How to food shop when you're super busy
POP QUIZ: What's worse?
a) ordering takeout every single night of the week
b) buying a ton of groceries, never cooking them, and throwing them away the following week
c) being guilty of both A and B
I should be honest with you, this is a trick question. There's no right answer, except to say that I've been A, B, and C before, and it's not pretty. You know what I'm talking about. It may look something like this...
You go food shopping over the weekend, then work gets in the way, and you never get around to making that salmon you wanted to cook... You're too busy to even think about cooking, so you grab meals on the fly whenever you can... You aimlessly roam through the grocery store adding everything you like to the cart without any real plan, only to get home and realize you don't know how or when you're going to eat through all the food... Sound familiar?
I'm all for eating out, but cooking for ourselves is essential to being healthy. This holds true everyday of the week, and especially when our lives are extra full. So full that our plans are back-to-back, we barely have time to exercise or eat, and we’re always on the go. When times get busy like this, something gets put on the back-burner, and more often than not, that something is our food. This is exactly why cooking is most important when we're busy. The more we have on our plates (no pun intended), the more we need to fully show up for our jobs, our families, our friends, and the things that matter most to us. The healthier we are, the easier and more enjoyable it is to show up and thrive.
In case you’re new to this whole healthy cooking concept, here’s why it’s sooo beneficial to cook at home:
- You’ll know what goes into your food. No sneaky ingredients, only the good stuff.
- You’ll end up saving a lot of money in the long term. Don’t believe me? I did the math for you.
- You’ll feel more satisfied. When we cook with our own two hands, we feel more fully nourished and satiated, meaning you’re way less likely to reach for snacks.
- You’ll feel alive! Why are we even on this earth if it’s not to feel fully present and thriving? You deserve this feeling, and the way to get there is by cooking.
But how exactly should you shop at the store if you don't have a ton of time to cook and prepare your food? Don’t you worry, healthy foodie. I got your back.
Here's my go-to grocery list for my busiest weeks ever >>>
This list gives me so many options, and lasts a solid 5-6 days. Not only will I be able to make regular dinners, but there are also easy-to-throw-together salad combinations, avocado/salmon toasts, porridge, eggs, and smoothies. With this list, I'll pick one night to roast the broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes so they’re ready to go, and while those are in the oven I’ll make the chicken breast on the stove. Later throughout the week, everything else can be mixed and matched, or thrown together on the fly. The best part of it all? Nothing is too complicated. Because when life hands you a crazy week, you could use some simplification, amiright?
I don’t know about you, but my busy schedule this week has NOTHING on my healthy meals. And now you can say the same!
What are some of your favorite go-to food staples for a busy week? Share with me so we can give each other ideas. I can’t wait to hear from you!