I’m sure if you asked most people what hurdle they face to becoming healthier, they would answer “time”. Whether it’s a lack of time to find out what they should be eating, research different meals, shop for ingredients or cooking – time is the problem.
So given the fact we are all time poor, I wanted to share some quick tips you can start doing now, to help improve your health!
Step One: Getting Organised
Healthy eating requires a little planning. It may seem daunting at first but after awhile it becomes natural, promise! Here are some easy tips to get sorted:
- Shop online. It takes time in the beginning to set up your lists, but it will save you time later. Here is my process for shopping:
- Monthly – Woolworths online – for non perishable goods
- Monthly – Wholefood Hub online – for organic nuts etc.
- Weekly – Aussie Farmers Direct online – for dairy goods
- Weekly – Farmers Markets – for fruit, veggies and other local produce
- Plan Meals. Again can take time in the beginning, but knowing what you are going to eat saves money and time in thinking about it (I think that’s the part I dislike!). Spend the time initially to plan your weekly meals and snacks and get a system going. I generally write down what I’ll cook for the week on a Sunday, as well as make some snacks for the week. Use my handy meal planner template if need be!
- Maximise your time when you do cook:
- Make extra for dinner so you have leftovers for lunch, or even double your recipe and freeze extra portions to save for busy days!
- When grating or slicing cheese/carrots/other vegetables – always do extra. Then you always have containers of quick, healthy snacks ready to go.
- Wash all your fruit and veggies at once when you get home from buying them, then you don’t have to worry about what’s ready to eat later.
- Don’t waste food – even small leftovers can be kept and added to other things to make a more complete meal!
- Have some “go-to” meals and snacks that are super easy to make, so if you are tired one day you can just whip them up easily. Have a system for saving them such as Pinterest, so you can easily locate the recipe. Some examples are below!
Step Two: Have Some “Go to” Meals Ready
Here are 5 healthy meals you don’t need a recipe for:
- Slice chicken breast, place in baking dish & coat with coconut oil or butter & sprinkle with paprika or tumeric. Bake for approx 20 minutes & serve with a salad or veggies.
- Have a jar of organic pasta sauce in the cupboard. Add some extra veggies & serve with zucchini noodles or buckwheat pasta.
- Veggie stack – grill Haloumi and whatever veggies you have on hand (sweet potato, eggplant, capsicum etc) in a sandwich press.
- Veggie “Hash” – chop up some veggies (think pumpkin, spinach and peas or capsicum, mushrooms etc.) and pan fry in coconut oil. Once cooked remove from pan, lightly cook some pepitas and desiccated coconut and serve on top of the veggies with some natural yoghurt. You can also do the same just with vegetables and bacon (nitrate free!) Inspired by a recipe from IQS.
- Steak and Vege – simply cook some steak and/or sausages (preservative free) and serve with sweet potato chips (easiest way is to slice thinly, oil and bake in the oven – add some paprika or turmeric for extra flavour) or mash and some other veggies.
Bonus meal – I love quinoa, so although this is a recipe it is so simple and can be changed to basically anything you have on hand and it’s still great. Cook extra quinoa and freeze so you can easily defrost and make this another time!
For some more inspiration, this great post at My Kitchen Classroom has some great quick meal ideas! I’ll be trying some of these out myself.
To help everyone out, I’ve created a new Pinterest Board called “Healthy 30 minute meals”, where I’ll start saving meals that are sugar and gluten free and can be made in – you guessed it – 30 minutes or less. I’m going to make it a group board, so if you want to be able to contribute, just email or facebook message me and I’ll add you onto the list! Then if you find any recipes that fit the bill (or with easy substitution can be sugar and gluten free!!) then you can add them too.
So how was that? Would you say a lack of time is stopping you from being as healthy as you would like? If so, do any of these tips help?
Welcome to – Wellness Wednesdays!
This is the first “Wellness Wednesday” link up, hosted by myself and the lovely Dr Sash at From The Left Field. For all bloggers link up your wellness posts and for readers enjoy all the fantastic articles! Happening every Wednesday across both our blogs. Enjoy!
Note: for this first link up, please feel free to link up your favourite post – then each week link up a post from that week. Easy!