3 Simple Cooking Hacks to Make Healthy Eating Easier
So many people struggle with healthy eating because they don't really know how to prepare foods that are healthy in a simple way. They get overwhelmed or feel like cooking takes too long. It doesn't have to be so complicated!

3 Simple Cooking Hacks to Make Healthy Eating Easier by Andrea Nicholson
Cooking Hack #1: Convert any recipe for a slow cooker! 

Nearly any recipe can be made in a slow cooker.  Slow cookers are great, because there are only a couple of settings and you can't really go wrong!  You can essentially wash and chop the food as needed, turn on the slow cooker and forget it.  A few hours later, you'll have an amazing meal ready to eat!

If a recipe calls for cooking time in a conventional oven of 15-30 minutes, cook in the slow cooker for 2-3 hours on high or for 4-6 hours on low.

If the recipe calls for 35-45 minutes in a conventional oven, cook in the slow cooker for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

If the recipe calls for 50 minutes to 3 hours, cook in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

The initial chopping, prepping and seasoning are the same as normal.  Other than occasionally stirring the dish, you're done after starting the slow cooker!  Even faster meal prep if you forgot to get something out for today - check out pressure cookers like the Instant Pot!  You can cook foods from frozen in less than an hour!   

Cooking Hack #2: Prepare foods in bulk!
Want to save a lot of time preparing foods?  Make one or two large dishes and eat them all week. This is great for everyone who doesn't require a lot of variety in their eating.  Once or twice a week prepare a large dish, individually portion the dish out into serving sized dishes and store.  Then, all you have to do is reheat and eat! 

You can do this for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three) and have your food prep done for the entire week! This works well for things like burritos, casseroles, salads, soups/stews, and oatmeal.

If you want more variety in your weekly diet, you can always freeze the leftovers.  Over time you'll build up a variety of frozen meals that you can pull from each week as you add the ones you're cooking each week.

Cooking Hack #3: Keep healthy grab-n-go foods on hand. 
If you find yourself hungry for a snack or need an on-the-go meal, but don't want to eat something unhealthy just because it's convenient, then keep healthy foods on hand and ready to eat. Prepare hard-boiled eggs, chopped veggies and hummus, organic yogurt, natural nut butter, fresh fruits and whole nuts around. 

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You can do this!  

~Be well,


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