The busy lives we lead can make it seem like healthy eating takes time and effort. But changing just a few habits can make a big difference. Here are some tips to help:
Plan a regular shop each week
Setting aside a regular shopping time to re-stock the kitchen with healthy food. This will mean you come home to food and don’t get stuck ordering take-away and convenience food, which is usually high in salt, sugar and saturated fat. If this is a challenge, try shopping online or set up a home delivery arrangement with your local fruit shop.
Make time for breakfast
Mornings can be a rush but breakfast is important. Get up 10 minutes earlier to enjoy a nutritious breakfast. Take a look at our
healthy recipes to find some breakfast ideas. If you are not hungry, take something to eat on the way such as a banana or a fruit smoothie with light milk.
Prepare lunch the night before
Try preparing packed
lunches the night before to save time in the morning. Sandwiches and wraps with egg, fish and meat freeze well so you could prepare them for the whole week.
There are plenty of quick, easy and
healthy recipes to get a meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. Using frozen or canned vegetables can save time on chopping ingredients. Take a look at our tips on
healthy shopping to find out what else you can do with frozen and canned foods.
Freeze your leftovers
When you do have time, such as on the weekend, batch cook and freeze meals to save cooking time when you’re busy. Rice, pasta and cooked legumes can also be frozen in meal-sized portions, reheated and added to another recipe when you need them.