Clean Eating Tips to Make Healthy Food Easy
I intimidate people. I definitely don’t do it on purpose. But when people know that I eat healthy most all the time they usually start feeling pressure. I want to inspire others to eat healthy-not make them feel bad!
I am definitely a regular person-meaning I don’t do everything perfectly (just wait to you read some of my “cheats” below!). I am all about doing things in the kitchen in the easiest way possible.Here are some of my best clean eating tips to make healthy food easy.
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Use Paper Plates and Plastic Forks.
Don’t Wash Dishes
I know you are probably wondering about this one. But, I read about this on Kitchen Stewardship one day, and I realized how much sense it made. For example when I make jasmine rice I don’t wash the cup I measure the water with. I put it in the dish drain to dry.
Then I measure the rice with a dry measuring cup and I either leave the cup in the jar with the rice or I put it in the drawer. I make sure it looks clean-I hit it on the side of the pot if I need to to get the rice dust out. It usually looks perfectly clean-no need to wash it!
If you feel like you are washing too many drinking glasses, you could use bevbands on your glasses. The bands help you to know whose drink is whose. We try to drink out of the same cup most or all of the day to reduce the number of glasses that we have to wash.
leftovers are the ultimate time saver-they require no work! We eat them often. Leftovers can be delicious-my Grandma says that they are better than when you first cook them because the flavors have had time to meld.
To help your leftovers to taste especially good, reheat them in the toaster oven or frying pan. The toaster oven works for most foods. If it is a food like plain chicken, then I add a little (or a lot!) coconut oil on top before heating so it won’t be dry.
A frying pan can be used to make fried rice from leftovers. Check out this fried rice recipe using leftover rice.
Leftover cooked potatoes can be fried in some oil in a pan (yummy!).
If waiting 5-15 minutes for your food seems too long you can always use tip number 4:
Use the Microwave
Although I don’t use the microwave often (I don’t think it is really healthy), I do use the microwave. I would rather eat healthy food from a microwave than resort to eating fast food or junk food!
Let the Kids Help
This is the ultimate time saver-once your kids are trained to cook. Although it can be work to teach kids, once they are taught it is sooooo wonderful. My teenager does a lot of the kitchen work for me. My preteen chips in also. I can now let them do an entire meal without my help!
If you want help teaching your kids, Katie from Kitchen Stewardship has a online cooking class for kids- Kids Cook Real Food. Katie teaches both younger children and older children to cook real whole foods! The course is designed for real families-all ages coordinate to make something to eat! There is a curriculum map that you can preview on this page that shows the logically organized skill progression.
Buy Clean Eating Convenience Foods
There are some foods that are extremely clean, but still really good for lazy cooks. 🙂 We often buy boneless skinless chicken tenders in the grocery store. They only take a little bit of time to cook. We put them in a pan with some coconut oil. Jasmine rice is also super easy to make.
There are some brands of frozen potatoes that the ingredients are just potatoes-handy for those times when you don’t have time to cut up your own. Many grocery stores also carry other types of cut up produce-like peppers and onions or butternut squash.
Of course, my favorite convenience food is frozen vegetables. We eat them just about every day!
I hope these real food tips help you to eat more healthy food! You may also be interested in checking out my super quick and healthy meals on a budget.