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Meal Prep for Maximum Health

By Natalie Jewell

Life is busy. Really busy. From the time we get up until we fall into bed, most of us find ourselves rushing around, rarely finding a moment for ourselves. Often, preparing healthy meals for our family ends up on the back burner or no burner at all!

Going through a fast food drive-thru or throwing frozen fries in the oven sometimes seems quicker and less daunting than cooking a home-made meal. But taking such shortcuts can leave us lacking in nutrition, not to mention it's hard on the pocketbook.

Beat the Junk Food Battle

So, instead of filling up on meal deals filled with sodium, fat, and little else, why not try some of the suggestions below?

Plan out your meals for the week, make a list and go get your groceries on the weekend. You're more likely to make wise choices if you've got a system.

Make meal prep part of your weekend routine. Put on a pot of coffee and some tunes and get busy washing, chopping, and cooking. Basically, you'll be cooking in bulk.

Vegetables and fruit can be cut up and divided into containers. Incorporate some into the meals you prepare on the weekend and save the rest for later in the week.

For breakfasts on the run, make breakfast wraps, a muffin tray of mini quiches, or throw some of those fruits you've prepared into the blender for smoothies rich in antioxidants.

Pack lunches in the evening, such as lean turkey and spinach sandwiches or colorful salads with nuts, so that you don't have to worry about it in the morning when you're pressed for time. Brown bagging it is healthier and less costly than cafeteria or restaurant food.

Aim to cook two separate types of meals on Sunday, such as chili or veggie lasagna, which can be reheated for quick healthy dinners during the week. Or, have all the ingredients chopped and ready to go in advance for quick stir-fries or sheet pan meals you can have on the table in minutes.

Later in the week is when your slow-cooker can come in handy. Throw something like a roast with root vegetables in there before you head out, then return for a hot delicious meal at the end of the day. Or, why not try some heart-healthy fish such as salmon with steamed broccoli? Cooking it takes less time than waiting for pizza delivery.

And don't forget the snacks! This can include things such as cheese with grapes or hummus and pita. If you've got them prepared, divided up, and ready to go, you're less likely to stop for a coffee and donut on your way to work or visit the vending machine calling your name.

So, for nutritious, delicious meals you can enjoy in no time, skip the greasy burger joint and open your own fridge instead. They will all be in there waiting for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glenview, IL 


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