5 Tips To Make A Healthy Meal In 30 Minutes Or Less
Making healthy meals can seem like a HUGE task. Especially if you’re a woman with a career and trying to raise a family all at the same time. It’s either you don’t have all of the ingredients, or you simply don’t know what to make, which basically leads to unhealthy eating or a trip to the drive through.
Before I became a Health & Wellness Coach, preparing meals would take me about two plus hours to make at home. I would leave the office, go pick up my daughter, go to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients, go home and make the meal… only to find out that it didn’t taste good AND the process took WAY TOO LONG. So what happened? I became “The Drive Through Queen”. Yep! It was easier and quicker for me to leave the office and go get food that someone else made for me. Now, I wasn’t thinking about what was in the food, all I thought about is that it saved me time.
“Healthy Eating Can Be Simple, Quick And Nourishing All At The Same Time”
You see, when we eat foods that are nourishing to our bodies we are not only loving on ourselves, but we are loving our families as well. Healthy foods gives us the energy, brain power and mood enhancement we need to sustain our long, busy days.
Here are ways that you can make simple, healthy meals that are quick, simple and Oh! So! Delicious! in 30 minutes or less.
1. Use Staple Ingredients-
Using staple ingredients will keep you from having to run to the grocery store every single time you want to make a meal. Choose things like dark leafy greens, lentils, grains, beans and your preference of protein to have in your pantry/kitchen at all times. When you are ready to make a meal, your ingredients will be on hand, you will be more prepared and won’t result in unhealthy meals.
2. Plan Ahead-
As busy, career moms doing things on the fly is hard. You must be prepared and plan ahead in order to be monetize your time. This includes your meals. Plan what you would like to make ahead of time and stick to it. Get a cute journal (notice I said cute) and write down what meals you would like to make. Don’t think too hard as you will start to overthink it. To keep from overwhelming yourself, plan only a few days at a time and then plan the remainder once the other days are complete.
3. Pre-Chop Veggies-
I big win with making simple, healthy meals is to pre-chop your veggies. Normally, at the beginning of the week is ideal. Pre-chop all your produce including:
and store them in containers in your fridge. When you are ready to make your meal, all you have to do is throw them in the skillet and cook them.
4. Clean While Cooking-
Part of making a mess is cleaning it up. (I tell my toddler this all of the time) I’m a HUGE fan of cleaning while you cook. This way, there won’t be a lot of dishes and ingredients piled up after the meal is made. The LAST thing you want to do is clean up the kitchen after you have eaten and now it’s time to see the kiddos off to bed.
5. Use “Healthy Kitchen Tools”-
“Healthy Kitchen Tools” are essential to making simple, nourishing meals. They are easy to clean, you can still eat the foods you love AND they save on time. Some examples of “Healthy Kitchen Tools” are the air fryer, pressure cooker and blenders. You can make a “So7 Meal” (complete meal) in under 30 minutes.
That wasn’t so bad was it? Now you know that healthy meals don’t have to take longer than 30 minutes and they can taste good too. Go and apply these tips tonight and help a friend while you’re at it. Share this post with them so they can start making healthier meals at home too. Cause we’ve got bodies to nourish!
Want to learn more about how to make healthy meals in 30 minutes or less? I’m hosting a live cooking class next week where I will be showing you how to make simple, yet delicious meals all without using the stove. Click Here To Learn More!