5 healthy eating tips for lazy people
Truth: You won't need to starve yourself just to lose weight. A startling finding from JAMA (the Journal of American Medical Association) revealed that people who don't count their everyday calorie intake and simply cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods lost significant amounts of weight over the course of the year.
Of course, most of us are clueless when it comes to building a healthy diet — especially if we can't be fussed to cook and clean up after. So, how do we start? We turn to Jane Freeman, nutritionist of YOLO Food, to suss out the game plan on how to cheat our way to a healthy diet. Don't worry, there's no elaborate cooking involved.
1. Substitute white rice for brown rice
The option of switching white rice to brown rice is available at most salad bowl shops these days. If you're eating in, there are loads of easy-to-cook rice mixes that require just a few minutes in the microwave.
2. Stock up on frozen fruits
Apart from eating fresh fruit that's known to be good for your body, add frozen fruits to your shopping basket. They have a longer shelf life in the freezer and are perfect to mix into your morning smoothies.
3. Rely heavily on pre-made salad bags
The ideal start to any successful meal prep is baby spinach leaves — there's no chopping or frying needed. All you have to do is add your favourite toppings, whether it's tuna or smoked salmon, and assign them for your lunches from Monday to Friday.
4. Do all your food shopping online
We get it, it's hard to get yourself out of the house when it's 34°C outside. Thanks to the power of technology, you can now order your groceries online through services like HonestBee and RedMart. Looking not to cook at all? Order a hearty lunch straight from YOLO Food.
5. Stash your meals
If you decide to cook, make sure it lasts. For pasta or curry dishes, simply double or triple the recipes and then freeze the leftovers to get you through the next three meals. Tip: Opt for wholemeal pastas and fresh herbs while cutting back on the salt and oil.
About Jane Freeman
Besides being the resident nutritionist at YOLO Food, Jane Freeman is also an internationally acclaimed dietician and qualified sports nutritionist.