Eating healthy is one of the most popular goals people tell me they have when they find out I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHN). The next thing they tell me is that they either don't have time to cook or have a picky family member, which makes it hard to eat healthy. Now, there is another layer of complexity to eating healthy, people just don't like to cook!
I was shocked to learn that only 10% of people love to cook, 45% of people hate it and 45% are lukewarm to it. (Source: Harvard Business Review) I am one of those people who love to cook but as a CHN, I have to be prepared to help people who hate or just tolerate cooking.
How much would your life improve if you eat healthier? When you eat healthier, you can:
Be more present with your children
Thrive in your career
Improve your communication and your relationships
Have more fun!
Move your body and improve your fitness
Lose weight and feel better about yourself
Feel good that you are providing healthy meals for you and your family
Take an active vacation
Reclaim your life!
Working with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist such as myself can teach you how to eat healthier and provide healthier meals to your family, even if you hate to cook. Plus, you and your family will experience real health benefits when you are eating healthier. Benefits such as:
Weight loss and/or maintenance
No gas, bloating and belching
Regular bowel movements
No constipation and/or diarrhea
Reduced or stopped seasonal allergies
Skin rashes disappear
A positive attitude
I offer a FREE 30 minute coaching call where we will create a crystal clear vision for how you can eat healthier, even if you hate to cook, and TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK.
It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to eating healthier.
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Now, instead of relying on take out, here are convenient and healthy foods that can be bought and prepared with minimal effort.
I love this product! These are pouches of pre-cooked USDA organic rices and grains that take 90 seconds to heat up. You can use the microwave if necessary or put them in a skillet with frozen and canned veggies to make a vegetarian stir fry. Need to add meat for your family? Buy a rotisserie chicken, dice up some of it and add it to the skillet. Dinner is ready in 15 minutes!
Simple Mills sells a variety of baking mixes for muffins, brownies and cookies, that are gluten free. Gluten is a concern for all of us even if we aren't allergic to it. Gluten does not provide any essential nutrients and may still cause gas, bloating or diarrhea even if you aren't allergic to it. Since gluten does not provide essential nutrients, it is an additive that our body still needs to digest and process for elimination, which takes a lot of energy. While I don't think we have to eliminate it from our routine if we aren't allergic or sensitive to it, reducing it can help reduce the load on our gut.
HEALTHY FROZEN OR REFRIGERATED PREPARED FOODS
In the frozen or refrigerator aisles of the grocery or club store you like to shop at, there are a variety of healthy prepared foods. Amy's is a brand that sells frozen entree's, bowls, pizzas and pot pies. They even have family size options listed on their website. Plus, they sell meals that are plant-based or even vegan making it a perfect option for a meatless Monday.
I am a Costco shopper and they have really great prepared foods to feed a hungry family without having to cook. Raviolis, soups, salads, meatballs, burritos, pre-grilled chicken strips, salmon and I can go on and on. I am also really pleased to see the number of USDA organic options being added in every aisle at Costco. They are bringing good, healthy, prepared foods to our households.
Instead of relying on sugar laden cereals, breakfast can be healthier. Overnight oatmeal is one of my favorite easy to make breakfasts because it can be made in 15 minutes and you can control the ingredients you add to it. The basic recipe is 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of nut milk (or the milk of your liking). Stir to mix it and then put in your add-ins. I like adding 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries. But you can chop up an apple and stir that in or slice a banana. The oatmeal lasts at least 5 days in the refrigerator and can be heated up in the microwave if you don't want to eat it cold. Below are a few recipes for ideas:
Another easy breakfast is to eat toast or rice cakes with a healthy topping. Smashed avocado, organic peanut butter (or another nut butter), mashed banana, ricotta cheese with sliced strawberries and hummus with cucumbers or tomatoes are just a few ideas.
Smoothies are another easy breakfast that only takes a couple of minutes. The basic smoothie formula from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition is:
2 cups of green veggies (you can use frozen)
1/2 to 1 cup of fruit (can also use frozen)
1-2 TBSP of Protein (which could be a protein powder or seeds like chia or pumpkin)
1-2 TBSP of Fat (oils are great)
1 tsp or TBPS of a Superfood Add On (such as cacao powder or coconut flakes)
1-2 cups of water or another liquid of your liking
Put in a blender or a smoothie maker (if you have one) and breakfast is ready!
This is just a sampling of how you can eat healthier without having to cook. I hope you are inspired to start planning healthier meals that you and your family will love.
Do you think you will try any of the above? Let me know in the comments below.