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