Whether your goal is to eat healthier, lose weight or just maintain, one of the best pieces of advice I give to the clients I work with is to plan for extras!
When you make supper, plan to make an extra piece of chicken or fish, make more salad, cook extra veggies – whatever it is that you are making, just make more! Half the battle in eating well is having options available in your fridge so that you don’t have to start making things from scratch when you don’t have time or just don’t want to.
Think about it – have you ever grabbed a piece of cheese, or a handful of crackers or something else that was fast and easy, but it didn’t necessarily keep you satisfied and you found yourself back in the fridge or cupboard? I bet that if you had leftovers, a salad or part of it made, hard boiled eggs or leftover chicken, you could easily incorporate it into a meal using whatever ‘leftovers’ you have. You could even have breakfast ready by cooking extra oatmeal and/or steel cut oats, and keeping individual portions in your fridge. It’s that simple and will help you build lasting habits.
Passover is not that far away. Whether you celebrate it or not, I’m sure that you can relate that when holidays are coming it’s like you’re on a marathon of baking and cooking. Chances are you’ll be nibbling on ‘this and that’ instead of taking the time to take a break to sit down to eat. Am I right? This is where your ‘planned extras’ will help you and believe it or not, eating better and healthier will give you more oomph and energy than just grabbing whatever is quick and easy, which unfortunately isn’t always the best option!
As always, I’d love to hear from you!
Please share your tips on what planned extras you have in your fridge to help you stay on track when you are busy with ‘life’!