- Clean House: If you're serious about making food changes, stop giving yourself an out! Go and DELETE your coveted GrubHub, Seamless, Slice, or Delivery.com "Click and Bring Me My Favorite Food" button.
- Add: To eat well you've got to physically have the ingredients in front of you! There is nothing worse than making the long haul to the grocery store only to forget something. Be like Santa and make a list and check it twice! These days you can download apps to help you keep lists so whenever you think of something you need, open the app and write it down. You can also tell Siri to add something to a list, or go old-school and keep a list on your fridge for quick last-minute notes as you take inventory.
- Compromise: Can't find time for shopping? Download the Instacart, Postmates, or Amazon app and have someone else do your shopping and deliver them to your front door. No more lines, no lugging of heavy food, and no more wondering if that cantaloupe is ripe, you can pay to have someone do it for you!
The Step Before Cooking
- Wash and Chop: No matter how you get your food, as soon as it's in your kitchen, wash all produce. I repeat: Wash all produce. Then make it cook ready by chopping it and storing it in the fridge. You'll also now have raw veggies to munch on in a pinch!
- Chopping For Babies: Not ready to get chop happy? Invest in a food processor. No more crying over onions, salsa can be yours in 60 seconds, and clean-up is just as quick!
Cooking for Dummies
- One Sheet Meals consist of a protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu) and chopped veggies (green peppers, onions, kale) all spread out on a big baking sheet, drizzled with oil, and baked for about 30 mins. You'll have more than one meal out of this so high five yourself for making dinner and lunch faster than it would take to order and have it delivered.
- Hard-boiled eggs take the guesswork out of a snack when you're hungry. Bring a pot of water to boil, add your eggs and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for 12 minutes. They will last 3-5 days in the fridge. Add salt and pepper, ketchup for sweetness, mustard for zest, or pair it with a slice of cheese.
Add these small habits into your routine, and soon you'll be redefining fast food from McDonald's to healthy and quick home-cooked meals. It's time to take ownership of your diet, and a little prep goes a long way!
Elizabeth Crutchfield is the Director of HomeBodies, a NYC Home Personal Training Service in Manhattan NY. Learn more by visiting her website at HomeBodies.com