Because of our busy lifestyles, we mostly look for convenience and instant gratification. This applies to what we eat as well as what we do. Often, we don’t eat right as a result.
We all want to save on stress, and forget the worry of “what shall we eat tonight, hun!”
It helps to have the best healthy cookware but easing the burden of creating a healthy meal each night goes beyond that. The following may help.
Ready-made meal plans are available online, in magazines, and in apps. Some you pay for, like these, and some have free plans, like here. They have everything sorted but the physical food itself, mostly.
Some are a template for you to work on. You can download my weekly food planner here (a template).
It will be so much easier come time for cooking dinner at the end of your working day.
You won’t be opting for fast foods, and THINK there will be dollar savings and health benefits for you and your family.
Use your meal plan and check what needs replacing in your pantry/refrigerator. You can download my free list for weekly planning of meals and the shop.
Tip: Before you go shopping do a check of what you already have stored. It will save you dollars and avoid food waste, as well.
This is better for your health as these food-stuffs are likely to have fewer preservatives and higher content of nutrients than those shipped in from elsewhere, especially from overseas.
Tip: Visit fruit/vegetable markets and stalls, local butchers, and fish markets to buy locally to support your community also.
When you shop make sure to check the best-by dates of products and plan meals accordingly. This will make sure you get the most value in nutrition from your purchases
Tip: Consuming what you buy within use-by dates avoids food waste as well as the hit on your wallet.
You can get delivery of meals for the week (or just a couple of nights a week) in a complete kit of recipes and ingredients.
This certainly beats the “what should I get for dinner?”
Apart from eating out at a healthy food venue, this is an ultimate for busy people.
The weekly dinner menu can be varied according to your needs. Most services have a weekly dinner planner.
Shopping can be made easy with home delivery, like with AmazonFresh, available in the US, for unlimited grocery delivery at a monthly rate (See it here).
Amazon has even branched out into Fresh Meal Kits, available in the US yet to go wide, showing the popularity and increasing trend in meal planning services. There is a selection currently available and reasonably priced (see it here)
In Australia, you have Marley Spoon who is an example of services offering healthy recipe and meal box delivery that include seasonal recipes and ingredients.
You can have chemically free produce if you choose to garden this way. Good no-fuss examples that I have growing include lemons, tomatoes, pumpkins, parsley, basil, and rosemary.
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Is the kitchen the heart of your home where you eat? Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Or perhaps quite little. Either way, you do need to eat somewhere. haha!Nutritious food is important in caring for self. Whole raw foods have benefits. And, locally grown, organic is best for health and the planet.
Here's some ideas of eating well and wasting less to benefit your health, budget and the planet for tomorrow.