Food for Days

I have people ask me periodically for tips and advice about ways to lose weight, eat healthier, etc. One of the things I often hear is, “I just don’t have the time”. In today’s fast paced world, people want things better, bigger and faster. As a mom of a two year old boy and a full time nurse who works 12 hour shifts and a *gasp, do I dare say the word?* … athlete, I definitely understand the need for speed, especially in the kitchen.

One of the things I strive to do for my health is to eat less processed foods. Foods that are highly processed contain more sugar, sodium, fat, preservatives and chemicals than fresh foods. Processed foods are popular because they are fast, easy and they have a long shelf-life. I have found a few ways to make fresh foods with more convenience.

My biggest time saver is cooking food in advance. When I’m getting ready for the work week, I like to cook up all my food for the week and put it in individual containers in the refrigerator so that I can just grab it and throw it in my lunch box each day before work. I also make sure that Hubby has enough food for the week as well. This cuts down on my cleaning time because I don’t have to worry about washing all the pots and pans from where he’s cooked.

This morning I made up a huge pan of Tofu Vegetable Stirfry and a big pot of rice.

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I also made a big bowl of Cucumber Dill Pasta Salad.

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On my fridge I keep a running list of items I need from the store and food that we have the ingredients to make. I find that having a list of meals I have the ingredients for already very helpful.

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Cooking meals ahead of time saves me money by not being tempted to order out when I’m at work. It also helps ensure that I stick with a healthy diet. Some of the things that I have found that refrigerate really well are: casseroles, pasta (especially lasagna, manicotti, jumbo shells), stirfry, soups and stews, and cooked vegetables.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

This morning I took my bike out for a spin. I wore my regular shoes and didn’t attempt the clipless pedals today. I’ve decided I’m not comfortable enough on my bike yet to try the pedals again for quite a while. I need to gain some confidence first. I’m going to have Hubby take the bike and have regular pedals or cage pedals put on it until I have more experience and feel comfortable trying the clipless ones again.

I rode 10.07 miles in 38:19.

It wasn’t nearly as fun riding alone as it was riding with Hubby a few days ago. I really want to learn to love cycling, but I’m definitely not there yet.

I treated myself to my new favorite breakfast when I got home.

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A toasted Bagel Thin with natural peanut butter on one side, sliced banana, and honey and Nutella and banana on the other side. Super delish!

I’m off to do some chores before heading back to work tonight. See you in a few days!

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7 responses to “Food for Days

  1. Cherri Slomiany

    Great tips, Amanda. Love the list on the ‘fridge.

  2. Hello! Nice post with good tips! The only downside to cooking is that it requires you to have a fairly big fridge and/or freezer I guess. But it certainly is a great time saver! 🙂 The only thing I did not really get was the argument that you cook for your husband too so you won’t have to clean up his dishes? I mean, surely he can do that himself!? But I guess as long as the system works for you and your family that’s all that matters. I just thought it was a strange argument =)

    • He certainly can clean up his dishes, but he doesn’t do it always in a timely manner. So its just easier all the way around for me to do it this way. He also works a more than full time job and takes care of a 2 year old while I’m working nights, so dishes aren’t a priority.

  3. Allison

    Hello, you don’t know me but I found your blog from my dads. ( Duane)

    I was wondering if you would made sharing the recipes for the tofu stir fry and cucumber dill pasta salad. I am always looking for more vegetarian recipes and those look delicious. You can email me @ steelefamily03@gmail.com

    Thank you!!!

    • I’ll be glad to share this with you, give me a couple days and I’ll send them to your email. I’m in the middle of my three 12 hour work days right now and I barely have extra time to breathe. LOL.

  4. I’m so impressed with your weight loss. Great tips on preparing and eating meals through the week. It’s my first time visiting your blog! Good luck with the bike – my daughter saw someone with the special pedals on a bike and she commented “That bike has no pedals!” It looks pretty cool.

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