Let’s face it: life can get insane. When you come home after a long day at work or in classes, cooking healthy foods probably isn’t at the top of your list of priorities. The clean eating lifestyle, however, basically requires you to cook your own foods instead of relying on packaged goods. That’s why I’ve created this guide so that you can eat clean, healthy foods in less time!
Trick #1: The Veggie Box
Chopping vegetables is the heavy lifting of most recipes, so if you have a veggie box or two chillin’ in the fridge, you should be able to cut the prep time for a recipe in half (or even altogether!)
Trick #2: Homemade Frozen Food
Veggie Burgers. If you make your own frozen veggie burgers or tuna patties, try freezing a few! They keep well and make a good meal. I suggest using whole wheat English muffins for “buns” and using homemade hummus instead of mayo.
Frozen Soup. Not all soups freeze well, so experiment with a few different recipes and find one that works. I find that this minestrone soup recipe works well.
Trick #3: Prepackaged Clean Snacks
I package fruit, pistachios, nut mixes, peanut butter bites, and other delicious healthy snack into ziplock and Bento box containers. That way, when I’m in between classes and starving, I’ll eat healthy instead of getting that doughnut with my coffee.
Trick #4: Trade Off Dinners with Friends
If you are rooming with people who love to cook, see if they want to take turns making dinner for everyone in the apartment. Or, plan a day once every other week for everyone to cook different dishes so one person doesn’t have to cook everything.
Trick #5: Create an Organized Meal Plan + Grocery List
The reason I posted my Ultimate Clean Eating Grocery List is to get you thinking about the essentials you’ll need to maintain a healthy diet. I’ve also talked about the Secrets of Meal Planning and my favorite app for that.
The ideal meal plan should be:
- Flexible and allow room for leftovers and eating out
- Made up of a majority of recipes you’ve mastered, along with a few new recipes for variety
- 100% clean eating — don’t plan cheat meals. Allow your non-clean eating 20% to be treats that just happen instead of scheduling them.
That’s it for today. I’m off to go make some delicious food! See you tomorrow!