SPONSORED Does being busy get in the way of eating well? Try these five dietitian-approved health shortcuts to help you eat better, move more and feel great.
1. Use a menu planner
You can avoid that feeling of dread when someone asks ‘What’s for dinner?’ by writing out a menu plan for the week. You can start by downloading a weekly menu planner, or draw up one of your own.
Devoting just an hour a week to menu planning saves time, money and thinking space. Not only will you know exactly what’s for dinner, but you’ll also have an instant shopping list, eliminating the need to dash to the shops for that forgotten item.
2. Cut up vegies at start of week
When preparing healthy meals, half the battle is washing, chopping, slicing and dicing vegetables. So, why not do it all at once at the start of the week so that you can get dinner on the table in a hurry.
Most vegies can simply be washed, cut and drained with a colander before being stored in airtight containers in the fridge. However leafy greens need a little more care. Pat them dry with a paper towel and store in a zip-lock bag for up to a week. And remember, only add dressings to pre-made salads right before serving to avoid limp and soggy leaves.
3. Stock the cupboard with healthy staples
Your cupboards are full, yet you still can’t find the right ingredients to create a healthy and tasty meal! If this sounds familiar, you might be in need of a pantry makeover. Stock up on essentials, such as microwavable brown rice, canned goods (chickpeas and lentils, tomatoes, tuna and salmon), dried herbs and spices, wholegrain pasta and tomato-based pasta sauces. From these few ingredients you can throw together a healthy meal in a matter of minutes.
Here are some meal ideas to get you started:
Tuna and brown rice salad bowls
Spaghetti with lentils
Quick fried rice
Homemade baked beans
Tuna pasta bake
4. Keep meals on hand in the freezer
We all want to eat well, but sometimes life gets in the way and you just don’t have the time to cook a meal from scratch. To ensure you maintain your balanced diet keep a couple of frozen meals on hand, like the Michelle Bridges Delicious Nutritious range. Now with two new delicious flavours available, head over to the freezer of your local Woolworths and stock up today.
5. Pencil in exercise like an appointment
Think you don’t have time to exercise? Think again! Just as you would pencil in an appointment or lunch date with a friend, make exercise a non-negotiable activity that’s simply part of your daily routine. Don’t think – just do!
A great time-saving tip is to pair a social catch up with some form of exercise. Instead of going out for a coffee or a meal, do a yoga class with a friend or go for a long walk to catch up.