It is possible to save time while eating more fresh food. Enjoying a healthy diet does not have to eat up big chunks of your time. The following 6 food preparation tips help you eat more fruits and vegetables and enjoy the health benefits those foods deliver, while saving you time in the process.
1 – Keep Frozen Vegetables on Hand
Bulk size and single serving portions of frozen vegetables are available in most supermarkets and grocery stores. This requires little preparation and cleanup, allowing you to eat healthy without a big time investment.
2 – Make a Plan
When you plan your meals a week at a time, you control just how much fruits and vegetables you eat. Set aside 1 day each week to write out a meal plan, and then use that as a basis for your shopping list.
3 – Purchase Several Single Serving Containers
Choose 4 ounce to 8-ounce re-sealable glass containers. Plastic can contain unhealthy BPA’s, and glass allows you to tell with a glance exactly what food is contained inside. Purchase as many single serving containers as you need to make the following tip possible.
4 – Cook Once, Eat All Week
This is virtually the same advice as Tip #6 from a previous section. You cook one time for the entire week. You then portion out serving sizes and store in your refrigerator and freezer for quick and easy access, with little cleanup.
5 – Buy in Bulk
When you buy vegetables and fruits in bulk you can save a lot of money. This also saves valuable time, as you spend less time shopping and running back and forth from your home to the grocery store.
6 – Get the Whole Family Involved
Two people can do most jobs in the kitchen faster than one. Get your whole family involved in your healthy eating plan. This provides an excellent family bonding opportunity, and saves your personal time by sharing your kitchen tasks.