Quick, Healthy and Tasty Meal Ideas for Busy People

Life is short and life is busy – most people don’t have time to do all the things they want to do; they wish they had more than 24 hours in a day. There’s no time to stop and smell the roses and even less to invest in wholesome home-cooked meals. But by neglecting the latter, you pay a heavy price in terms of your health, and no amount of money can give you back what you’ve lost. So to safeguard and boost your health, you must look for healthy meal ideas that are also tasty and which take no time to prepare. Here are a few to get you started on your quest to good health:

  • Start out with simple soups: Soups are probably the easiest of healthy foods to make – all you need to do is throw together the ingredients, add some seasoning, and voila! Your soup is ready! If you don’t have time to chop fresh vegetables for your soup, buy packets of cut vegetables that you can just wash and add to the broth. Include lean meats like chicken or turkey to add flavor and body to your soup; and invest in a slow cooker that allows you to put all the ingredients in and come home to a perfectly cooked and hot dinner many hours later.
  • Veggies, fruits and nuts make great snacks: If you’re searching for smart snack ideas that don’t take too much time to put together, you best bet is to munch on fruits and eat veggies like carrots and celery. If you want, you can choose healthy dips to make your snack more enticing. Nuts like walnuts, hazel nuts and almonds also make healthy and filling snack options – they’re loaded with the good kind of fat, and as long as they’re not fried or salted, can be eaten to your heart’s content. Steer clear of peanuts though – they may cause allergies and are not really healthy.
  • Throw together your own healthy desserts: Instead of gorging on ice cream, pies and cakes, make your own smoothies using skim milk and fruit or mix yoghurt and your favorite fruit in the blender for some delicious flavored yoghurt. Make fruit salads and top up with low-fat ice cream if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. When you make a conscious choice to avoid fatty desserts and instead make your own healthier alternatives, you not only lose weight, you also provide your health with a much needed boost.
  • Make meals that are easy: Don’t feel guilty that you’re not making elaborate meals; it’s enough to throw together a simple salad or make pasta with a readymade sauce and some veggies on the side. As long as you avoid eating out or resorting to frozen dinners, as long as your hunger is satisfied, as long as you haven’t stuffed yourself, and as long as you don’t feel guilty about what you’ve eaten, you’re ok in terms of a healthy meal.
  • Set aside a day to stock up your pantry: This could be a weekly or fortnightly affair depending on your convenience. You’re inclined to cook only when you have all the ingredients on hand, and when everything’s available, cooking takes no time at all. So the first thing you need to do to start your journey towards healthy meals is to make a list of ingredients based on the foods you’re going to cook often, and stock up on them. This way, you don’t feel tempted to buy takeaway, eat out, or resign yourself to a frozen, pre-packaged meal and are prepared to cook healthier and more wholesome options.

Time is of the essence to everyone, but if you really want to make your hours count, invest a few of them in your health.