Often times as women, we assume that cooking healthy meals means spending hours a day prepping and cooking in the kitchen.
What happens when you want to cook healthy meals on a limited budget or with a limited amount of time?
There's nothing worse than getting home from a long day at work, only to feel uninspired to cook ANYTHING. It's moments like this where a frozen pizza may sound appealing, but if you're trying to lose weight or eat healthy choices, what else is there to eat?
Good news! There are PLENTY of healthy meal options that are delicious and can be made quickly. In fact, enjoying a laid-back, healthy meal is a great way to establish a healthier relationship with food and cooking.
What do these quick meals have in common?
First, they're nutritious and can help you to lose weight. Second, they help to keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Lastly, when you fill up on the good stuff, there's less room in your stomach for the not-so-healthy stuff (like cookies, chips, and ice cream).
Check out my 3 FAVORITE healthy recipes for when I'm feeling lazy:
Stir-fry can be made in a matter of minutes, it contains plenty of nutrients, and they are filling. Keep frozen veggies in your freezer and quinoa or brown rice on hand in your pantry. Chop up chicken breasts to mix with the veggies. Throw all ingredients into a sauté pan, add your favorite seasonings, and saute with a bit of oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, low-sodium soy sauce, or your favorite chili sauce.
Omelettes are one of my FAVORITE go-to meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Grab plenty of your favorite veggies, scramble with eggs or egg whites, add a tiny bit cheese if you'd like, and cook in a frying pan. Omelettes are loaded with protein, healthy fats, veggies, AND they keep you feeling full for hours!
3. Pasta with Tuna and Beans
When you're tempted to make a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner, take these few extra steps and I promise that you won't regret it! Cook a cup or two of whole wheat pasta. Drain a can of tuna fish and garbanzo beans (or any other beans of your choice). Toss the pasta, tuna, and beans in a dash of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and top with a bit of parmesan cheese. If you're looking for extra flavor AND fiber, add a can of artichoke hearts!
Cooking healthy meals at home doesn't always mean spending hours every day prepping healthy meals. Always remember that spending 5 minutes a day or spending 95 minutes a day doesn't change the QUALITY of meals that you cook.
If you're looking for more easy, healthy meal options, be sure to join my free Facebook group for women here!