By Sujata Limbu
Most nutritionists recommend eating dinner before 8 p.m because an early dinner is one of the smartest ways to lose weight. Eating early lets the food get digested well instead of being converted to fat and getting deposited in fat cells. When it comes to healthy and timely eating, preparation is the key. Planning ahead will help cooking meals quicker and also give you time to make that healthy choice.
With these tips you can whip up a delicious meals in 30 minutes or less despite being back exhausted from work.
1. Chop your veggies ahead of time to save time on busy weeknights. Chopped vegetables such as carrots and onions will last a week or so when refrigerated in sealed plastic bags.
2. Squeeze lemons and keep the juice stored in a glass container. This juice will surely come in need for your dressings and fresh lime juices, it will also stay good when refrigerated for a minimum of 3-4 days.
3. Sort your green leafy vegetables beforehand, seperate into bags and store in the refrigerator. Wash as soon as you need them and green salads in a jiffy.
4. Seasoning meat and fish in advance is one of the easiest tricks that is sure to assist in making a yummy meal for dinner in a short amount of time.You can marinate meats into different plastic containers and remove only what you need.
5. Keep healthy accompaniments in the kitchen such as olive oil, salsa, soy sauce, fresh parmesan cheese. The flavor of these ingredients will turn any dish into a tasty and healthy dinner meal in minutes.
6. Plan your menu for the week ahead and make a grocery list. This list will help you avoid buying unhealthy ingredients and it will also work as a reminder of the meal to be prepared each night.
7. You can make healthy meals that can be frozen and reheated easily, such as soups, stews and broths. They can be frozen and kept in ice cubes trays, this also helps to keep portion control.
8. Steam or roast a large batch of veggies so they can be used throughout the week. Vegetables contain fiber and antioxidants which can easily bulk up a meal and make you feel full instantly.
9. Cook up a big batch of your favorite grain on Sunday and add it to your meals during the weekdays. Try options such as brown rice, quinoa, etc.
10. Add some plant-based proteins to your diet, such as lentils and dried beans. Cook a large amount at a time and freeze the rest. You can add them to whatever you are cooking.
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