Your health is an incredibly valuable asset – and the beautiful thing about it is that, to a certain extent, you have a ton of control over it. Preparing your own meals is an important component of that. You get to decide exactly what goes into your body to fuel its many endeavors.
I’m happy to say that these days I make my own food over 90% of the time. It’s such a rewarding and empowering way to live, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. But I must admit: It takes lots of time. I know that this time aspect is the main deterrent when it comes to the notion of preparing one’s own food, so today I want to share a couple of tips that will end up saving you lots of it. If you have anything to add, please share! Preparing your own meals is so, so worth it, and I love that we all have the ability to help each other by sharing our own words of wisdom on this very blog. :)
Plan your meals.
Meal-planning can be a daunting task. You just don’t feel like sitting down and coming up with everything you’ll eat for the week. What sucks a little more, though, is when you open your fridge and realize you’re not able to create a meal with what’s inside of it. This week, dedicate just 30 minutes to planning out your meals – and make it fun! Go on Pinterest and search for delicious-looking recipes. After you’ve decided on your main meals, list out the ingredients in different groups based on where you’ll find each item in the supermarket – I’ve been doing this for about a year, and it really makes food shopping such a breeze.
Wash all your produce at once.
This, too, may sound like a daunting task, but if you take just five or ten minutes to wash all your produce before putting it away, you’re giving your future self a really nice gift. When you go to make yourself a juice, smoothie, salad, or whatever else, you can just reach in, grab your ingredients, and get right to work. This is also really helpful when you just want to grab a handful of grapes on your way out the door.
Make breakfast overnight.
Mornings often seem to be the most crazy, rushed part of the day – and sometimes breakfast might just go forgotten. Vow to never again let yourself miss a breakfast. Instead, make it overnight! Meals like overnight oats and chia pudding are the best because they’re healthy, delicious, and ready for you as soon as you wake up.
Use a crockpot.
Crockpots are miracle workers. Just chop up some vegetables in the morning, throw them in with some broth, turn the pot on low, and go about your day as normal. Come dinner, a delicious homemade meal is ready and waiting for you… at the perfect temperature.
Have a weekly potluck.
If you’re the type to get sick of a meal before the leftovers are through, I think you should try hosting a potluck with your friends! Choose a night to have everyone over, and have each person bring a dish (or two) to your house. After you enjoy the night together, divide up the leftovers and send everyone home with a portion of each. If you invite 5 people, that’s 5 delicious meals that are already made for you. Jackpot.
Do you have any time-saving tips for the kitchen? Please share!!