We all know how important it is to eat healthily. It can be especially difficult, however, to eat healthily when you have a family. The pressures and responsibilities of day to day life can often leave us too tired, or with too little time, to cook an amazing and nutritious meal from scratch. It can also seem expensive to buy fresh fruit and vegetables as opposed to frozen ones. Fresh food does contain more nutrients and we should be eating it. But how can we make less time-consuming, expensive, and hard, to eat healthily?
Quick And Healthy: It Is Possible
It is possible to eat healthily on the go and when you’re pushed for time. The catch is that you usually have to pre-prepare your healthy lunches, so you’re not really saving time. There are however some meals which are genuinely quick and easy to prepare. For lunches, carrot wraps are a tasty, healthy, and easy-to-make alternative to time consuming dishes. Simple smear some hummus onto a wrap, grate some carrot straight on top, roll up and eat. It really is that quick and simple! If you want to make this even healthier, make the hummus yourself rather than using shop bought. For breakfast cook some porridge oats in milk or water on the hob. Whilst it’s cooking slice some bananas. Top your finished porridge with bananas and a squirt of honey for a healthy and filling start to the morning.
Genius Gadgets To Make Life Easier
If you’re strapped for time, kitchen utensils, tools, and gadgets are a great way to breeze through meals. Garlic presses, for instance, make short work of garlic and can be used over vegetables and sauces to speed things up. Make sure you use the best oven gloves too. Oven gloves with separate fingers are better than the mitt style. These are easier to use and make transferring dishes quicker and more efficient.
Cut The Cost, Not The Nutritional Value
Unfortunately, healthy food is usually more expensive. This is for good reason. It is cheaper to produce food which is not as healthy because you can produce it in bulk. Spraying crops mean that you can produce all year round, rather than seasonally. You can also produce more by rushing the process and dropping standards. Fresh food is best because it has a better nutritional value. It does mean it’s more expensive however which can put some people off. If you’re worried about the cost of fresh foods, try cutting down on the amount of meat and fish you eat. These are the most expensive types of produce. Fresh fruit and vegetables are much cheaper and healthier for us. Buy vegetables to use as sauces, stocks, and even soups. That way they can provide the base for your dish, keeping costs down.
Roast some butternut squash in the oven until it is completely soft. Then mash it or blend it into a puree. Season the puree with salt and pepper and combine with pasta and a little of the pasta water. Add some fresh spinach for a healthy and cheap pasta dinner.