Are you tired of spending most of your free time preparing food? Would you like to save time and money in the kitchen and yet still be able to eat healthy, delicious meals? In this blog we’re sharing 8 time saving tips for nutritious food prep that can reduce stress at mealtimes.
Trying to figure out what you’re going to eat everyday can be stressful. Being mindful and thinking ahead about what meals you’re going to prepare can increase the likelihood that you’ll choose healthy options.
Furthermore, preparing nutritious foods for later use as snacks or meals can save time and money, prevent food waste, and reduce stress. In the long term, creating a habit of food or meal prepping can make life a lot easier.
So let’s look at 8 healthy eating hacks that can help free up time, save money, and make mealtimes stress free.
1. Make Your Own Hummus
Hummus is a versatile, easy, and protein rich dip that can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for several days. Homemade will be cheaper and healthier than store bought. We have several delicious hummus recipes on our website. You can find the link in the description below.
2. Prep Energy Bites
Energy bites are nutrient dense snacks that can be made with a wide variety of raw whole food ingredients. So throw together a quick batch or two of energy bites for quick healthy snacking. They can be kept in the fridge for about a week, and you can even store extras in the freezer for a later date. These are great to add to a lunch box.
3. Make Infused Water
Staying hydrated is vital for nearly every bodily function, but not everyone likes drinking plain water. You can make infused water by adding fruit, certain vegetables, herbs, and spices to filtered water, and letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours. Infusing is a great way to naturally flavor water and stay hydrated.
4. Chop Vegetables
Keeping a variety of chopped vegetables in the fridge can be a huge timesaver. They can be eaten raw with dips or used for cooking meals. However, make sure you don’t mix vegetables that should be cooked, for example mushrooms, with ones you’ll be eating raw.
5. Make A Seed Mix
Having a jar of mixed seeds on hand is helpful. You can add them to morning oatmeal or yogurt, smoothies, salads, or baked goods. Additionally, eating certain seeds at various times during the menstrual cycle can help balance hormones.
6. Prep Plant Proteins
Soaking and cooking gluten-free whole grains and legumes on the weekend or your day off can be a big time saver at mealtimes. You can store pre-cooked plant proteins in the fridge or freezer to use in meals throughout the week.
7. Make Cashew Cream
Having a basic cashew cream on hand is helpful when you’re in need of a quick sauce or dip. You can add additional ingredients to make it sweet or savory, it’s up to you.
8. Make Sandwich Spread
Sandwiches are quick, easy, and portable options for school or work lunches. And if you don’t want a sandwich, you can use the spread in a wrap or on a salad instead. Prepping a bean or lentil based sandwich spread means you can easily make a healthy protein packed meal. It can take some of the stress out of having to make school or work lunches during the week
To recap, here are the 8 time saving tips for nutritious meal prep.
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You can find these and many more healthy plant-based recipes on our website at replenishhealth.net.
Share in the comments below if you plan on using any of these healthy eating hacks.
RESOURCES & FURTHER INFO
- You can find several hummus recipes on our website at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/
- Get our recipe for Chocolate Orange Cranberry Energy Bites at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/chocolate-orange-cranberry-energy-bites/
- Get our recipe for Citrus Mint Infused Water at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/citrus-mint-infused-water/
For more info on the importance of hydration visit https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated
- Learn why some vegetables cause gas and how to avoid it in our blog at https://www.replenishhealth.net/why-some-raw-vegetables-cause-gas-and-how-to-avoid-it/
- For more info on seed cycling for hormonal health visit https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/seed-cycling-benefits-and-how-it-works
- Watch our video “20 Vegan High Protein Sources” at https://youtu.be/2L3p2sWuGnc
- Get our Sweet Or Savory Cashew Sauce recipe at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/sweet-or-savory-cashew-cream/
- You can find our sandwich spread recipes at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/