Do you ever feel like you get stuck in a healthy eating rut?
Left feeling a little uninspired for what to eat? Sick of eating the same old things?
This is something that I really struggle with at times. I get really uninspired and in a rut of eating the same old things each week. When I notice the frustration with this I have to take intentional action to move out of this phase so I don’t stay stuck in a rut with food and healthy eating, as that is when the more unhealthy habits start to sneak back in.
The definition of adulting is having to decide what to make for dinner every night and I hate it.
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I’m not a great cook and I don’t particularly enjoy it. But I do want to make tasty and nutritious meals for myself and my family. I also want to make it easier for myself to reach my body goals.
If you have been here reading for some time you may well know that I am on a bit of a weight loss journey right now, though for the month of March that has come to a little bit of a halt.
As we are now stepping into spring I am feeling the resurgence of energy and inspiration that comes with a change in season.
Spring is a time for rebirth, regrowth and more energy.
The sun is starting to shine and the days are getting longer and lighter Im feeling ready to shake things up again and get out of my healthy eating rut.
Here are some ideas that I’m using and may also help you to get some healthy eating inspiration too.
Simplicity & What You Already Know
Whilst I like to change up my foods from time to time, there is a time and a place for sticking with what you know. If you are wanting to lose weight going back to tried and tested meals and recipes can have a place. As busy woman, simple and time-efficient recipes will be your friend.
Make a quick list of all the meals that you know work for you, that you enjoy but maybe haven’t made in a while and pick some of your favourites to make this week.
Some of my all-time favourites come from the original Metabolic Makeover cookbook such as chicken pizzas, chicken satay, teriyaki salmon or turkey meatballs.
All quick, easy and super tasty and don’t take up much brain capacity to make.
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Get out any cookbooks you already have in the house or stored on your computer and see if there is any fresh inspiration that you already have access to.
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Change It Up With Flavour
A very simple way to make your existing meals a little more interesting is to just add a bit of flavour. When it comes to making weight loss meals, they can sometimes get a bit boring and samey.
A very simple weight loss hack that I use is to just add the pre-mixed seasoning to your meals.
I particularly love the Spanish, Italian or Mexican mixes to add to things like fajitas, pasta or burrito wraps to add flavour in the most simple way possible.
I know in the UK you have way more options than we do here. So next time you go shopping check out what’s available in the seasoning section and stock up on your favourite flavours.
Hello Fresh is something that I do dip in and out of. I do think it’s a little too expensive to have every single week. But it’s a great way to explore new recipes.
I like to just to do a week every now and then to get some fresh inspiration. Plus you get all of the recipe cards with the meals and so you come to have another bank of recipes to go at.
Not only am I not a huge fan of cooking, but I hate doing the weekly food shop even more.I think that it’s because we currently have a small fridge and so can’t buy everything in one big shop and so I often feel like I’m doing multiple food shops each week which is just not really time efficient. Whilst we work this year on house renovations, we have to work with what we have got.
So getting Hello Fresh is just so convenient, I just love getting all the ingredients for a recipe delivered straight to my door without having to think about it, it feels like a real luxury.
And though I do think it’s quite expensive per portion, the fact that I’m not in the supermarket buying other things (most that I probably don’t really need) alongside my shop I think I actually probably save some money doing less shopping per week.
If like me you aren’t exactly the best cook in the world, these type of delivery services will actually teach you how to cook with their step by step recipe cards. I also think they are really great for helping you to manage portion awareness. We often eat portions that are more than we really need, especially when weight loss is a goal.
There are lots of different home delivery companies now, but Hello Fresh is the one that I have used so can’t compare to any others.
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Exploring New Cook Books & Recipes
My friend recently lent me a cookbook as I was looking for some more inspiration away from what I usually make.
I’m absolutely loving this cookbook as her style of cooking is exactly the type of foods that I love to make. Easy to do, can be made in less that 30 minutes and with minimal faff.
Tick, tick, tick!
Or as a money saving option, why not ask around if any of your friends want to do a cookbook swap and get some fresh inspiration?
When it comes to recipes Pinterest is an amazing and free resource. It may take a little more time to search through and get inspired.
But if you have the spare time and don’t want to pay for recipes Pinterest is an amazing resource to go to.
You can follow my Pinterest board as I have saved some of my favourites HERE
I’m going to come back to pinning some more recipes so make sure you are following my page over there too.
I don’t know about you but I have a tonne of dried foods in my cupboards that have been sitting there for an age.
Lentils, pulses, quinoa etc, I have them already there in my cupboard for longer than they probably should be.
So if you do to, take a little time to see what you already have and look up recipes that use the ingredients that you already have in stock.
This is going to save money on your next shop as well as mean less waste.
If you also check what’s already in your fridge and also check for any veggies or other foods that may be on their way out you can use those up first.
If you have veggies that are close to their end, then chop them up, put them in freezer bags and into the freezer. That way they are chopped and ready to be added into that recipe when you need them.
Invest in some good quality glass food containers. These can be frozen, are dishwasher safe and if you are freezing leftovers then they can be put straight into the oven with minimal faff.
Love A List
I’m actually really terrible at doing this as I just do it all from memory. Hence why I have multiple items of the same thing.
But if you/I can get into the habit of checking what you already have, then write a list of the things you need from the recipes you have chosen. This will help to be less wasteful but also save on money too.
One of my goals is to be that super organised person.
I hope these tips have given you some inspiration to get your mojo back with your healthy eating habits. Take some time to plan out your meals, get those quick and easy meal ideas in the bank to make your life easier in the long run.
A little preparation can go a really long way.
It doesn’t have to be rocket science, but taking a little intention to get re-inspired to make healthy, tasty delicious meals can go a really long way in supporting you and your body to feel its best.
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