You’ve been at the office all day under loads of paperwork. Traffic was a nightmare as you spent most of your evening crawling down the road. You walk in the door and have zero energy. The last thing you want to do is sling on that apron and get cooking. We get you, who would want to?!
Luckily, we’ve got just the solutions you need to tackle this scenario so you can stay on track with your health and fitness goals and avoid the take-out guy ringing your doorbell one more time. With a few tricks and some planning ahead, you can have a healthy, home-cooked meal with little effort and big benefits. Take notes because it’s about to get tasty!
Protein should be the main item in all of your meals. Protein feeds your muscles and keeps you feeling fuller longer, so it’s especially important to have after the gym when your body is asking for nutrients the most. The broiler is a quick and easy way to get your chicken, fish, and other protein sources fired up and ready to go. Using a single baking pan, you can lay out several pieces of protein, covered them in olive oil and seasoning, and let them broil for about 10 minutes. You then flip them over and let them go for another 10 minutes or so, and they’re done! If you’re having a veggie for a side, toss them on the same baking pan and broil them up together for a roasted veggie feel.
Pro tip – Broil more than a few pieces and save them for your busy nights during the week. This way you’ll have a great protein source waiting for you when you least feel like cooking.
Steam it up
You know veggies are important, but the thought of one more sad salad is going to make you scream. So what do you do? Explore other textures! One of the best ways to get your veggies in is by steaming them. Enjoy a soft, warm, comforting veggies without feeling like you’re eating a garden. The best part is that you can steam nearly any veggie, even the tough ones. Carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and more can all get the steam treatment! Get a steaming basket or simply pop them into a microwave safe dish for the best veggies you’ve ever had!
Pro tip – If you have some extra time on your hands or looking for something even more comforting, throw any and all steamed veggies into a high-powered blender and you’ve just made a soup! Adding some chicken or vegetable stock can make it more soup textured as well.
A balanced meal should include protein, veggies, and a carb source as well. What’s more versatile and complimentary than rice?! Make it spicy or add some herbs, it’s up to you to dress up this blank canvas and easy carb source. Since rice is so easy to pair with in any meal, a time-saving tip is to cook a large batch of it at once. Whether you’re cooking a meal for the family or cooking a large amount to divide up into meal prep containers, rice is easy and quick. Using a rice cooker or even just a pot and boiling water, you can set it and forget it until it’s time to eat! We suggest brown rice for the many healthy perks is serve above white rice.
Pro tip – Make sure to have a measuring cup to portion out 1 cup servings into your meal prep containers so you can know exactly how many carbs you’re taking in without going overboard.
Once you’ve figured out a fast, easy, and healthy dinner routine, your health and fitness goals should stay on track and get you the results you’re aiming for. When you’re feeling great, you have to look great too so don’t forget to shop all the latest Megliz Swimwear suits at Meglizswimwear.com!