what's for dinner.'
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Jennifer Castro is the owner of JAC Wellness Solutions. She is a Health Educator, Nutritionist, and Patient Advocate specializing in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. When she was diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease, she knew she had no choice but to step up her game and become a detective for her own health. Coach Jenny is studying to become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach while creating course content for health coaches and educators. She created an educational program for preschool teachers called Jump & Roll Fitness. The program provides lesson plans on how to create healthy habits for preschoolers. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small businesses, wellness, and medical practitioners. This blog is ALL about health, well-being, nutrition, lifestyle and kitchen hacks. She also tells stories of her own personal health journey. Coach Jenny loves to garden, spend time with her hubby, and loves to bake new recipes. She likes to put her own "healthy" spin on her and her hubby's favorite sweet treats.
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