4 Simple Steps To Eating Healthy Without Being A Slave To Your Kitchen
If you follow me at all on social media, you’ll know that I am a BIG proponent of eating healthy, delicious whole foods. Simple foods make me happy, and let’s face it, homemade is best when it comes to eating.
It’s my passion and mission in life to introduce as many people to this delicious way of living as I possibly can, because when you change your food and the quality of your food, it literally changes EVERYTHING.
Are you eating real, whole foods as much as you’d like?
One of the secrets to living a healthy lifestyle that has kept me on track for many, many years is my favorite motto: Cook once, eat two (or many more) times! This is the best way that I’ve found to be sure I succeed when it comes to eating whole foods.
So how do I do this? I pick a day (usually Sundays work great!) and prep our whole-food meals once for the entire week.
What does this do for me and what can it do for you? Well, it saves me time, money and stress in my life (when I get really busy during the week).
Now that my boyfriend, Peter, and I have been eating delicious whole-food meals for many, many years, there is no chance that we will ever go back to eating processed or low-quality food, so my motto has served us both really well.
I truly believe if you are just starting out with healthy eating or you are a really busy person with work and kids and many activities, this is the BEST plan that will allow you to stay on track with eating healthy.
I begin meal planning by making a list of recipes and meals I’d like to prepare for the upcoming week. I create a list based on what I will have for mostly lunches and dinners.
I also add in some yummy snacks, too, to enjoy if I get hungry between meals. I use my shopping list as my guide when I’m off to the store to buy all the goodies that will go into my creations for the week.
So how do I find healthy whole-food meals to make? Well, the Internet is a fantastic resource.
By using Google or another search engine, you can find literally thousands of healthy delicious recipes that will whet your palate and put a big smile on your face.
My other favorite resource is using cookbooks. My Eat Delicious Food Seasonal Recipe eBooks are available for instant download on my site, and they are jam-packed with some of the most delicious recipes you’ve ever tasted (I swear I am not being bias here!).
Another great resource is to order a cookbook from Amazon.com and have delivered right to your door. I usually buy cookbooks that were recommended by a friend or colleague, so I know that they are worth buying.
I will share some of my favorites at the bottom of this post on this page to help you get started, too.
Step 2: Creating Your Masterpiece Meals
When I get home from my health food store, I keep out the items that I am going to use to create my meals for the week, and then I get to washing my produce and cooking my meals.
During the week, I typically have a warm breakfast recipe from one of my Back to Basics Whole Foods Seasonal Cleanses, a healthy and delicious breakfast smoothie or organic pastured eggs with spinach, olive oil and kimchi on the side for a quick breakfast.
These are staples of mine for breakfast, so I already know what I need to buy each week in order to make them without putting too much thought into it.
I usually prepare my smoothie the night before so that I am not rushed in the morning, which starts my day off on a nice calm note.
Many of my breakfast recipes, especially smoothies, are great for a mid-morning snack or lunch to take with me, which is also fabulous if I’m short on time.
I generally prepare big batches of veggies to use in our lunches and dinners. I start with washing the produce, and then I set it aside to dry and move on to slicing, dicing and dividing the veggies into glass containers for use in cooking and in salads.
I am also a big fan of using a crock pot to make soups and other no-fuss meals, which makes life so much easier for me and I know it will for you, too.
Step 3: Assembling Your Delicious Meals
I am all about getting back to basics and keeping things simple, simple, simple.
So how do I do this? I make a large salad in advance for the week and toss in extra goodies and dressings when we’re ready to eat.
When I’m on the go during the week, I bring my delicious food with me in glass containers and mason jars, which work fabulously because you can add your meal to them, throw on a lid and go, go, go.
I pack my healthy food inside an insulated bag that looks like a pocketbook (mine is so cute! see above) with a freezer block, and I’m on my way, armed with my whole-food meals to help me thrive throughout my day!
For dinners during the week, most times I make two main dishes, one of which is always a soup, because soups are super easy to make, they freeze well and are easy to heat up during the week if I get busy.
Step 4: Storing For Success!
Once all of my delicious recipes are made and my food is prepped to make my life easier, I store everything in glass containers and stack them in the fridge or freeze them in the freezer for later in the week, and this way I have fresh homemade whole-food meals for us all week long that can be eaten in minutes.
And, BOOM, that’s how you eat healthy without being a slave to your kitchen all week.
It may take a few weeks of using the four steps to get used to (like anything else in life), and once you find your groove, I promise you it will be worth it. Food is medicine and it changes everything, so get started today, and let me know how it goes for you. xo
So what are you having for meals this week?
To your health and happiness…