So you’re trying to be healthy but life is getting in the way. I’ve totally been there and it’s a pretty normal story. You buy all the fresh produce you can find, eat salads like they’re going out of style, embrace your healthy fats and schedule in gym/yoga/barre class time. But then work gets super busy and suddenly your to-do list is fuller than ever before. What’s a girl to do?
Take-out pizza and fast food don’t have to be the answer, though. You can definitely stick to your healthy lifestyle with a few smart tricks. Here are 5 kitchen hacks that will make your life and meal planning much easier.
1. Microwave Fruit Jam
Making your own jam is really fun and much easier than you think, and there are tons of recipes out there using chia seeds, which is an amazing idea since it makes it super thick. But what if it’s breakfast and your stomach is rumbling and you forgot to make jam on Sunday so you would have enough for the week?
That’s where this easy trick comes in. Just put your fruit of choice in a bowl (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) and microwave it for between 20-30 seconds. That’s it. Really. It will be warm and comforting “jam” that is perfect for topping your toast or waffles.
2. A Spoonful Of Honey
Whenever I think about dinner, I remember a scene from the 80s show thirtysomething where one of the characters, Garry, asks what the big deal is with making dinner and Hope says it’s a whole thing – you make salad, a main course, a side, etc. Sometimes you’re tired and you had a long day of work and you just don’t have any idea what to make for dinner.
Something I do is just take a spoonful of honey (about a tablespoon) and put it on my protein of choice – usually salmon or chicken thighs. Just bake the way you normally would and you’ve got a sweet but not overly sugar-filled dinner that will taste amazing.
3. The Simple Formula
If you’re ever stuck putting a meal together, no matter what time of day, just remember this simple formula: protein, fat (healthy, of course), and carbs. It works for no matter what you have in your fridge and cupboards. It’s breakfast time? You can enjoy eggs (protein and fat), nut butter (fat), and gluten-free toast/waffles/oatmeal/even sweet potatoes (carbs). Lunch or dinner? Grab a can of tuna or piece of chicken/fish/steak, add a salad, and grab a healthy carb like quinoa or my personal fave, Mary’s Crackers (vegan and gluten-free and all-around amazing).
4. Add Hot Sauce
I’m obsessed with hot sauce. Seriously obsessed. I finally found a brand that I absolutely love and I put it on everything (well, almost everything). My trick for eating broccoli or other veggies is putting hot sauce on them. It’s not that I hate the taste of broccoli, it’s just that I love the taste of hot sauce so much more.
5. Don’t Be A Hero
Here’s my favourite tip and the one I believe the most: you don’t have to be a hero in the kitchen. Sure, making homemade food is always a good idea, especially for your health and for your wallet. But if you don’t have time to whip up gourmet meals three times a day, well, who does? I rely on a bunch of convenience foods that make my life easier, from prewashed salad greens for easy lunches and spinach for breakfast smoothies, frozen broccoli and cauliflower for dinner sides, and canned black beans for chili.
What are some of your favourite kitchen hacks? I’d love to hear them!
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