No Time to Eat Right? Think Again.
Are you caught between healthy intentions but too-little time? Trying to fit eating well into an already over booked schedule might seem like a no-win situation. Who has time to cut up vegetables, boil beans, or wash and chop salad greens, when you barely find time to brush your teeth?! Registered dietician Elizabeth Somer, RD, has some time-saving advice for you.
Toss the stop watch. Time isn't the issue when it comes to eating well. You don't even need to cook to be healthy. With a well-stocked kitchen, convenient equipment like an Oster® Versa® Blender, and a few simple nutrition tricks, it takes less time to prepare a nutritious meal than it does to order take-out. Even in a time-crunch, these guidelines are simple, if you:
Stock the kitchen. Keep healthful staples on hand, such as pasta, frozen chicken breasts and fruits like blueberries, bottled low-fat sauces, salad fixings, and fresh fruits and vegetables that will wait for you, such as apples, oranges, celery, onions, and carrots. With a well-stocked kitchen you can throw together a tasty and healthful snack or meal with little or no planning.
Shop right. Purchase minimally processed prepared foods, such as precut veggies and fruits, plain yogurt, minced garlic, ready-made polenta, or pre-sliced or grated low-fat cheese. Shop with the week in mind to avoid repeated mini-trips.
Go high tech. This is where the versatile Oster® Versa® Blender comes in. It is convenient, and easy to use. With a kitchen stocked with colorful fruits and vegetables, yogurt, orange juice, and other healthy items, you can blend a super-foods breakfast, grate or chop veggies for favorite lunch or dinner recipes, or make your favorite nut butters for snacks in literally seconds.
Bring food with you. Carry healthful snacks, such as fresh fruit, yogurt, baby carrots, whole-grain crackers, and/or use the Oster® Versa® Blender's Blend-N-Go® Cups to carry a freshly made smoothie. Plan to eat regularly throughout the day to avoid uncontrollable cravings.
Prepare extra. To save time, make extra amounts of foods that are used frequently. For example, when preparing a weekend dinner, cook extra chicken, or use your Oster® Versa® Blender to chop extra celery, grate extra carrots, and make fresh pesto, sauces, dips, or salsa, then store them in the refrigerator to use in salads, soups, or sandwiches later in the week. When whipping up a smoothie, make a double batch for later. Many dishes - from spaghetti, lasagna, and stew to soups, casseroles, and sauces - can be made in bulk and frozen in individual containers for later use.
Elizabeth Somer, RD, is a registered dietitian who has carved a unique professional niche as a dietitian well-versed in nutrition research. For the past 35 years, she has kept abreast of the current research, packaging that information into her newsletter Nutrition Alert, easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, spokesperson projects, and practical news for the media.