Food Prepping

Hi All,

One of the biggest challenges to eating healthier, is all the cooking and food prep that usually goes along with eating healthy foods.

Eating out at restaurants, fast-food or otherwise, isn’t a sustainable way to get whole foods and steady nutrition in your “eating style”. Cooking at home, at least some of the time, is usually a necessary activity.

For me, I’ve found that if I take some time within a day or two of my shopping trips, and cut up my fresh veggies and do some steaming, and maybe roasting, I have a lot of whole food to eat for several days. It really curbs my desire to eat out or buy impulse items at the store.

Today, for example, I took some time at lunch and did the following (within about 15 minutes):

  • Peeled and chopped a cucumber
  • Cut 3 small bell peppers into strips
  • Sliced half a dozen button mushrooms and sauteed on the stove
  • Cut up a watermelon radish (something new I saw at the store!)

I got the mushrooms started first, and while they sautéed in some water (I rarely use oil on the stove these days), I did my chopping. I put some of my newly chopped/cooked veggies in a bowl with some previously cooked quinoa and spinach (steamed), added some home-made dressing, and a lunch was born!

I am not a chef or fancy cook. But I manage to eat whole foods most of the time. (Yes, it is a bit easier since it’s just me, but you can groom your family members into healthier eaters!! I know you can!) It takes some planning and having a solid list of regular foods that you buy.

I now buy more food at Costco, since they do have some organic options. I steam most of the greens – and if I don’t think I’ll eat them all, I freeze some in small bags for later. (Lately I’ve been eating them all up! Good for me!) That’s a great option if you have a family to buy for.

If you haven’t yet, join my email list and you can download my free Eat More Veggies e-book. It gives you some simple ways to get more veggies into your eating style. Already a veggie-lover? I’ll bet you can add a new one or two. I discovered Watermelon Radishes at the store this week. Something new & different, and very colorful! (They look like a watermelon inside, but definitely taste more like a radish.)

You can join my email list HERE.

Here’s to being healthier, day by day!

Mary Z





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