We all wish we could eat as healthily as the dietitians as advise. Ever wonder how they even do it? Well we were able to get a little advice from people who do what we all dream of: eat for a living.
Most of the following tips are pertaining to healthier eating habits. However, we know this is not the only thing that keeps you from following dietary advice, so we’ve included some money-saving advice and tips to make your meals more fun. Follow all or just a few of these tips and your belly and bank account will thank you.
- Meal Plan For Real
Nobody likes to do it, but eating well requires planning. Having a solid meal plan each week will save time and headaches. It doesn’t take as long as you think to sit down and plan out your meals for the following week.
In order to make these meals, you will probably need food. It’s also just as important to prepare a shopping list before going to buy said food. Preparing both at the same time makes the entire process much easier.
It’s also important to stick to your shopping list. We know that all those shiny items at the store can be so tempting, but stick with your list to save money and avoid waste.
2. Bookmark Healthy Blogs and Sites
Keep a folder in your bookmarks for your favorite health sites. You can also have separate sub-folders for different categories like recipes, shopping tips and others.
It’s also a good idea to start keeping track of some of the best health blogs and stay up to date on any new trends. My personal favorite is Undergroundhealth.com (see what I did there?), but there are tons of great ones out there. This way, you won’t have to spend time searching around the internet when you could be eating.
3. Cook in Advance
There are certain types of foods that you are going to need for several of your meals during the week. Instead of going through the trouble of cooking the same thing over and over, just do a big batch and keep them in the fridge.
Simple things like vegetables, grains and beans are easy to store and can be used for many meals. You can take a little time early in the week to cook all of your staples and save a lot of trouble later on.
4. Store Food Properly
Now that you have your staples cooked, you need to know what to do with them. Outside of the obvious, there are tons of benefits to proper food storage.
There are several helpful YouTube videos with advice on food storage, and we have a few more easy tips.
- Give veggies room to breath. Wrap them loosely in plastic wrap or punch holes in containers.
- If you wash your greens, pat them dry and place them in a plastic bag before storage.
- Don’t store fruits and vegetables together. Fruits give off a high amount of the ripening agent ethylene which can ruin the veggies stored with them.
- Delicate fruits like berries, grapes and citrus should go in the fridge. Apples, pears, avocados, tomatoes and melons can go on the counter.
5. Don’t Let Your Food Go to Waste
Proper storage is also important to avoid letting your food go to waste. We all remember how much the starving kids in China would love the spinach we refused to eat as kids, but there is actually a lot of truth in that. In 2012, Americans wasted nearly 40 percent of the food we produced.
Only buy what you will need when grocery shopping. There is no use in buying something that will only be thrown out next week, when you knew you’d never eat those Asian pears to begin with.
If there is food leftover from a meal, there is a good chance it can be used in another dish later. At the very least, you can make an “end of the week stew,” with all the good stuff that wasn’t eaten earlier. That way, you don’t even have to tell anyone it’s leftovers.
6. Stick to the “Clean 15”
While we would love to be able to buy all organic, all the time, it can get to be a little pricey. That was one reason the Environmental Working Group created a list of fifteen foods that contain the least amount of pesticides. When you can’t afford to buy organic, these foods should still be OK from the supermarket. They also have a list of the “Dirty Dozen” foods that you should always buy organic.