7 Ways to eat healthy without cooking
The three things that you need to be successful in weight loss is incredible support (I believe in the power of prayer and Jesus), but accountability is important. A great workout that is efficient, fun and relates to you and your lifestyle. Healthy eating of nutrient dense foods that usually is made at home.
Our society has capitalized on our need for convenience and our lack of will to make our meals at home. The grocery store has extensive prepared food section that is starting to be the same size as the fresh produce or meat department. Why? We want to eat well without cooking. It makes sense, life is busy, and we need to eat. Why not pay for the convenience of already prepared food.
The biggest problem that I found people have is that they want to eat well but not cook. I promote a Biblical Based Eating plan that encourages whole nutrient dense food and little to no processed food, and that is what makes the difference. My clients want to eat healthy but not interested in cooking.
At first, it was a little daunting for me because I love to cook but after two years of making 90% of the meals from home. I get it!! Cooking can be a little much sometimes especially on a hot beach day or end of a busy day that’s the last thing you want to do. Well you know me I’m all about research and tips, so I found seven things ways to eat healthy without cooking.
So, I always ask my clients what do you dislike more? The preparation, cutting buying, measuring, etc. or the actual waiting for the food to cook the act of making the meal?
Some hate it all, some prefer prep or prepare, and others like me want everything cut and measured and just need to make it (Like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron). If I could have a lifetime subscription, I would totally use that service. So, I took the list from both perspectives a little something for both.
7. Make lots of food. This is not my number one suggestion, but it’s a way to slay the dragon all at once. When you do get in the meal making mood; make two or take the time to make food in bulk. That way on a day to day basis you can just grab and heat just like you would get in the frozen section of your grocery store.
6. Become a Smoothie Queen. I am typically against smoothie and juicing but if my client is not getting what they need and rather sip on their vegetable and fruit servings than I encouraged it done right.
My issue with smoothies is they’re high in calories, sugar, and lack protein. So, I support a great plant based protein like hemp seed or pea protein. Low sugar fruits and more veggies than fruit. Done right you can drink what you need and not have to sacrifice your weight loss efforts
5. Use a Crockpot. I am sure you have experienced the deliciousness of crock pot cooking as well as the amazing smell your house is filled with all day. There are so many dumps, and press-go recipes out there. You can do like I do; make a batch of fajita or barbecue chicken and use it throughout the week. Makes it easy to grab and go you don’t have to sit and cook the food, and you are far better than Taco Bell or KFC Chicken Sandwich.
4. Snack Wisely. I say pack snacks like your going into the wilderness but with fresh fruit too. Nuts, veggie sticks, fresh fruits, granola, and plant based or animal product protein sources like Hemp seed bars or beef/turkey jerky, hard boiled eggs,etc.. All great ideas to get what you need on the go and not have to cook. Snack all day within your daily recommended calorie goals if cooking is not your thing. Your an adult who says you have to have cooked meals. I would precaution you though that snacking all day can lead to unintentional overeating so portion control is key.
3. Go Raw. This is both easy and hard. Easy because once veggies are prepped it’s easy to throw together meals, you don’t have to wait for food to cook. The hard part is food prep and perishable goods. If you don’t commit to eating the produce, you buy you can throw lots of money away literally. Also, cutting and preparing the food still must be done, but technically you’re not cooking.
2. Wrap it Up or add a bun. Learn to love wraps, and you can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a one-handed power packed meal. Sandwiches work too for your nutrition needs. You can use Cassava Flour Wraps they’re gluten free and soft and yummy, whole wheat tortilla. Not every tortilla is made equally so check the labels.
1. Make your salads do the job. Just like the wrap you can power pack your meal on a bed of mixed greens. I like “kitchen sink” salads-grab a variety of vegetables, proteins, and fats you can even add fruit and make a big bowl.
A Hodge podge of a vegetable or fruit variety of colors and try to get creative. You can also do it with fruit too. Giving you something to snack on throughout the day and week. They are an excellent way to get the nutrients you need with little to no cooking. The toppings are endless and each week or few days can be a different variety.
If you really want to be successful, you have to learn to be flexible. Take your weakness’ find solutions and grow and make them a strength. Find other ways to reach your goals and make them work for you. So, if you’re not the world’s best cook or you’re just a burned out chef. Try a few of these ideas to continue to reach your goals and to honor your temple. Get a copy of my “How To make a Quick Wrap” guide and other healthful tips for honoring your temple by Subscribing to my List!