Tip: Stop Being So Creative in the Kitchen
This is a post from my continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
My tip for today is to find some meals that are low in calories and don’t stray from them very often. It’s important, especially when you’re starting a life changing journey to lose weight, to keep things quick and easy.
You don’t keep things quick and easy by spending two hours a day cooking.
I know I just made a lot of foodies and health nuts out there furious. Before you pull up your e-mail to start crafting me a three page long essay for me to read, know that I don’t mind cooking. I wouldn’t say I have a love for cooking, but I also don’t mind spending 30 minutes to prepare a meal.
That’s the problem though: most people do.
Frankly, it’s not realistic to expect to have 20-30 minutes to prepare every meal. Sure, you’ll have some weekends where you can get creative in the kitchen and prepare a robust, unique, healthy meal, but more often than not you’re like me and you’ll find yourself at 7:20 in the morning forced to make lunch for the day before you have to head out the door in 10 minutes.
That’s why most of the time you need to count on quick, easy meals. Not only can they be made in a few short minutes, but even maybe more importantly you know the amount of calories and nutritional information by heart. I can tell you the amount of calories in probably 75% of the meals I have every week without looking at a single label, simply because I have them so much.
Some of my more common weekly meals include:
- 3 scrambled eggs, buttered toast with jelly, 2 slices of bacon – 475 calories
- English Muffin from McDonald’s – 300 calories
- Raisin Bran cereal w/ large banana – 520 calories
- Leftovers – varies from 450-600 calories
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or two) – 340 calories or 680 calories
- Turkey sandwich w/ light mayo, mustard, and swiss cheese – 380 calories
- Chicken fajita bowl from Chipotle – about 600 calories
- Pulled pork w/a little honey bbq sauce and potato/veggies – 525 calories
- Baked chicken with rice/veggies – 550 calories
As I said above, I try to make new meals pretty frequently. The same 15 or so meals get boring, and when I feel like I’m bored with my regular set of meals I’ll try to make something new in the kitchen. Sometimes, the meals are a failure and I’ll never cook them again. Oftentimes, though, they’re a success and I’ll add them to the set of meals that I have on a regular basis.
What are some of the meals you have on a regular basis?