In a recent post, I shared with you how I became unhealthy in my work at home lifestyle and how I’m making changes now. In order to drive my point home and help you do the same, I’ve asked my friend and healthy work-at-home mama Brittnei Washington to stop by the blog and help us feel better and stay motivated! You can read her first post in the series here. Take it away, Brittnei!
Perhaps you are thinking that you absolutely have no time to be healthy. I don’t blame you. Starting a new business or a new endeavor leaves very little time for things like spending hours in the kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals from scratch, right? Wrong! There is a way to eat healthy and spend half as much time in the kitchen. I’m going to give you some pointers to help you spend less money and time in the kitchen. Consider the following:
1. Plan your meals in advance. Once you know what you are going to make, you can create a shopping list from that. I’m like a Pinterest and Blogger fanatic so I am always finding yummy healthy recipe ideas from those two places. You can do the same! But planning your meals helps you waste less food and is a sure way to spend less because you are buying what you need.
2. Buy from your local farmers first. Local farmers tend to have great deals. Remember, you are only buying your produce for the week. This is more cost effective, especially since buying fresh is best.
3. Buy in season. Fruits and veggies that are in season are usually the least expensive. At times it can be difficult to know what is in season or not because many grocery stores offer a lot of produce all year round. Here is a helpful link that has a list of when it is best to buy produce during the year.
4. Buy organic only when it is absolutely necessary. Ideally most of us would want to buy organic everything because it sounds healthy, but did you know that there are some things that you do not have to purchase organic? My rule of thumb is, if the skin is thin or if the fruit or vegetable is porous, I will buy it organic. Example: Apples have a very thin skin. Celery and strawberries are extremely porous. All of these examples are best when purchased organic because the pesticides that are on them are high and hardest to remove so the residue from the pesticides used can still be on them even after you clean them off really well.
5. Prepare in bulk! I sometimes make recipes that we can eat for a day or 2 or for several meals. Like with chicken for example, you can purchase for 2 nights and create your own marinade. Make half for dinner and put the other half in a container with the marinade in the refrigerator to make as an addition to a salad for another meal. I love making omelet pies and muffins that can be eaten at any time of the day. Check out these two posts I wrote on ideas for making White Omelet Pie and Spinach Feta Cheese Pie.
An easy, healthy way to prepare your veggies for dinner is to roast them. You can put them on a baking sheet covered with foil. Sprinkle olive oil on the pan before you lay them on it. Add some salt and pepper. Let them bake for about 350-375 degrees for approximately 20-40 minutes depending on how much you have but until they are tender.
The next post in this series can be found here.
Brittnei is a bubbly wife to Harroll Washington and mom to Harroll, Jr. who loves homemaking, beauty, decor, crafts, football and healthy living. She and her husband Harroll have a home business helping people virtually and in person to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles. Visit her website, HomemakingWithStyle.com, where she blogs about motherhood and healthy living.