How to Choose Home-Cooked Meals Daily - #HealthyThursday

How many take-out or processed meals have you had in the last 24 hours? Or in the last month? Or for the past year? How many of these were already cooked and you just heated them? How many had ingredients that you could not read correctly? All these are choices you’ve made with food and feeding yourself. Think for a second: would you rather eat a chemistry lab or real food? Read on and see what you can do to start eating healthier.


Remember the smell of a home-cooked meal that you couldn’t wait to digg into? Those mouth-watering oven roasted and baked foods that your mum or grandma used to do? You can get back to those times, you know! It’s all about the choices you make.

Even in these rushed times we live in, you can have a healthy diet. Even if you have no time for cooking every day, you can eat good. And that without going to a restaurant or ordering a fast meal. With a little prep and organization, you can achieve that and still have time to post on Instagram. Here’s how:

  1. Surf the web and make a Pinterest board of the healthy foods you’d eat if you had the time to cook (Pinterest is such a good tool for that, as it’s mouthwatering, hehe!)
  2. Tweak the list and only keep the ones that are the quickest to prepare. You need to end up with 21 recipes (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners)
  3. List down all the ingredients you need and go grocery shopping. Buy some caseroles also. You’ll need them to store your prepped food in.
  4. Choose to cook in batches twice a week, for the next three days (ex: Wednesdays and Sundays)
  5. Pop the caseroles in the oven or get a raw meal if you have a microwave at work and enjoy!


Wondering what ingredients to choose? Take a look at my list for inspiration:
  • seafood (I usually go for shrimp)
  • free range chicken (breast and/or thighs)
  • free range turkey (breast and/or thigs)
  • smoked salmon
  • freerange beef
  • duck breast
  • freerange eggs
  • mushrooms
  • mixed greens
  • spinach
  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • lemons
  • organic ginger
  • almond / coconut milk
  • quinoa
  • brown / wild rice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tabasco sauce
  • raw honey
  • apple cider vinegar
  • extravirgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • chia seeds
  • almonds
  • sweet potatoes
  • cherry tomatoes (they rippen faster)
  • garlic
  • sauerkraut (I usually make my own)
  • apples
  • mangoes
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • eggplants
  • coconut oil
  • berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)

I only touched the tip of the iceberg today. Food is an important topic when choosing a healthy lifestyle. There will be more articles and recipes where this came from. I promise!

Question of the day: What meal choices do you usually make on a daily basis? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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