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For many of our medical weight loss clients, finding the time to prepare healthy meals can be a challenge. Most of us arrive home exhausted at night, and the last thing we feel like doing is cooking meals from scratch. Luckily, these simple tools can help you reduce your meal prep time on busy weekdays, while still allowing you to enjoy nutritious, delicious meals that suit your eating plan.
Splurge on a good set of knives. If your budget is limited, start with a butcher knife and a paring knife. For most of us, that’s all we ever need! A set of high quality, sharp knives will make prepping food much less frustrating. Get your veggies chopped at the start of the week, and you can save time each night.
Purchase a blender or food processor. You might already know that you can use these items to prepare smoothies, soups, and salad dressings. But if you upgrade to a version with attachments, it can chop your veggies or shred your cheese, too.
Invest in glass bowls and storage containers. These containers are oven-safe and can be used in the freezer, too. Glass bowls with lids help you mix salads or chop meal ingredients, and then store straight them in the fridge. Prep portions of healthy meals to freeze and cook later, and you can take them straight from freezer to oven. Later, they can be washed in the dishwasher, saving you time.
Try an instant pot. Simply toss in your ingredients, add a few seasonings, and press a button. The instant pot will prepare your meal for you, while you help the kids with homework or go for a walk.
Pick up some freezer safe bags, labels, and markers. Set aside time to pre-cut meat every few weeks, and stash the labeled bags in the freezer. Now all you have to do is thaw, add veggies, and enjoy delicious stews, casseroles, fajitas, stir frys, and more.
And of course, make an appointment to discuss your medical weight loss plan with us. We can help you learn how to prepare simple but delicious meals that will help you accomplish your goals.