Maintain a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Having a healthy diet doesn’t happen by accident—being prepared is the name of the game—helping us to ensure we make healthy decisions when hunger strikes in the middle of a busy day. Being strategic about your grocery shopping, as well as taking extra time in the kitchen after a shop to wash, chop, season, and roast our veggies will not only save time day-to-day but will also eliminate the impulse to reach for artificial foods in times of high stress. That may feel good at the moment (and let's be real, it's great to treat ourselves every once in a while), but keeping our health in check is key. Not only are we then serving our body by consuming nutrient-dense foods, but we're maintaining the health of our immune systems, which is so important, now more than ever!
Things To Think About
- If you get a little flustered at the thought of big grocery shops, followed by prep, I'd suggest sitting down the day before you're set to do your shopping and compile a list. As the day goes on, continue to add items to the list—giving yourself some time to think as there are always a few items that we end up forgetting! Once you're home and ready to prep, I’d suggest turning on a podcast or music, making a hot beverage, and making the most of the methodical process that is food prepping. Here are a few core steps when preparing your healthy meals in bulk.
- For tasty and more easily digestible greens, dressing and seasoning are key. Not only does massaging dense leafy greens (such as kale) with olive oil, lemon juice, and some salt make them easier on the stomach, but it also makes them much more appetizing!
- Hearty veggies like carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli hold up well in the fridge after being roasted and are an awesome addition to salads, rice bowls and sandwiches, alike.
- Preparing sauces, dips and dressings to have on hand is an amazing way to speed up meal prepping. While your veggies are roasting, whip up a flavourful tahini dressing, a black bean hummus, or spicy za'atar to jazz up your meals throughout the week.