The Benefits of Uncomplicated Healthy Meals
Healthy meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated and you’ll save money, time, and the planet.
The state of health in America is staggering; 39.6 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children ages 2 to 19 in America are overweight and dealing with complications related to poor diet – namely certain types of cancer, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
Unfortunately, we’ve fallen victim to the prevalence of fast food and the allure of convenience at a very high cost. So, what’s the alternative to fast food with increased portion sizes and unhealthy preservatives and additives?
Make a commitment to prepare healthy meals at home. Preparing your meals at home is better for your overall health and diet with some additional benefits, best of all healthy meals don’t have to be complicated at all.
The benefits of preparing your own healthy meals at home:
Saves money. With a little research and pre-planning, you can eat healthy on a shoestring budget by simply going back to the basics. Look for alternative food options that are healthy and inexpensive.
For example, rather than eat processed breakfast cereals that are high in sugar, predominantly high fructose corn syrup, go back to good old-fashioned oatmeal. Not only is oatmeal a healthier and inexpensive option, but its also more versatile! Try adding fresh fruit, nuts, cinnamon, and honey to your next oatmeal breakfast.
Another healthy money-saving meal option is to purchase fresh fruits & vegetables and dried rather than canned or pre-packed which typically contain more additives, salt, trans fat, and GMOs.
Saves time. Buying fresh ingredients to make meals at home may seem contrary to time-saving considering that you have to go shopping AND cook. Consider though that by setting aside one to days a week for meal prep saves you time on the days you won’t have to go out or cook.
Preparing half of your week’s meals on Sunday and the other half mid-week will go a long way in helping you to balance a busy schedule with striving to live healthier. The hours you gain will give you more time to invest in relaxation, meditation, and exercise.
Saves the planet. Opt to go meatless and consume more legumes, nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables. Evidence suggests that the rise of meat consumption is a contributing factor in global warming and climate change. Replacing meat with plant-based choices each Monday can offer numerous health benefits and help you take action against climate change.
A meatless diet, even just one day a week helps improve heart health, decreases diabetes risk, promotes healthy kidneys, and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Tip: Homemade smoothies are a quick way to add more veggies to your diet, curb binge eating, and reduce sugar craving. Add greens plus, chlorella, spirulina, and seeds with fruit for a whole food meatless meal or snack. Here are some simple 3 ingredient smoothie recipes
A commitment to healthy eating at home will save money in the long-run, increase productivity allowing for time to do more, and your efforts can benefit the planet too – not so complicated after all.