There are so many reasons why I struggle to eat healthy, but I’ve realized my excuses are pretty weak. “Quality food is more expensive.” “I don’t have time to cook every day.” “It’s too much effort to cook for myself.” If any of these thoughts sound familiar, keep reading! I’m going to share my tips and tricks for how to prove yourself wrong.
Quality food is NOT more expensive:
My favorite places to shop are Aldi and Kroger. Aldi not only because they has amazing prices, but their produce is fantastic. There are some limitations as to what you can get there, but my method is always to get as much as I can at Aldi and get the rest at Kroger. If you do shop at Aldi, don’t forget a quarter for a cart (you get it back when you put the cart away) and reusable bags (they charge a tiny bit for the bags they do have). Things I always get at Aldi:
- Frozen fruit
I have also found that there are great ways to say money at Kroger between keeping up with sales, using their online coupons, and using your membership card every time you shop. You can easily register online, and once you have an account you can read their weekly sales, download coupons that are automatically applied when you use your card at the register, and get member discounts on certain items. ALSO! Look out for the “Wahoo! Manager’s Special” sales. I often get specialty breads, salad greens, spinach and mushrooms on these sales.
In addition to conscientious shopping, I also use an app called Ibotta to get rebates on items I buy. The amounts are small, but they add up over time if you stay vigilant. You can also save money when you know how to properly store different produce items and even learn about vegetables that regrow themselves!
Cooking doesn’t have to be a daily chore:
The other big thing that gets in the way of eating healthy is the dreaded chore of cooking, but it doesn’t have to be a daily thing! Prepping once a week can be a big help, as well as making more than you need for one meal when you do cook. Things that I often prep in advance are rice, black beans, vegetables, fruits, and stock. Here are some specific tips!
- Freeze berries for smoothies when theres a good sale.
- Make 3-4 cups of rice to use throughout the week.
- Make a whole pound of beans to use for two weeks!
- Cut half the carrots you buy and store in water for snacks.
- Freeze vegetable scraps to make stock later.
- Freeze spinach for use in soups and smoothies.
You can also cut back on the amount of cooking you have to do by making more when you do cook. This means you have leftovers for later in the week! Soups, mashed potatoes, rice, beans, and meats are all good examples of this. If you are baking chicken one night, make everything you have and make wraps, salads, burritos, or chicken salad later on!
I know that this can all feel a little overwhelming, but it’s exactly the opposite once you get the hang of it. No more last minute trips to the grocery or being so hungry after work that you resort to fast food because you don’t have anything ready at home. If you simply have trouble with cooking, check out my recipes and keep an eye out for more to come! I try very hard to keep it simple and use ingredients that you would generally keep around. I hate making a grocery trip just for one recipe.
So go out, buy some pyrex containers, and get healthy. I believe in you!
P.S. If you have any requests for recipes you’d like me to post, message me through my contact page and I’d be happy to do so!
P.P.S. You might also be interested in my post on meal planning.