Single girl's guide to healthy eating
I’m all for healthy eating. If Michelle Bridges wanted to come to my house every night to cook a healthy balanced meal I would not be complaining. But sadly Michelle is a little high in demand at the minute, so preparing and cooking healthy meals falls into my lap.
Healthy eating is hard for all of us but it’s harder preparing meals for one - the loneliest number. When most recipes and food portions come in serving sizes of two or four (and eating leftovers every night can get a tad boring), it’s hard not to hear McDonalds calling your name. So here’s a few single girl tips to keep you on track:
Befriend your freezer
I hate wasting food but I also hate eating the same thing every night, so my freezer is my best friend.
If you have bought pre-packaged meat from the supermarket you’ll know they rarely have single portions. So if you don’t have a butcher nearby, buy the two packs, cook your piece of steak and freeze the other for next week.
Always keep frozen veggies in the freezer. If you have a busy week and only eat at home twice, they’re a better alternative to cleaning out rotten zucchini from your fruit and veg draw (you won’t have wasted your money either).
On a day off, cook a recipe that has a serving size of four. Freeze two for the future and keep two in the fridge for your lunch or dinners that week. Some easy and non-time consuming recipes are soups, quiches and curries.
Eggs - When you’re skint on ingredients and can’t be bothered trekking to the supermarket, eggs are a lifesaver. You can make an omelette out of anything or even eggs on toast with a side of veggies will suffice for the night.
Lentils - I once heard someone refer to lentils as ‘bomb shelter food’ and it’s because they last forever. They’re a great source of protein and lentil & veggie soup is spectacular comfort food in winter.
Frozen Veggies - For when your fresh ones are rotten and you’re already snug in your uggs.
Yoghurts - To cease any thought of going through drive-thru for that after dinner sundae. If you find you’re not making your way through a six-pack by the expiry date, yoghurts can also be used on your muesli in the mornings.
What are you healthy eating tips? Do you have a go-to meal?