Healthy food plans made simple! - Leaf'd

Healthy food plans made simple!

by Karen Housel
How often do you find yourself saying “I’m going to start eating healthier” or “Tomorrow is the day I start getting in shape”?  If you’re like a majority of the population, it’s safe to say your answer is- quite too often! One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to get in shape, save time and money, is to create a healthy meal plan. To do this, you start with the essentials: an array of protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You will also need reusable containers, a weekly commitment to prep, and initial discipline to engage in this healthy routine. How to Begin First, you must prep your healthy food plans with a simple guideline incorporating a protein, a starch of grain, and a fruit or vegetable. When at the grocery store, pick grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, teff, or couscous. You can create a stir fry with vegetables such as leafy dark greens, bell peppers,  garlic and onions. For a protein, try a fermented (prebiotic tempeh) tofu option, free-range chickens, or hard boiled eggs. The possibilities are endless, so the choice is yours! Feel free to pick your favorite vegetables and mix your healthy food plans for the week ahead. The most important aspect is to keep your meals nutritious and well balanced. Execution After the prep, the next step is to distribute the food into reusable containers. There are several sources that give you information about the measurements of grain to protein to vegetable ratio, but to start, it’s best to distribute the serving amounts that suits you and your body best (since you know your body best). After distributing the food, let the containers cool to room temperature before placing them in a refrigerator or freezer. If refrigerating, healthy food plans can typically last 3-5 days. However, depending on what you’ve cooked, meals may last up to a week, given a freshness check before eating. Waste Allocation Another great aspect of healthy food plans is the amount of waste that is diverting from landfills. Since meals are prepped beforehand in eco-friendly reusable containers, there’s essentially no trash accumulated. By not eating take-out and choosing a healthy meal plan, you may save several pieces of non-biodegradable plastic wrapping from entering a landfill. Benefits The benefits of healthy food plans, specifically meal prep, are more than what meets the eye. Naturally this system allows you to eat healthy meals every day and saves time. In addition to this, it provides you with a certain type of freedom. It’s all done for you, so when you come home from work tired and ready to chill, your food just needs to be heated, and then you can relax. By prepping your week’s meals at once, it eliminates the morning rush of making a work lunch, and saves the stress or energy of thinking what you’ll have to cook to eat. Meal preps saves time, money and stress—it gives you the opportunity to understand exactly what and how you eat. Being able to consciously choose this kind of self-love is an investment you make in yourself on a daily basis.
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