We live in a world where we want the work done for us. We call them shortcuts. Unfortunately, with healthy eating, shortcuts are not so healthy. You need to do the work to get the benefit. Quick packaged meals and snacks are not the best option. Your body needs real food as often as possible. Not factory manufactured foods that tell you they are good for you. I am a firm believer that it the package has to tell you it’s healthy…it is a lie. Have yet to see an apple telling me it’s good for me or asparagus tips toting their many health benefits.

If you want to be healthy. Really healthy, feel good, happy body and mind healthy, then you need to feed it healthy foods. They are natural, not manufactured and you have to prepare them either by slicing, dicing, and many times cooking them. They are not in a package that you slide in the microwave and can eat in 45 seconds. There are plenty of great healthy meals that take hours to prepare, but there are many more that can be ready with a few minutes of your time. You need to create your list of quick meals and have ingredients around for weekly meals. You also need to plan out meals and have a day for meal prep. Busy schedules are why meal prep is vital to healthy eating, you need to come up with meals and prepare them in advance for quick access on busier days and for lunches.

There are no shortcuts. Don’t look for shortcuts. You have to do the work if you want to eat healthy and be healthy.

Stay tuned this week for some healthy prep-ahead meal ideas to keep your busy schedules from sidelining your healthy eating goals.