How to Optimize the Time You Spend Buying and Preparing Meals

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Let’s face it, you probably want to eat better, but eating well isn’t exactly convenient. Like anything worthwhile in life, eating a healthy balanced diet takes effort. The first part of the effort equation is the knowledge aspect. If you’re following along with our 8-part series on hacking your diet, you’ll be well on your way to having the knowledge you need.

But what’s the second half of the puzzle?

TIME. The most precious currency there is. And the bottom line is that if eating well takes too much time, you likely just won’t bother. Especially if you’re a busy entrepreneur trying to keep a million other ducks in a row.

Luckily there are a bunch of ways you can save time and still eat really well, thus boosting your productivity and results by giving your body the building blocks it needs, right? 

We got a guide for you guys that know you should be meal planning but just cant seem to find the time.

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Mastering Meal Prep and Meal Planning

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Meal Prep sounds like something for grannies but trust me, it’s essential if you want to save time and eat like a king or queen. So what exactly am I talking about when I say meal prep? Well basically you do one big shop, set aside a few hours one day and make meals that will last you all week.

It’s pretty amazing how much time and energy you can save by doing this. If you’ve ever used batching principles in your business, this is the same idea just with food. Because what has science taught us about multitasking? That it doesn’t freaking work.

To get started with meal planning I recommend checking out this well-thought out blog post.

Paleo Batch Cooking: How I make 12+ Meals in 2 Hours from Empowered Sustenance. She explains the basics of batch cooking in a really easy way.

So for me, I like to roast a whole chicken and prepare any other staples that take too long after a day of working hard on your business. Examples include root vegetables like sweet potato, squash, carrots etc.

Another easy thing to make ahead of time is a big pot of soup. Portion out a few servings to keep in the fridge and freeze the rest. Here’s a great post of healthy soup recipes you can make on a prep day.

There are also a TON of paleo/primal meal planning programs available for a small monthly fee (like for 6 bucks you can’t go wrong). My favorite is Real Plan because it’s so easy to use and has so many amazing recipes that are really easy to make.

When you invest in a meal planning service you should make sure it has shopping lists, recipes and maybe some extra tips and tricks for an optimal experience. Honestly, meal planning might seem like just another expense but it really does save you money if you follow it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel like shit when food goes to waste and good meal planning eliminates that.

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Get a Crockpot

Another thing you might associate with Grannies but crockpots or slow cookers are a major timesaver and you can bust out some restaurant worthy dishes with very minimal effort. Plus, who doesn’t love to come home to a hot meal? Yes please.

I use my crockpot all the time and it makes batch cooking a breeze. Throw a whole chicken in there or a pork shoulder for homemade pulled pork that’ll last all week (or longer if you freeze it).

Slow cookers are also great for cooking large squashes and pumpkins without having to do all the work peeling and prepping that you normally would. You just throw the whole thing in there for a few hours and presto.

There are thousands of paleo friendly slow cooker recipes out there but how about starting with 145+ Paleo & Grain Free Recipes.

The best part is that pretty much all of these recipes are freezer friendly, which bring me to the next point.

Your Freezer is Your Friend

Saving up for a rainy day has a whole new meaning when you’re trying to batch cook and eat well. Your freezer should be fully stocked with leftovers and any extra food you have that’s not going to get used in time.

Buy some glass freezer friendly containers if you don’t have any and stash any extra food away for those days when you don’t feel like cooking. Take a peek in your fridge in the AM and if you’re running low on food just grab something from the freezer and make your life way easier.

Meal Delivery

Ok so you’re really busy and you don’t want to bother with meal prep and slow cookers and all that good stuff. Don’t worry, hope is not lost. There are plenty of health meal delivery services that will still be way more cost effective than eating out every night.

Check out this list of the top paleo delivery services or google your city and ‘paleo food delivery’ to see what your local options are.

Ingredient Delivery

If you’re down to cook but you hate wasting time at the grocery store (and who can blame you) there are a bevy of options for ingredient delivery.

Thrive is awesome because they have everything from soap to coconut oil. For fresh veggies and fruit just google ‘organic fruit and veg delivery’ for your local options.

US Wellness Meats delivers free-range, grass fed meat across the US and is top quality for those hard to find items.

Even Amazon has grocery stuff and if there are things you buy monthly or weekly you can sign up for Prime and get them delivered automatically so you don’t even have to think about it. The less brainpower wasted on monotony the more you have leftover for the important stuff.

 

Buy Pantry Staples and Freezables in Bulk 

Buying in bulk isn’t just for families with 17 children. If you want to save money and time then buying in bulk just makes sense. I love getting my hands on whole animals. That sounds weird! But seriously, buying high-quality grass fed meat is way more affordable in large quantities. It’s also much more convenient as organic meat can be hard to come by and if you have to go out of your way every week just to eat meat that’s not loaded with hormones you may as well go vegan *jokes*.

Other items I often buy in bulk include: organic nuts, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil (Just make sure to store them properly). Any non-perishable staple foods that you have storage space for makes more sense purchased in bulk. And many things don’t even take up that much space.

Now go use those grannie skills and kill it in the kitchen!

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