Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: November 18, 2014
Did you know that the average grocery shopper spends 44.3 minutes loading up their cart? Once refrigerators are stocked, those responsible for meal prep in the household spend an average of 61.5 minutes getting food on the table. While juggling work and family responsibilities, some nights it may feel like a victory just squeezing in time to eat. By planning ahead, you can incorporate a plan for handling leftovers into your grocery list, making the most of the time you spend in the kitchen.
Start by writing out a menu for the week that takes account of leftovers. Don’t just think about dinner: how can you work extra protein into salads and sandwiches? Could leftover bread be used for French toast? Use your imagination.
Write out the week’s grocery list based on your meal plan. This will prevent the need for additional supermarket runs and allow you to spend special time with family or relaxing instead.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Once you have a game plan, make sure you handle your food properly to ensure both quality and safety:
With a little extra forethought, you can be both health- and budget-conscious about mealtime. Now, get planning!
Adapted from Lehigh Valley Health Network.
The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of your health care provider. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to your health care provider.