Sometimes we have the best intentions for eating healthy, but then we don’t feel like actually preparing the meal! Because of this, our healthy meals end up getting replaced by frozen pizzas and microwave mac and cheese. We came up with some ideas for you to consume the healthiest meals without having to work too hard to prepare them.
Juices and Smoothies
Juicing or creating your own smoothies is one of the easiest, healthiest, and yummiest ways to get all of your essential vitamins and nutrients. You can throw in a few fruits or vegetables into a blender or a juicer, wait a few minutes until it’s finished, and voila — you have a nutritious meal that didn’t require a complicated recipe to make.
How many fruits and/or vegetables are recommended? For people over the age of 18, choosemyplate.gov recommends that you should be having at least 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables each day. Here are some of our favorite recipes from allrecipes.com:
• For a healthy blueberry smoothie, use blueberries, Greek yogurt, and orange juice.
• Pineapple, bananas, and apple juice will give you the tastiest pineapple and banana smoothie.
• To make a banana green smoothie, use Greek yogurt, a banana, a carrot, and spinach leaves.
Using a Crock Pot is great for people who really don’t like to cook but want a healthy meal — throw in some food in the morning, let it cook all day, and then a freshly prepared meal will be waiting for you when you get home.
The great thing about using a crock pot is not only how easy it is, but also how you don’t need a lot of ingredients. You can find a variety of crock pot recipes online, and most provide you with a ton of essential nutrients that are recommended daily.
Cook and Freeze Method
The cook and freeze method is great people who hate cooking, especially busy people. This does require you to cook, but not every single day — you can dedicate one day to cooking, freeze all of the leftovers, and have meals ready to be heated later.
You can use this method with casseroles, chilis, soups, and stews. For storage, you can use foil baking pans, plastic freezer bags, vacuum sealers, and other containers specifically for food storage. Say goodbye to cooking every single night!