Eat Well Hacks
We all know we should eat well, but knowing how to eat well is the big challenge. These tips will make it a breeze.
Make a Plan.
• Budget wisely. How much grocery money do you have for the month? Account for items that only need to be bought once during that time – like foods that are cheaper bought in bulk, or cooking oil and spices. Divide the remainder by four for your weekly grocery budget.
• Plan ahead. Pick out the meals you want to make ahead of time. Try this recipe planner. Being prepared is one of the easiest ways to make sure you eat healthy foods.
• Plan meals that add up to a balanced diet. Dish up lots of fruits and veggies, plenty of whole grains and lean protein, and some dairy.
• Make a list. You know what happens when you go grocery shopping without a plan—too much junk and not enough ingredients for the meals you want to make. Be sure to include fixings for a few healthy snacks on your list. (Try making your own popcorn, or peanut butter and apples.)
• Go local. Take advantage of the plentiful farmers markets in our area. Many accept Oregon Trail/EBT cards, and some markets will even give you a bonus to spend!
• Spend wisely. Bring cash in the amount of your budget instead of using a credit or debit card. Then you’ll have to stick to your plan.
• Stick to the plan. Purchase only items from your list, and avoid aisles that don’t contain the items you need. Out of sight, out of mind.
• Don’t grocery shop while hungry!
Manage Your Time.
• Do prep work. Chop all of your veggies right after you return from the market, while enjoying music, a podcast, or an old movie. It’ll make them easy to grab throughout the week.
• Store correctly. If you bought a lot of an item that expires, put some in the freezer right away. You’ll have less food go bad, and spend less time cleaning spoiled ingredients out of your fridge.
• Cook extra. Prepare to cook large batches so you can freeze the leftovers for quick meals. Another time-saver is to purchase frozen or boxed starters, such as a can of soup or a plate of frozen lasagna, then add your own veggies and seasonings.
Make Eating Mindful.
• Make mealtime an event. Eat with company instead of in front of the TV or computer.
• Savor your results. Eat meals slowly, enjoying every last bite.
• Notice the effects. Pay attention to how great you feel after a healthy and well-portioned meal.