There is a growing trend of people living alone. Eating out and fast food have become the norm for many. Healthy eating should be a part of their daily plans, but often is not. Dinner, in particular, seems to be a problem. Many feel making meals for one is a chore. In reality, preparing healthy meals takes less time than you think and, in the long run, saves money.
Eating healthy meals can improve your life. Combined with exercise, it will help you look younger and live longer. Skipping meals or eating fast food and high-fat snacks can be dangerous to your overall health. There is great concern among the medical community about the growing obesity of the population. Take control and develop healthier eating habits. It’s relatively easy to cook for one and have tasty, healthy meals.
I have lived alone for many years and developed a healthy eating style. That doesn’t mean I don’t indulge myself every now and then. Overall, I try to follow the guidelines for healthy eating. You can do the same. Following are some tips for creating healthy meals.
Each week make out a menu and grocery list. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables once a week. By planning in advance, you can have tasty and healthful meals.
If you don’t have any cookbooks, purchase a couple. There are a number of cookbooks for making meals for one or two. Purchase one. It’s worth it. You’ll find recipes that are easy to make.
Invest in a slow cooker and slow cooker cookbook. You can create meals with little clean up. Buying slow cooker liners saves you the trouble of scrubbing the pot. You can make many of your favorites including that comfort food you like.
You can also buy frozen vegetables and steamer bags. These bags allow you to put the vegetables in the microwave for a few minutes. Again, no clean up. You can add them to your slow cooker meal.
Divide the meals into plastic container and freeze them. A few minutes in the microwave at dinner time and you have a healthy, tasty meal.
Have a salad with your meal or just a salad. Bags of lettuce can be found in the produce department, or you can make your own. A number of years ago I learned a trick for keeping my own salads fresh for several days. Cut up the vegetables you want except tomatoes. Put them in a bowl with a tight fitting lid. Place a paper towel over the top of the bowl and snap on the lid. Turn the bowl upside down and place it in the refrigerator. The salad will stay fresh for several days.
You can also make your own fruit salad using fruits that are in season. Choose the fruits you like, cut them up and place them in a bowl with a tight fitting lid. Easy to pull out in the morning and have a fruit salad.
Don’t hesitate to eat out alone. I enjoying dining with friends, but every now and then I go solo. Restaurants have made it easier by including healthy choices on their menus. You can even order half salads and smaller portions of entrees
Find the time to eat healthy. Resist a diet of fast food and junk food temptations. Stay active and eat healthy. With healthy solo eating you will feel better, look younger and save money.
Lois Bernstein is a former master teacher, adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor and curriculum developer. She is currently tutoring in reading, writing, study skills and math.