It’s definitely a tough move from having a bachelor(ette) style fridge to one stocked full of veggies, snacks, and more.
Being a self-discovered workaholic, I’ve found that the easiest meals are the ones either being served to me with an exchange of hard-earned cash or meals that could be cooked/microwaved/baked in under 15 minutes. Forget the need to be healthy, give me something fast and something I can eat while working on my laptop.
Well it’s about damn time I made a change. Forget that I work too much, the past year has led me to make the decision that I want to be healthier (and have a smaller waist size). I took up running and thanks to the sport I do feel a bit better (and can totally rock a size 10 jean). I’ve given up red meat, changed out soda for water and do attempt to count calories, but it’s not enough. I’ve gone through many attempts to eat better which has helped but making it a habit when you’re coming home at 7-8pm every night can be daunting. Especially during times I find myself in a crunch at work… who wants to go home to prepare a meal? I just want to sleep.
So I turned to the two girls who definitely have a good head on their shoulders when it comes to food and green living. I think the spark that led to this all was when Katie opened my fridge and about died. With the girls, I’ll learn great ways to prepare meals (and still keep them easy… sometimes), live a bit “greener,” and eat healthier.
So far, I’ve already taken a lesson from Katie regarding cheaper solutions to chicken.
Instead of buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I now purchase split breasts. It’s more meat at a cheaper price. I can bake the whole chicken, let it cool, shred it, and use it for the entire week. Today I’m enjoying a Chicken Apple Raisin wrap that I simply LOVE and it was super easy to make in the morning! Plus I saved $15 on chicken and way more than you’ll ever know for lunches out.
Also, I decided the bachelor way of the refrigerator needs to go. This is one habit that’s going to be hard to get used to.
I sat down, wrote out my meals for the week and derived a good list of groceries needed for those meals. Once I returned home with the groceries and loaded my fridge, it was like looking at Katie’s fridge… but at my place. It was a really weird experience as I haven’t seen my fridge this full since I was in a relationship. Even then I think it wasn’t as full as it is now. I’m definitely excited about this new change and working to have more food in the house and spending less going out.
And bonus! I spent some time last night pre-cutting some veggies and fruits and bagging them for easy access over the week.
Does that count as extra credit?