How to eat healthy every day? Stress-free cooking is what we want after a big day at the office. We don’t want a whole lot of thinking about ‘what are we going to eat tonite!’ Yet, fast foods, quick fixes, and those entirely unhealthy fillers are not the answer. Here are my 4-steps to rid that stress and enjoy healthy meals.
If you are in a rush and just want some quick and healthy dinner recipes, in answer to your what to eat tonight, check out these 20 ideas listed with LifeHack.
Otherwise, read on to find out how to ease the pain of preparing healthy meals at the end of every day.
How to Eat Healthy Every Day
- –> Compile a Healthy Meal Plan for the Week
- –> Go Shopping with a Shopping List
- –> Pin the Meal Plan in Plain Sight
- –> Get Some Healthy Meal Kits Delivered
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 and as a result, we look for things to make us feel better when all we really need is to cook a healthy meal each night. The following can help whether you hate cooking or just need a little help with healthy meal planning.
A HEADS UP: The first three steps below require you to do some initial thinking first up. If you aren’t into that, skip straight to STEP 4.
#1. Compile a Meal Plan for the Week
Write yourself up a meal plan for the week! Ready-made meal planners 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.
But, you can just do it yourself, if you’d rather. Make the planner pretty, if you are creative. In this case, you will need to choose recipes for your meals based on your preferred diet. You’ll find plenty of healthy dinner ideas online or in recipe books or magazines.
Believe me, if you are willing to spend the time and effort here, you will enjoy the benefits later and it’s worth every bit of taking the time out to do this. 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.
#2. Go Shopping With a Shopping List
Use your meal plan and write a shopping list of what you will need.
Tip: Before you go shopping do a check of what you already have stored in the pantry or in the refrigerator. It will save you dollars and avoid food waste, as well.
Try to buy local seasonal produce. 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. They would be better for taste as well.
Tip: Visit fruit/vegetable markets and stalls, local butchers, and fish markets to buy locally to support your community also.
Always Check Best-By or Use-By Dates. 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.
#3. Put the Plan in Plain Sight and Stick with It!
Put that plan somewhere you can’t miss it. On the refrigerator perhaps! Or as a screensaver. At the end of the day, you don’t need to think about what to cook, because you have the plan that will guide you and it includes the recipe, right?!
#4. Get Healthy Meal Kits Sent to Your Door
The easy option for healthy meals…
This next step is an added option. Simply go for meal kits. Apart from the convenience, another benefit of this is it avoids food waste because you only get in what you use — there is nothing left wilting in the vegetable tray. You can opt for this to help you eat healthily.
You can get delivery of meals for the week (or just a couple of nights a week). What to look for? Source those that arrive at your door fresh and well packaged so the goods do not spoil.
You can get complete kits of healthy dinner recipes, cooking tips, and ingredients. In this type, all the prep in sorting the meal plans, the recipes, and shopping is done for you.
This certainly beats the “what should I get for dinner tonight?” Apart from eating out at a healthy food venue, this has to be one of the ultimates for busy people.
Most services have a weekly dinner menu can be varied according to your needs.
Hello Fresh is one provider of delicious healthy meal kits that I’ve tried and love. You can check them out via the below link that includes a promo code for a discount if you choose to go with them.
What to Eat Tonight?
More tips to help with healthy meals every day…
- Use meal leftovers from a previous night if they are still fresh and healthy. Make sure to store leftovers in BPA-free containers.
- Use healthy meals that you’ve frozen in the past. Freezing food for future helps when you don’t feel in the mood for cooking. Make sure your freezer containers are BPA-free.
- Add fresh herbs or greens from your garden to increase the vitamins and minerals of quick and easy meals. You can try growing your own produce even, but herbs are an easy answer. You can also share what you grow with others. Try growing some herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the convenience of fresh produce at hand. You can have chemical-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.
It takes some planning to have healthy meals every day of the week. I hope the above has helped you in some way towards this.
What Are Your Tips for Healthy Meal Planning?
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Hi, I’m Mary-Anne. Apart from a PhD in Earth and Life Sciences, I have a whole heap of other life experiences. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.