No, I don’t really mean candy—I mean it’s important to have healthy options ready to eat so I don’t opt for something high-cal or high-fat in sheer eating desperation.
1. Wash and cut up bite-sized pieces of vegetables, and store them in ziplock sandwich bags in your refrigerator crisper bin.
2. Stock healthy snacks such as raisins and other dried fruits, nuts, cheese, pretzels and reduced-fat crackers—things you can grab on the go.
3. It’s great to buy meat in family-size packages to save money—just divide into serving- or recipe-size packages (ziplock bags work great!) when you get home, and pop them in the freezer or fridge for quick access. I freeze chops, steaks and chicken breasts individually, and ground beef in one-pound packages.
4. Dried beans can take forever to cook (but are so nutritious), so why not cook a large batch and package in smaller portions to freeze for later. They’re much quicker to thaw than to cook.
5. Spend a few hours on the weekend cooking up components—rice, beans, chopped chicken breasts, veggies, etc.—that you can select from to create different dishes each day.
It’s all about access. Suggestions? 😉