Whether you are an avid cook or someone who just wants simple and easy, when it comes to meals, eating at home is always the best option, both financially and for your health. The problem is that it is nearly impossible to find time on a daily basis. Here are a few things you can do to tie healthy eating to financial stability, easing your regular burden.

–        Use the weekend to prepare enough for several days over the week. If you know that you will be working late or that one day will be spent running errands, make sure you have what you need at home so that all you have to do is warm it up.

–        Think differently about dinner. Breakfast is one of the most enjoyable meals of the day and by far faster than most dinners, but you don’t have to eat it just in the morning. Take 15 minutes to do up eggs, bacon, and biscuits, or do up some banana nut pancakes. Add a couple of sides of fruit and you have something much healthier than another dinner out. Do this once a week to keep it exciting, a real treat at the end of a rough day.

–        Cook up large portions and put them in the freezer for back up. This is so much healthier and cheaper than buying those pre-made meals. They are also a lot more filling, making it difficult to turn down a nice homemade meal that doesn’t take forever to prepare. When you run out of your extra cooking from the weekend, you still have a healthy alternative, even if it takes a little longer to warm up.

–        Sandwiches and cereal are a perfect alternative to actually cooking, especially when you are hungry and don’t feel like standing over a stove. You can also do wraps and salads. Of course, you won’t want them every night, but they are great for once or twice a week.

Keep in mind it will take some time to get used to these. Don’t expect that you will be able to give up your regular eating routine cold turkey. Take it in stride, and watch how two areas of your life improve as you get accustomed to eating healthier and cheaper.

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