It’s not just the lack of time, but also the genuine lack of energy. Ever watched celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay on youtube preparing “20 minute” meals shouting “so easy!”? Let’s be realistic, what takes a 3 star Michelin chef 20 minutes to prepare will take us mere mortals an hour (did you see how fast he was moving the knife?) or more… assuming we have any energy or inclination left to cook at the end of a long work day.
Hence I compiled this short list of 5 highly feasible practices that will allow you to eat well (that is real, whole foods) while avoiding most of the hassle of cooking, and also control portions easily.
MEAL PREP BOXES
Use lunch boxes with compartments; these compartments make it easier for you to control portions when dishing out your curried potatoes or stir fried veggies etc.
SPICE & HERB COMBINATIONS
Whittingtons or McCormick or Selvi…whichever brand strikes your fancy, go for it! Don’t be a food snob trying to prepare all your herbs and spices fresh and from scratch. Get 99% of the flavour for 1% of the effort!
FROZEN & CANNED FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Washed and cut, plus they retain most of the nutrients of fresh produce. Bonus: because frozen & canned produced can be kept for long periods, you can also save shopping time by buying them in larger quantities, sparing yourself repeat trips to Cold Storage Supermarkets or repeat logins to your RedMart account.
ON-THE-GO SNACK PACKS
Pre-portioned snacks like small packs of almonds makes it easier to control portions. If you reach into a big jar of nuts its really easy to eh…go nuts…and grab too many of them and overeat.
ON-THE-GO FRUIT PACKS
Washed, cut and pre-portioned! Do I need to explain myself again? These fruit packs are readily found at fruit stalls and supermarkets. Easy-Peasy!
Give these practices a try! And let me know how well they work for you!