Healthy Eating: If you don’t have time, you’re doing it wrong.

Published January 18, 2016

In this lovely time of technological advancement, we are often overwhelmed with information, which can complicate our lives.  Further, most things we see on the Internet have the social media filter applied to them. 

Let’s talk about your favorite food blogger or fitness celebrity.  Chances are they made that recipe they posted at least 3-4 times before getting it pretty enough to photograph.  In reality, their daily meals are probably pretty similar to your meals.  The truth is very few people have the time to make these grand meals every night, but for some reason we like to fantasize that the other side is doing exactly that.

One of my least favorite excuses people have to not eating right is “I don’t have the time.”  We’re all busy people, and you’re wasting time making excuses as to why you can’t do it.  Yes, there may be a couple weeks a year when you’re completely swamped.  However, these weeks are the exceptions, and don’t explain your eating habits the other 49 weeks in a year.

It doesn’t have to be hard, nor does it require tons of time. 

On a recent Sunday night I realized I wasn’t going to have much time to cook until Thursday.  So, I looked in my fridge and made a plan.  As you can see in the photograph above, the meals weren’t fancy, at all.  I just needed to make sure I had some protein and vegetables every meal, which I did.  Nutritionally, they could be improved, and my snacks aren’t included in the picture.  However, these meals are much better than some junk I’d have to pick up somewhere else, and cheaper.  Let’s take a look at the actual amount of preparation time it took me. 

5 minutes prep time

I seasoned a pan of frozen chicken breasts and threw it in the oven to bake.  I threw the precut butternut squash into a Ziploc bag, threw some olive oil, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon, and shook it up to mix it, dumped it out on a baking sheet, and threw it in the oven. 

15 minutes prep time

While the chicken and squash were baking, I started a pot of water to boil for rice.  At the same time, I threw the precut steak into a Ziploc bag, seasoned it, and then sautéed it.  After I was done cooking the steak, the water was boiling and I was able to throw the rice in to cook.    

15 minutes of microwaving

The last thing to cook was the broccoli and cauliflower.  I steamed these in microwavable steam bags (3), which took about 3 minutes per bag.  I also microwaved a sweet potato.

After the chicken, squash, and rice were done cooking, I threw everything into Pyrex containers to grab and go!  After all this cooking, I had only two dishes to clean (the pot for rice and the pan for the steak).  All in all, this took a little over an hour of my Sunday night. 

I do enjoy cooking those fun recipes my favorite food bloggers post, but I reserve them for Saturday nights when I have time.  My usual meals are similar to the picture above, but I add more variety (vegetables and protein), and snacks. 

Look out for my next post on what seasonings I use to keep my food from tasting bland.     

Tell me again, what’s your excuse? 

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