Stock Your Refrigerator
Is there anything worse than a growling stomach with nothing ready and prepared?
This is one of the most common ways that you can accidentally thwart your own road map to success. It is far too easy to jump online and order take out. You should always keep your kitchen stocked with nutritious food! You don’t need a large amount of food to be able to whip up some quick meals. (Remember Chapter 2 where we discussed limiting your portion sizes.)
All it takes is a basic protein source, a mixture of fresh and frozen veggies, and simple cooking skills. Voila! A hearty, healthy meal is never more than a few minutes away.
Be specific with the items you purchase form the grocery store. Quick and easy does not have to be terrible for you. Here are some of the food items you should always have on hand. Lean Protein: Chicken, 90/10 beef, lentils, beans, low glycemic fruit, and nuts. Just make sure, if you don’t have time to soak and cook your beans, go for the low sodium canned variety. It’s better to make it work with your schedule then to abandon it altogether.
When choosing nuts, go with a lower fat nut like almonds. They are filling, tasty, and keep forever.!
Frozen Vegetables: Frozen vegetables last longer than fresh ones. Make sure to always have a few bags stored away in your freezer, such as mixed, broccoli, kale, peas, and carrots. There are plenty to choose from at your local supermarket and they can be ready within minutes!
Salad Kits: A good, hearty salad is often what’s needed after a long day. Add in some lean protein and maybe even a side of prepared frozen veggies, and you have yourself a delicious, healthy salad in just a few minutes!
If you’re wondering about dressing, a simple vinegar and oil is easy, quick, and usually stocked in most kitchens.