If you think you haven’t got time to make healthy food choices, think again!
There are plenty of tricks and habits you can implement so you can make healthy food choices without taking time out of your busy day. With the end of year fast approaching (hello xmas just around the corner) these time saving techniques will ensure you can keep on top of everything and keep you and your family healthy at the same time.
Make sure you are well stocked
If you have easy access to healthy food you will be more likely to eat well so stock your kitchen with plenty of fresh produce and ingredients that you can make healthy meals and snacks from. Visit your local farmers market or fruit and veg shop every week and stock up on plenty of seasonal, fresh and colourful produce that you can snack on and plan your meals around (See point 3 below). It is also important to have a pantry stocked full of wholefood ingredients so you are well equipped to make healthy food quickly and easily. You can download my favourite wholefood pantry ingredients here.
Pack your lunch
This tip is life changing for many of the mums I work with but oh so simple. If you are anything like me you try and get the kids lunchboxes packed the night before so why not pack yourself lunch at the same time. Even if you are going to be at home having lunch ready and waiting for you in the fridge will mean you will
- Eat lunch – I can’t believe how many mums I work with skip lunch and then wonder why they crave sugar in the afternoon!
- Make a healthier choice than if you just reach for the quickest, yummiest thing you can get your hands on.
So have a plate on the bench while you are making dinner and add some raw or cooked veggies, left over protein and even some greens from the garden and before you know it you will have a delicious salad waiting for you in the fridge when lunchtime hits.
Reverse meal plan
I wrote a blog a while ago about why I don’t believe in meal plans. Instead I like to reverse meal plan. How you ask? First and foremost source fresh and seasonal produce. On your weekly shopping trip (which is hopefully to the market or local fruit and veg shop and butcher) source the produce that looks fresh, is abundant and usually cheaper to. Then plan your meals around that once you get home. That way you know what you are having every night but your not following a meal plan that is written by a celebrity trainer or health coach that doesn’t make the most of seasonal produce which is both cheaper and more nutritious.
Have you heard of mamabake? It is a fantastic grass roots movement that encourages mums to get together and cook in big batches. Everyone cooks a big pot of something and then divvies it up between everyone so you get to socialise and connect with other mums while you cook and then leave with a car boot full of meals to put in the freezer! You can of course do this on a smaller scale and have a family cooking day, where you all get involved and make a week or even a fortnights worth of meals in one go. Being prepared like this reduces those ‘let’s just get takeaway’ nights we all have when we can’t be bothered thinking about (let alone cooking) a meal.
Smoothies are the ultimate in fast food! All you need is a good blender ( I love my Vitamix) and the rest is up to your imagination! You can fit so much nutrition into a glass with a smoothie and they are super-fast to make too. I love a mixture of mango, mint and spinach or pineapple, lemon and parsley. There are so many options and smoothies are so versatile. You can literally fit a meal in a glass for breakfast or lunch or you can make a lighter snack smoothie to keep you nourished between meals.
Grow your own
Have you ever been caught out without the right herbs to make the meal you had in mind or paid an exorbitant amount for a tiny bunch of tasteless herbs wrapped in a heap of plastic from the supermarket? Growing your own herbs is super easy, saves you heaps of money and encourages you to be adventurous and try new meal ideas with your abundant crop. You can of course grow more produce but if you are starting out herbs and greens are great. You reap rewards quickly and can simply pick what you need to add fabulous flavour (as well as a heap of health benefits) to your food. No more unnecessary trips to the shops for that bunch of herbs you need!
Healthy eating has become way too complicated and I want to simplify it for you without the need for dieting, counting calories or fad exercise programs! My approach is all about delicious, satisfying foods combined with a healthy lifestyle, focusing on feeling good and the looking good will follow!
I have put together a free video program where you can find the secrets to feeling and looking great with real food. We cover:
- How to eat healthy when you have no time
- The 3 food mistakes that are making you tired and
- My number 1 food secret to boost your health