Cooking – it’s not for everyone, and HEALTHY cooking? Let’s just say it can be… challenging… especially when you have neither the time or the willpower to learn how to cook food that’s actually good for you.
But don’t worry, lazy chefs, we’ve put together our top 10 healthy, lazy cooking hacks so you can eat right and feel great without much fuss.
1. Switch sugar for natural sweeteners
Sugar isn’t the devil – like so many people would have you believe – but too much of it can have huge impacts on your overall well-being, health and weight.
Think about it, if you put 2 sugars in your brew and have, say, 3 brews a day – that’s 6 teaspoons of sugar already in your system before you even start adding up the amount in your food.
And considering you should really only consume a maximum of 7 teaspoons of sugar a day… well, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it.
Opt instead for natural sweeteners like stevia, honey or coconut sugar. Not only will they add a little sweetness, but they’ll add a little extra health boost at the same time.
2. Invest in a slow cooker
Seriously, this is one kitchen gadget you won’t regret at all, and they’re not that pricey. What they are, however, is a lazy chef lifesaver.
Cooking with one of these gems is simple particularly on days you’re pushed for time. Just toss all your ingredients into the cooker in the morning, put the heat on low and leave it alone while you go about your daily business.
Then, when you come home, you’ll have a hearty meal ready made so you can just tuck in and enjoy.
3. Switch your oils
Olive oil is often the go to choice for home cooks and it’s easy to understand why. It tastes good, it’s packed with essential fatty acids and it’s deliciously versatile.
BUT, out of all the oils, olive oil has one of the lowest smoke points meaning it’s super easy to burn before you even begin to cook.
Instead, you should try an oil like Avocado Oil. It has a really high smoke point, is less processed and tastes A. MAZE. ZING! Oh and it’s seriously wonderful on the nutrition front…
4. Get brothing
Cooking your food in a broth is a great way to cut out unwanted fats from your diet as you don’t use any oil. Plus, it’s super tasty because you can load the broth with as many herbs and spices as you like.
5. Use your freezer
Chances are your freezer has meat (from us of course), ice-cream, maybe a Protein Pizza or two and some random food you bought ages ago you were sure you’d cook but never did.
STOP. Your freezer is literally the most magical piece of equipment in your home because it can store EVERYTHING!
From fresh veggies to batch made on-the-go breakfast muffins and, yes, meat, meat and more meat, stock your freezer up so you always have nutritious food close to hand.
It’ll even save you a fortune on your shopping bills…
6. Batch cook
This is related to the freezer point before. Batch cook everything then freeze individual portions so all you have to do is defrost that meal and get to munching!
7. Swap simple carbs for complex carbs
There’s been something of a sweet potato revolution in recent years but if you’re still foregoing the revolt, then now is the time to get on board.
Whole grains, like quinoa and brown rice, and sweet potatoes (instead of white spuds) are chock full of slow release carbs so they take longer to digest meaning you’ll feel fuller for longer (and less likely to crave that McD’s on your way home from work…)
8. Add veggies to EVERYTHING
You simply cannot eat too many veggies and they can be used in all manner of dishes. Cooking a chilli? Throw in some red peppers.
Bolognese sauce? Toss in some chopped celery. Simply put – get creative!
Better yet, stock your freezer with packets of frozen veggies so you always have ready to cook, mineral dense vegetables to hand, they’re just as good as the fresh kind but be careful not to overcook them as you’ll cook out the goodness.
9. Invest in your cookware
This can be pricey – but it’s worth it. Investing in good quality, non-stick cookware can mean the difference between a super fatty meal (albeit unintentionally) and a healthy meal.
Why? With quality non-stick cookware you’ll not need to use so much oil when cooking. It’s a small thing, but it makes a huge difference.
10. Read, read and read, then read some more
This one isn’t so much about “cooking” but it can certainly make a difference.
When buying something to munch, take 2 seconds to read the INGREDIENTS. If you see a whole bunch of words you don’t understand then put it back on the shelf – you don’t need these things in your body.
The more aware you are of what you’re eating, the easier it is to make healthy choices.