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3 tips for making healthy eating easy this summer

Anyone else experiencing quarantine-fatigue? I thought so! How about cooling-fatigue?!? As much as our world is starting to open a bit more for us to enjoy (yay!), I’m lacking in motivation and interest in making home-cooked meals. Now that summer is here and it’s so beautiful outside and patios are open, it’s so much easier to nix the idea of cooking and head out to enjoy a meal made by someone else! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about supporting local, especially now more than ever, but we all know that eating out all the time is not sustainable financially, and can be an unhealthy habit.

That’s why I’m here to make your life easier with my top three tips for preparing healthy AND simple meals at home, with little prep and actual cooking time.

1. Use Frozen and Canned Goods
Frozen and canned veggies, fruits and beans are usually harvested at the peak of the growing season and can be a shelf-stable alternative to fresh produce. Canned fish is also a great option for whipping up budget-friendly healthy meals! Burritos are our favorite thing to make for a quick and healthy meal. The sky is the limit when it comes to fillings. Our fave combo is shredded roasted chicken (can use store-bought rotisserie chicken), canned corn, shredded cheese and sautéed veggies (I usually sauté up a bunch of peppers and onions to have over a few days). Fill, roll and either pan-fry or pop in oven or microwave to heat through.

2. No-Cook Options
When the humidex is causing sweat in places you never knew you could sweat, the last place you want to be is hanging out around a hot oven or stovetop. There are many ready-to-eat options that are perfect for quick meals. Canned tuna is delicious on toast and takes less than five minutes to put together. Another one of my faves is mashed avocado on toast with a sliced hard-boiled egg. Enjoy with a salad and you’re good to go!

3. Keep It Chill
Did somebody say smoothie?! If you’re craving something cold and filling, smoothies can be a great way to combine fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into a snack or meal.

Happy, healthy, no-cook and stress-free eating everyone! 

Jenn Giurgevich is the founder of Spark Nutrition & Health, a virtual nutrition consulting business.
Visit www.sparknutritionandhealth.ca for more information.


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