Between work, family commitments, social commitments, and many other daily factors that take up your time, putting together a healthy meal is one of those many everyday puzzle pieces that sometimes get put on the back burner. But when following a more nutritious diet, food must be one of your top priorities. No, that does not mean you have to spend hours cooking or meal prepping, but it does mean putting a little bit more effort and thought into what you are buying at the grocery store.
If you are not used to cooking or grocery shopping, focus on a single meal. Make a list of ingredients for that meal and go grocery shopping to make enough for a couple of dishes. Once that becomes a habit, add more meals until most of your meals are home cooked. When making a grocery list, keep it simple and think in threes.
– Protein: eggs, chicken, fish, or plant-based options like tofu
– Fat: olive oil, nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocado, cheese, or full-fat yogurt
– Fiber-Rich Carbs: starchy options (potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash), oats, whole grains, certain fruits (fresh or frozen), and beans – or low-carb fiber sources like asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and berries
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