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Eating healthy can be tough — especially when
you don’t have time to cook, let alone learn
how to make food that’s actually good for you.

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1. Cook
with oils like olive oil and avocado oil
because they’re not as processed as some other
oils, like canola.

Cook with oils like olive oil and avocado oil because they're not as processed as some other oils, like canola.

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— Abby
Langer

Get the two bottles of avocado oil
here, for $30.25, and the olive oil

here, for $12.00.

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2. Or use
broth to cook your food, and skip oil altogether.

“I like to use broth (chicken or vegetable)
sometimes instead of using oil. If you want to go
minimal on the amount of oil you use, broth is a
great option because it’s flavorful and not as
fat-heavy. You can make your own, or just buy
things like Campbell’s canned broth if you need
it quick.”

— Abby
Langer

Here’s a simple chicken broth recipe so you
can make your own.

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3. Try
poaching and braising your food instead of
frying.

“I use bay leaf and peppercorn in my broth to
make it tasty and then put something like salmon
in and poach it. Braising is basically cooking a
tough cut of meat (that’s usually inexpensive),
in a liquid for a long time. Braising in a
slow-cooker is the original one-pot meal.”

— Abby
Langer

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4. Make and
freeze a bunch of healthy breakfasts so you
always have something to grab in the morning.

“Find a healthy muffin or egg sandwich recipe,
make a shit-ton and freeze them. Then when you’re
rushing for breakfast you can just pop it in the
microwave and eat it on the go.”

— laurenh4265bf8e3

Get the recipe for these breakfast sandwiches

here, and find more healthy make-ahead
breakfasts
here.

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5. Stock
up on frozen veggies and add them to
everything.

Stock up on frozen veggies and add them to everything.

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“Frozen vegetables are the best. They keep in
all the vitamins and minerals, they’re ready to
cook, and you can keep tons in your freezer
without running out of them like the harvested
fresh ones.”

—gisellav2

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6. But
don’t overcook them and make sure you eat them
with some healthy fat.

But don't overcook them and make sure you eat them with some healthy fat.

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“You don’t want to kill your vegetables because
then they’ll lose all their nutrients. Try to
keep them just a little crisp. You also need
fat to absorb those nutrients, so just steaming
your broccoli and not having any olive oil,
avocado, broth, butter, etc. with it is going
to inhibit the absorption of those vitamins.”

— Abby
Langer

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7. Get
yourself a
double-decker steamer for easy, steamed
veggies whenever you want.

Get yourself a double-decker steamer for easy, steamed veggies whenever you want.

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“The best thing I do with vegetables is steam
them, four to five different vegetables at the
same time, for 10 minutes tops.”

—gisellav2

Get it
here, for $32.00.

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8. And
stock up on frozen lean proteins, like shrimp,
salmon, and chicken.

— Abby
Langer

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9. Swap
out sugar-loaded staples for natural sweeteners
— or at least things with less added sugar.

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“I totally stopped getting the high-sugar
flavored coffee creamers. I drink a lot of
coffee, and was probably using close to a cup
of those creamers every day. I switched to soy
milk and almond milk and just by making this
one change, I lost a lot of weight in about two
months and have kept that weight off for close
to three years now.”

—Erin Hicks, Facebook

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11. Or
try roasting them.

Or try roasting them.

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“Two words: roasted vegetables. Take whatever
veggies you have, fresh or frozen, toss them in
a little olive oil, and add whatever seasonings
you fancy. I always use seasoned salt, pepper,
onion powder, and garlic powder. Roast them at
400°F until they start to brown. I haven’t met
a veggie I didn’t like roasted, even if I don’t
like it in other forms.”

—raebea

Buy this roasting pan
here, for $18.33.

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12.
Actually read the ingredients on a nutrition
label. If it doesn’t make sense, look for a
less processed version.

Actually read the ingredients on a nutrition label. If it doesn't make sense, look for a less processed version.

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“If I can’t pronounce any of the the first five
ingredients, or don’t know what they are, I
don’t buy it. If it looks dyed, I don’t buy it.
It sounds so extra, but if there’s one thing
you should be extra with, it’s what goes on/in
your body.”

— Laura
Genevieve

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13.
Invest in a spiralizer and slicer so you can
easily (and creatively) add vegetables to every
meal.

Invest in a spiralizer and slicer so you can easily (and creatively) add vegetables to every meal.

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“Spiralizers are fabulous for creating new
dishes! Spiralized vegetables don’t taste
anything like pasta, so people need to not have
that expectation. However, they’re a fun,
easy-to-use tool for anyone’s kitchen if they
want to eat more vegetables via spiralized
salads, cooked or raw ‘zoodles’ with sauces,
etc.”

— Abby
Langer

Get one
here, for $29.99, and go
here for 21 different ways to use it.

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15. Stock
your kitchen with whole, minimally processed
foods that are versatile so that you can use
them in a lot of different recipes without
getting bored.

Stock your kitchen with whole, minimally processed foods that are versatile so that you can use them in a lot of different recipes without getting bored.

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“If I know I can spend only 15 minutes on a
healthy meal, I can convince myself it’s better
than spending 15 minutes stopping for fast
food. So I try to make sure to have low-fuss
ingredients on hand that make dinner easier.
For example, I make shredded chicken in a
crockpot and freeze it in one-serving portions.
Then I’ll throw a serving in with quinoa, black
beans, canned green chilis, and some salsa.
Takes no time at all and is much more
nutritious than Taco Bell and cheaper than
Chipotle.”

—bekahwestcott

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16. Keep
complex carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and
brown rice on hand.

“Whole grains and complex carbs are great because
they’re slower to digest and will keep you full
longer.”

— Abby
Langer

Here’s more info on the difference between
simple and complex carbs.

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17.
Experiment with fun spices (and maybe even grow
your own) to make those same veggie and protein
combinations taste more interesting.

— Abby
Langer

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18. Buy
plastic freezer bags and good tupperware so
that you don’t have to cook as often.

Buy plastic freezer bags and good tupperware so that you don't have to cook as often.

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“Every few months I chop a load of onions,
garlic, ginger, chili, coriander, parsley,
mint, etc and put it all in individual freezer
bags then I use it as needed for soups, stews,
sauces and stir-frys. Freezing preserves all
the goodness and if I have all that stuff on
hand I’m not temped to buy ready-made meals or
pre-made sauces which can be full of additives
and preservatives.”

—charlimaxpower

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19.
Bookmark a bunch of healthy one-pan or one-pot
recipes that you really enjoy.

Bookmark a bunch of healthy one-pan or one-pot recipes that you really enjoy.

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“I like cooking dinner most nights for my
spouse and I try to cook as healthy as
possible. But I HATE clean up. I recently
discovered a ton of one-pan recipes, most of
them with chicken or shrimp, and lots of
veggies! The seasonings you can use will make
it all taste delicious after cooking in the
oven for 20 or 30 minutes, and the meat is
always cooked through perfectly!”

—lauram439308c4b

Here are some (mostly-healthy) one-pot
chicken dinners that require basically no
clean-up.

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20. Buy a
food scale if you’re the worst at eye-balling
portions.

Buy a food scale if you're the worst at eye-balling portions.

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“Lots of serving sizes are indicated in ounces
or grams, and using a food scale can help you
to become aware of how much you are actually
eating, and what a serving size actually looks
like. They’re fairly inexpensive and a great
investment!”

— catawampus

You can get
this one for less than $15.

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21. Also
consider getting a dependable slow cooker for
making low maintenance one-pot recipes.

Also consider getting a dependable slow cooker for making low maintenance one-pot recipes.

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“Slow cookers make things so easy and are
perfect for those nights where you’re in a
hurry and don’t have time to cook. Throw all
your ingredients in the pot during the morning
and come back to a meal already made. Plus, if
you’re cooking meat, it’s usually really lean
and tender by the time you serve it because
it’s been cooking in liquid all day.”

— Abby
Langer

Buy one
here, for $29.50.

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