The best way to control what foods go into your body is to cook them yourself. For most people this is an arduous task. It takes time and effort, but done the right way it should not take too much time or too much effort. A good way to cut down on the amount of time spent in the kitchen is to meal plan and meal prep as much as possible.
For those who love to cook, this step is going to be easy as you’re probably already doing it. For those who would rather be served, this step is going to take some getting used to. But please don’t get discouraged! The benefits far outweigh the frustration.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Plan a weekly menu. This can be as detailed as you wish. Even if it just planning your dinner menu for the week (that’s what I do).
- Make a grocery list and stick to it. After you prepare your menu, sit down and create a grocery list. You’ll see how much time and money you’ll save by being prepared in the grocery store.
- Prepare in advance. After you have planned your menu and done your shopping, set aside some time to prepare your meals. Once prepared you can refrigerate or freeze them so that only reheating will be necessary.
- Invest in a slow cooker. If you don’t like to reheat your food, a slow cooker is another option. You basically throw all of the ingredients into the pot, push a few buttons and in a few hours your meal is ready. Simple stuff!
Here is a list of a few items that I find to be extremely helpful in the kitchen:
A good set of knives
Stainless steel pots and pans
Cast Iron pans
Glass storage containers
Opt for stainless steel or glass whenever possible.