I don't know about you, but I always feel squeezed for time. Between work, workouts, physical therapy sessions (I'm getting over a leg injury), and time with my boyfriend and friends, I'm always running from one thing to the next. But that doesn't mean a healthy meal rotation has to be sacrificed. Eating well doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. I've got a few veggie- and protein-packed dishes I like to cook when I'm busy. These meals prove you can spend less time in the kitchen.
Want to eat healthier without spending hours on meal prep? I use a few different kitchen gadgets that make it easy (and fun!) to cook nutritious food at home. If you think you're too busy to get all your fruits and vegetables in, this gear is sure to save the day! Ready to plan your next shopping spree with these affordable tools?
Are you tossing your melon rinds and orange peels in the trash? You're missing out! Cooking with food scraps is one of my favorite ways to bump up the flavor in meals without adding too many extra calories. Bonus: Reducing waste also helps me save at the store. Want to hear my best tips for getting more out of your next grocery haul?
Think eggs have too much cholesterol to be good for you? This is one of the worst food myths out there! Since I don't eat meat, I cook up omelets and French toast on repeat. (Hint: Eggs aren't only for breakfast!) There's no better way to get protein, vitamins, and minerals together in one delicious bite. Want to know how to make your eggs even healthier?
Carbohydrates are often demonized, but your body actually needs them to thrive. So how can you eat carbs without giving yourself a sugar hangover? I look for high-fiber fruits and veggies (like pumpkin and apples, which are in-season and so delish this time of year) and protein-containing foods (like cottage cheese) to give my meals and snacks better balance. Looking for some new, low-sugar recipe ideas?
Getting ready for any outing, whether it's a quickie ballgame or a multi-day cruise, requires some planning in the food department. No matter what, you're bound to come across more than a few tempting food and drink options! Need some travel-friendly meal and snack ideas?
Feeling stressed for time? You're not alone. Most nights these days, I'm too busy to cook complicated recipes—so I rely on easy meals like pita pizzas, sandwiches, and rice with veggies and beans. When I can't find the energy to cook up even an easy meal, I order takeout. There's no need to feel guilty about ordering in on occasion, especially with the help of my healthy takeout tips! Want to learn more about simplifying your healthy eating routine?
Your body is constantly changing, but what about your lifestyle? If you haven't made many diet updates over the years, you could be falling short of your needs for anti-aging (and cholesterol-lowering) nutrients like antioxidants and fiber. I keep up by eating more fresh produce—cherries, pomegranate, and tomato are a few of my favorites! Wondering which foods you should be focusing on the most right now?
Feeling a mid-afternoon slump coming on? I rely on healthy snacks to keep me going year-round, especially during this busy back-to-school season. If you have kids, I know that it's hard enough to get them ready and out the door in time. My stay-fueled strategy when I'm this busy: In between meals, I look for simple bites made with filling ingredients (like nuts, whole grains, fruits, and veggies; a banana ice cream with nut topping is one of my favorites!).
If you've met a big or small weight-loss goal, you might be wondering how to keep those pounds off for good. Making smart food choices—like filling up on fiber-packed fruits and veggies, and cutting back on added sugars—is important. But motivation helps, too, like treating yourself to a new workout class or a spa day when you've logged your meals for three days in a row, met a five-pound weight-loss goal, or simply are feeling really great about your lifestyle choices. These little rewards help