Cooking your own meals will help you eat healthier and achieve your weight loss goals (and no, heating up pre-packaged meals doesn’t count). By doing this, you are in charge of what you’re eating and are able to monitor exactly what goes into your food.
In fact, studies show that spending time on preparing and cooking meals at home is associated with better dietary habits.
Yes, when it comes to healthy eating, preparation is the key to success. Zero cooking skills? No problem. There are tons of easy-to-follow recipes that you can find online and certain kitchen tools to make cooking easier and hassle-free, which I’ll be sharing with you in today’s blog post.
For those who will be on a diet that counts calories or macros, it’s very important to know exactly how your food weighs. Simply eyeballing your portions is not ideal, you need the help of a digital food scale.
Food scales range from simple ones like that cost for only $10 or those advanced $40-digital food scales that displays the Nutrition Facts.
To keep those carb intake low, a spiralizer will be your best buddy. A spiralizer will give turn fresh vegetables such as zucchini and carrots into noodles and pastas. See, cutting carbs doesn’t have to be so bad.
Although your blender can also work as a food processor, it’s still good to have a food processor in your kitchen to do more “labored tasks” like chopping nuts, making your own almond butter, hummus, pesto and a lot more. Basically, it’s the tool of choice for preparing dishes that are more chunky and textured.
Steaming is one of the healthiest cooking methods, and you don’t really need to have one of those fancy steamers. An inexpensive silicone steamer like the OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer ($16.99) can turn your pots or pressure cooker into a safe and effective steamer.
Make washing and drying your greens, fruits and other vegetables quicker and easier with a salad spinner.
Reusable Meal Prep Containers
Preparing your meals ahead of time will not just save you time and money, this will also encourage you to eat healthier at all times. Having ready-meals inside your fridge means that you will always have healthy food and snacks available anytime you get hungry, which limits the chances of eating junk food or ordering fast food. That being said, you’ll need reusable containers to store the food you’ve prepared ahead.
I’d recommend food containers that have different compartments like this one from Freshware, which is BPA free – reusable, microwaveable, dishwasher and freezer safe.