When most of your meals come from your own kitchen, you tend to eat fresher, more nutritious food. You can also control the portion sizes and it’s easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Here are 3 types of meals and snacks with endless variations that take just a few minutes work.
Cook once, eat all week. A store of soup in the freezer means you always have something to take for lunch, or comfort food waiting for you after a long day. Soups are a great way to get your veges in and enjoy lentils, beans and chickpeas which are high in fibre, a good source of protein, low in fat and very satisfying.
Make chunky soups like minestrone, or corn and chicken; blend up smooth soups from roast pumpkin, or potato and leeks, or any veges you have hanging in your crisper. Try something a bit different like chickpea and lemon soup or beef and Chinese five spice soup. Check out recipe books or search online for hundreds of other warming ideas.
Throw a few carefully chosen ingredients in a blender and 30 seconds later you can get on with your day, sipping a delicious meal as you go. You can even whizz it up the night before to drink on the way to work or straight after your work out.Just remember that if you have a smoothie, it is a meal itself, so don’t double-up with another snack if you don’t need it.
Have you seen these balls proliferating everywhere from health food shops to farmers markets to your friend’s kitchen? They’re delicious sweet mouthfuls, high in fibre and nutrients, made from natural ingredients like dates, nuts, seeds, cacao and spices. They’re easy to pack and eat and all you need is a food processor and a few minutes to roll them into balls.
Start with the classic: equal parts almonds and dates. Add cocoa or cacao powder for something that’s very nearly as good chocolate and so much healthier. Leave out the nuts and use sunflower seeds instead, or use other nuts like macadamias and cashews. Mix it up with a spiced combo of dried apple, dates, sultanas and cinnamon – or anything that sounds good to you. Bliss balls are popular at morning teas and parties as a healthy sweet.
What’s your go to time-saver for healthy food, fast?