Why does everyone think they don’t have enough time to eat healthy?
It’s not about time, it’s about motivation and a little planning ahead.
I’d like to argue that it takes the same amount of time to prepare something healthy as it does to drive thru your favorite fast food establishment.
All it takes is what I call the 3 P’s… Plan, Purchase, and Prepare.
Plan – Pick a day and time of the week that you will sit down, think about 5 dinners to make and write a grocery list. This can take 5 minutes or an hour; it depends on if you are looking up new recipes in cookbooks or online or if you have a mental list of meals you like to make.
Purchase – Sounds easy. But, it can be difficult, I understand. Plan on a time that you will go to the grocery store – WITH your list (do not leave it on the kitchen counter!) Get everything you need for the 5 dinners as well as fresh fruit for snacks.
Prepare – Decide on a time to do some prep work for the week. Look through your recipes and determine what can be done ahead of time. For example, do your meals require chopped vegetables, minced garlic, blended sauces or whole grains? If so, take 1-2 hours to do this for all of the meals. Some will argue that vegetables may lose some of their nutrients once they are cut and chopped. But, of course they will still have great health benefits, far outweighing burgers and fries. Put each component in a sealed container or ziplock bag in the fridge labeled with the day you’ll make it.
Ideally, do your 3 P’s on the weekend when you have more time. Then, when weekday dinner times creep up on you – you will be ready. Simply, take out the labeled day and finish it off!
For quick and healthy dinner ideas, please email me at Debbie@NutritionAndHealthCounseling.com.