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You know that eating well is one of the keys to leading a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes, it’s easier said than done. After all, when life gets busy, it can be hard to resist the call of the drive-thru. If you want nutritious meals minus the hassle, follow these easy tips on how to eat healthy without cooking.
Healthy eating is always easier when the whole family is on board to support each other. However, conflicting schedules, taste preferences, and busy lifestyles present challenges that can prevent this from becoming a daily habit.
One reason people struggle to eat healthier at home is the time and effort that goes into prepping and cooking meals. With work, school, and extracurriculars to juggle, many opt for the easiest option at dinnertime instead of the healthiest.
Cooking a meal takes time, which is something that many families find themselves short on these days.
Meal delivery kits have become a popular way to remedy cooking meals at home when budgeting for both time and money. While there are some perks, many of these kits are rigid when it comes to food substitutions, allergies, or preferences.
Unless you find a flexible meal kit, you'll run into trouble making healthy foods if you have picky eaters or family members with dietary restrictions.
When you go out to eat, you often look forward to trying dishes that you wouldn't usually recreate at home with your own meals. This means you’re not always going to pick the healthiest option on the menu (no one wants hard boiled eggs or chopped veggies on their special night out).
To combat this, consider preparing nutritious meals at home most of the time and occasionally eating out to indulge your cravings.
If you’ve made eating healthier one of your goals, you’re already on the right track. The key to working cooking healthy meals into your schedule is to minimize daily cooking, increasing your 'no cook meals,' and learn the art of meal prepping. Doing so will give you the tools and know-how you need to whip up healthy meals in minutes.
Prepping meals ahead of time means that you cook once and can eat several times. Plan out your meals for the next few days, buy your ingredients, and then get to work. Try preparing items in bulk that you can use for a variety of meals, like rice, roasted veggies, or whole grain bread with different proteins like canned tuna and rotisserie chicken.
Prepping meals is a lifesaver since you’ll have a healthy meal that’s ready to eat in just a few minutes without having to cook.
To help your meal prep move along even faster, look for pre-cut items at the grocery store. This includes fruits and veggies that are already chopped and ready for use as ingredients or as a handy snack.
You’ll even find some frozen pre-cut produce that you can easily portion out or toss into your slow cooker or instant pot. Frozen vegetables make it easy to eat healthily.
Once you get into the groove of prepping your healthy meals and snacks, keep those meals that work in your weekly rotation. Play around with similar recipes to see if you enjoy the variety in taste. Otherwise, you could just repeat the same menu of healthy fats, whole grains, fresh fruit, and frozen veggies each week.
Following this method ensures that you always have time to get a nutritious meal on the table that the whole family already loves. Talk about a win-win!
Another option is to hire a private chef to take care of all the cooking for you. Hiring a chef, like an INTUEAT chef, saves you the hassle of having to prepare a menu, go shopping, and do all the labor yourself. All you have to do is give your chef some ideas and let them know about your preferences.
Then, they'll work their magic in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for your family.
Nutrition and healthy convenience foods are just as important to chefs as they are to non-cooks. Here are some gourmet-inspired recipes that are both good for you and sure to satisfy your cravings for something delicious.
Looking for something that’s sweet, savory, and still low in fat? This easy butternut squash soup recipe is perfect since vegetables are the star of the show and it comes together in 30 minutes.
This light and tasty recipe works well for lunch or dinner, or it could even be the first course of a dinner party.
Don’t let the name intimidate you—this recipe is easy, too! Salmon is a healthy protein loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it's a great alternative to fattier cuts of meat. Paired with noodles and vegetables, like broccoli and sugar snap peas, this recipe is a complete meal that the whole family will enjoy.
Try subbing the noodles for brown rice for an even simpler meal prep. The next time you have the urge to order takeout, try this fakeout version instead.
Hiring a private chef to prepare delicious, nutrient-dense meals for your family is an amazing way to eat well without any of the stress or hassle. INTUEAT chefs are culinary professionals who will work with you to create meals adapted to your tastes and dietary needs. They do all this while also infusing their creativity and style into each dish they prepare.
To get started, check out the INTUEAT chefs who are available in your area. When you reach out to a chef through the app or website, you’ll get a response within 24 hours letting you know if they’re available. From there, you and your chef can collaborate to come up with a menu that works for you and your family.
You now understand how to eat healthy without cooking, and it's never been so easy or delicious than with INTUEAT chefs! Book your private chef today for the meal experience of a lifetime.
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