Many of us are stretched thin by our hectic work-life schedule. Balancing work and home, and at the same time making amends to eating healthily, can fill up our plates. No puns intended. If you have made the best intentions to eat healthily and stick to plant-based food then you would have found yourself on the shorter end of the stick. We generally try to stick to something that you can simply stick in the microwave and not spend the next hour standing up and cooking, after a long day, which is the last thing you need. So the question boils down to junk food or store-bought frozen dinners; how about a better alternative to healthy eating?
Easier said than done, is what you may be saying. However, where there is a will, there is a way! The preparation requires some planning and investment of time from your end but you will reap in the reward of good health and money saved in the long run. The choice is yours: spend an hour during the weekend to plan your meals for the week ahead, or be prepared to spend hours in a hospital bed later on.
Plan And Execute
Before you run into the nearest grocery store, sit down and take a minute to pen down what you need. Check your pantry and your refrigerator, to see what you are short of and what you need stocking upon. There are many convenient apps with which you can keep a note of what you need. This helps in making shopping lists based on plant-based meals.
Weekly shopping is essential to have a fresh product and to minimize wastage. It is smarter to plan for meals across the 7 days of the week, rather than for an untold amount of time. Schedule time during the week, where you can shop and buy what you need, prep, and let the week glide by.
Pick And Choose
You can choose the type of cuisines that you would want on a particular day. Tuesday could be for Thai, Saturday could be for Italian, Friday nights could be Pizza nights…so on and so forth. You can even chart what you need to make for the week. This will help you better deliver and stick to the recipe and not sway on that day. The worst thing that happens is when you are lazy to think up a recipe to try that day and end up ordering fast food.