So what's a person to do when they've committed to healthy eating, and want to have a bit of a break? Here are my top five ideas for those times:
- Utilize your crock pot. Yes, this is a little bit harder. There are some days when you don't know you'll be tired or have had a hard day. This is not for those days. However, there are days when you know you're going to be super busy. You know that by the end of the day, all you'll want to do is lie down on the couch and rest. This is what a crock pot is for. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. In the morning, throw in a roast or some meat. Sprinkle on some seasoning. Throw in some baby carrots or already cut up veggies (if you want to). This takes a couple of minutes, and then by dinnertime, you've got an already cooked meal.
- Breakfast for dinner. There's not a whole lot of cooking that is easier than some breakfast foods. Eggs are super easy and quick. Scrambled, fried, hard-boiled. It's not fancy, but it'll get the job done. Make sure you always have some veggies on hand (we like baby carrots and grape tomatoes), and you've got yourself a meal.
- Rotisserie chicken. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Read ingredients and try to get one without unnecessary additives, sugar, or other yucky stuff. The less ingredients, the better.
- Teach your kids to cook. My kids are always asking to help me cook. They love it. Help them learn to prepare simple meals, and you won't be the only cook in the house. Your two year old is not going to be able to replace you in the kitchen, but your older kids can. You might be surprised at what they can do, especially if you have them help you often so they know what they're doing.
- Use your grill. I've found that even when I'm not in the mood to cook, throwing some meat on the grill really isn't that hard. And, if my husband is home, he will usually man the grill.
Also, keep already prepared, easy to grab veggies on hand. Baby carrots are cheap and easy. Celery is also cheap and can be chopped ahead of time. I like to have veggies that I don't have to cook. Ones I can just grab and add to whatever protein we have for dinner. This really helps when you want a quick meal with minimal preparation. I also like to make homemade guacamole and keep some in the fridge, which is great to add some healthy fat and gives you something to dip raw veggies in. Don't skimp on good fats--your body needs them!