Kitchen Hacks That Make Life Healthier and Easier

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Whole Grains

Make a big batch of quinoa or rice (or both!) to use in your salads and breakfast recipes or to get a head start prepping for a couple of your weekly dinners, like burritos or a stir-fry. Cook one cup of each and store in glass containers in the fridge, or make bigger batches and freeze in smaller portions to use later.

Overnight Oats

If this is your new obsession, make this fast breakfast even quicker by making a week’s worth all at once.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal

If you prefer your oatmeal hot, save time by making and freezing steel-cut oats in these perfectly portioned little “pucks.” Then in the morning, just take out two or three and warm them in the microwave with your favorite toppings. Cook it traditionally on the stove or make a batch in the crockpot.

Protein Balls

Keeping snacks on hand will prevent you from grabbing unhealthy nibbles. Make a batch of protein balls to keep in the fridge so you can grab them after a workout or in the afternoon to hold you until dinner.

Smoothie Freezer Packs

Make mornings stress-free by having a week of smoothie freezer packs on hand. Just grab one from the freezer, add liquid, and your smoothie will be done in two minutes.

Mason Jar Salads

The ultimate time saver, making a week of mason jar salads all at once takes about an hour to prepare, but you’ll be psyched that you don’t have to make lunch every singe day.

Cut Up Fruits and Veggies

Wash and dice veggies you’ll use for your recipes like roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and peppers for a stir-fry or butternut squash and onions for soup. It’s also a great idea to prep fruit like melon or grapes you can grab for breakfast or after dinner for dessert.

Crockpot Beans

Beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein, and aside from rice and beans or burritos, you can also add them to smoothies, mash them into oatmeal, or use them in your salads. Making a big batch of beans in the crockpot encourages you to eat them, saves you money, and tastes much better than canned beans.

 

About The Author

Yetunde Onanuga is the Business and Advert Manager for Maverick Multimedia, publisher of Acada Magazine where she doubles as the Beauty and Lifestyle columnist. She’s also the creative Director of Beautiful Beauty Ventures; a Make Up/Make Over outfit, having make up for the likes of Iyanya, Tayo Shobola, Olamide, Olaide Bakare, Brain and Denrele Edun amongst others.

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