Do you ever feel like you’re too busy to eat healthy? I know I do! With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, healthy eating can seem tricky. But remember, it is important to make nutritious food choices as often as possible. Below are three tips to eat healthy in a hurry.
- Plan ahead
The first step to healthy eating is to have a plan. A couple weeks ago, we talked about meal planning. If you don’t plan to eat healthy, you are less likely to do it. It’s as simple as that! Take time to plan out your menus; make a shopping list; and do necessary food prep to have healthy foods on hand and ready to go. This can also help save money.
- Cook once eat twice
Make a large batch of a favorite food and serve it different ways throughout the week, or freeze it to use later. Many soups, stews, and casseroles freeze well. This will save you so much time later. Leftovers make great lunches or easy dinners the next day.
- Use a slow cooker
Many slow cooker recipes require little prep time and long, slow cooking times. Take a minute to throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and walk away. You’ll have a delicious and warm meal that’s quick later that day.
If you do not have a slow cooker, check out the tips and cooking times chart below:
|Traditional Over or Stovetop Low||Low Slow Cooker Setting (about 200°F)||High Slow Cooker Setting (about 300°F)|
|15 to 30 minutes||4 to 6 hours||1 ½ to 2 ½ hours|
|35 to 45 minutes||6 to 10 hours||3 to 4 hours|
|50 minutes to 3 hours||8 to 18 hours||4 to 6 hours|
Slow cooker meals can be a great way to save time in the busyness of life. Here are some of my favorite slow cooker meals:
- Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
- Slow Cooker Bread
- Paprika Chicken
- Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole