Have a busy lifestyle? I know I do. I practically work non-stop, travel all the time, and my weight and health goals constantly get put on the back burner for other things like paying bills and sleep! Finding easy ways to maintain a healthy diet, and still feed myself are always on my radar. One thing that I know for sure I couldn’t live without is my freezer. I love fresh food, fruits, and vegetables, but when you don’t have a personal chef who can plan out and manage the perfect amount of these items you either over buy them and they end up going to waste, or you are like me at the grocery store 4 times a week. The reality is fresh anything has a short shelf life, and
There are so many great things you can buy and freeze that are much healthier than running out to Burger King. What’s even better is you can buy these things in bulk and portion them out so that when its time to use you will have the perfect amount! Save both your pockets and your hips!
Mixed vegetables are such a great option for the freezer. They offer fiber to any meal, and they are easy to prepare. Whether you are a bachelor who hasn’t found his way in the kitchen yet, or lady who doesn’t have much time to burn down the kitchen, a bag of mixed veggies should be a staple in your freezer. Most variety you can even steam! A quick stir fry sounds yummy right about now.
If you are a smoothie lover this one is for you! Frozen fruit can cut your smoothie prep time in half. Smoothie’s are a perfect option for a quick morning pick me up. And with the fruit already frozen you are sure to be in for a frozen treat. There are so many fruit options that you can experiment with, and properly stored in the freezer most can last to up to a year and sometimes more. The fruit packs a super punch of anti-oxidants and if u add in a bit of flax seed you have the perfect breakfast or snack. For the person always trying to save money, if you catch bananas on sale buy them! Lots of them! Bananas are a perfect fresh fruit that you can toss in the freezer as well.
I did the pescatarian lifestyle for about a year a few years back, and the hardest part was food prep. I always felt that it was so much easier to get good red meat than it as to find good seafood. Seafood is a great alternative for protein consumption, especially if you are one to hit the gym on a daily basis. It offers you the ability to nourish your body with necessary protein, while still maintaining a pretty lean diet. Frozen shrimp and fish fillets are an easy go to option for the freezer. An now a days they make the fillets packaged individually so you can eat as many as you want at a time.
The food options you can have with edamame are pretty endless. Whether you want to try it out for a nice light snack, or add it into your fresh spinach salad, this option is sure to add the necessary protein you need to your diet. Buying it frozen simply makes it easy and you don’t have to worry about it going bad quickly.
Homemade broth is not only yummy, but great for building your immune system and weight loss by elevating your metabolism. Next time you cook baked chicken save the broth. Pour it into a mason jar and pop it in the freezer. It’s perfect to use for soups, dressing, meat, and other quick meals that you love!