After a long day at work, sometimes the easiest thing to do for dinner seems like ordering greasy takeout or buzzing by the drive thru. But even "healthy" fast food isn't always the best option. Below are some practical tips and resources to help build fast and healthy meal planning into your routine.
First of all, make planning your meals a part of your weekly routine. While it may seem like a hassle to set aside yet another small piece of time, taking the opportunity to organize your shopping list and plan meals ahead of time will save you not only time in the long run, but also money.
Decide on a day and time when you will do your grocery shopping in order to avoid costly and time consuming trips multiple times each week.
For instance, say you choose Sunday morning as your shopping day and time. Saturday afternoon, take just 15 minutes to sit down and:
- Lifehacker's: "What to Eat to Power through Your Workday"
- MedicineNet.com's: "Cheap and Healthy Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for Grownups"
Once you have the food, you still may find it hard to summon up the energy to pull together a delicious, healthy dinner. Not to fear! These websites give some ideas of tasty meals you can whip together in a flash.
Also, look for recipes that serve more than one person or double your recipes so that you have plenty of leftovers. You can bring these leftovers for lunch throughout the week, or even freeze them so you'll always have something available to defrost in the microwave when you're in a pinch.
And don't shy away from preparing these recipes because you're worried about kitchen cleanup.
Cooking healthfully is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. In fact, many people find being in the kitchen to be quite meditative.
Think of preparing dinner as a tasty, welcomed transition between your day and evening duties. Bon appétit!