Healthy eating does not have to be complicated.
We’re all busy with the demands of our daily lives. So how do busy people on a budget find inexpensive and simple ways to incorporate healthy eating? Here you’ll find some quick tips to help you achieve and sustain that goal.
Healthy Eating Inexpensively and Easily
Prepare often-used ingredients ahead of time, and keep them in air-tight containers for easy access. Some examples:
- Clean & slice green onions
- Cook a large batch of rice or quinoa in a rice cooker
- Bake & slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Make hard-boiled eggs for a quick & easy lean protein boost to your diet
Healthy Eating Tip #2
Use indispensable gadgets to make it easier and less time-intensive to prepare healthy meals:
- Rice cooker with a steamer insert – for cooking rice, quinoa & steamed vegetables.
- Crock pot – for slow cooking foods.
- Food processor – a time-saver for mincing, pureeing & mixing foods.
- Apple slicer – for slicing apples to get the most from them quickly.
- Stay-fresh bags for produce – reusable bags that keep fruits & vegetables fresher longer.
- Glass storage containers with lids – to store pre-made foods & leftovers, making storing foods & saving money much easier.
- Eggies® – a surprisingly simple & helpful gadget that makes shell-less hard-boiled eggs. My favorite: hard-boiled eggs without cholesterol-filled yolks.
Healthy Eating Tip #3
Get more fruits and vegetables into your diet by storing them in air-tight containers for tasty, easy, anytime snacking. Some examples:
- Sliced apples
- Kale chips
- Baby carrots
- Sliced cucumbers
- Chunks of jicama
- Dried, unsweetened fruits
Other ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet:
- Add pureed fresh leeks, squash, kale or other vegetables to most any sauce.
- Or, add organic baby food such as carrots, squash or peas to most any sauce.
- Eat a salad or other vegetable with every dinner, and eat the salad first.
- Make your salads more interesting and colorful by trying new combinations of ingredients (I like adding mango and cilantro to my green salad).
Healthy Eating Tip #4
Have a meal plan for each week. Decide what meals you want to have for the week, and then determine what can be made ahead and what you need to purchase from the grocery store. Also, make extra servings of your favorite meals – leftovers are great for lunches, or can be frozen and eaten later. By doing some simple planning and sticking to the plan you’ll spend less money, waste less food and enjoy healthy eating.
Catherine Mason is a writer, former educator, and someone who has multiple food allergies. As Tribe Leader & Chief Wellness Coach at www.mydietribe.com, she helps people identify, assimilate and maintain sustainable health and wellness practices in their everyday lives, with a focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and financial wellness. Catherine may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@mydietribe).
What tips do you have for easy healthy eating?
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