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Where’s the most important place for weight loss? If you answered “the gym,” you’re wrong. It’s the kitchen! In this room is where healthy choices really begin. If you get the kitchen right, you get your life right.
If you don’t do much cooking, learn some basics. It will definitely be good for your waistline as well as your wallet. When you learn to cook or cook more often at home, you have complete control over what goes in your mouth, not to mention the size of your portions.
I realize, too, that you might be ultrabusy. I know, because I am. So before we start rattling those pots and pans, let me give you a few shortcuts:
- Stock up on frozen ready-to-go veggies. That way you don’t have to do any washing, cutting, or chopping – or worry that fresh vegetables will go bad on the fridge. Plus, you can toss shrimp or chicken into frozen stir-fry vegetables, cook, and season with some lite soy sauce. Serve them with some cooked brown rice on the side, and you’ve just made the perfect Dovlett’s Dish for dinner.
- Fix a big pot of healthy soup or chili and freeze the leftovers in single-serve containers.
- Buy precut and bagged lettuce for salads, and frozen unsweetened fruit for smoothies.
- Keep pop-top tuna or salmon cans around. They’re portable, and you don’t need a can opener.
- Purchase cooked, bagged chicken breasts in the market’s meat or deli section. These products are superconvenient and handy for preparing meals and salads.
- But prepared vegetable trays and keep them readily available for snacks.
- But precooked shrimp for a quick seafood meal.
- For healthy, fast-food breakfasts, whip up one of my smoothies. If you’ve got the right ingredients on hand, these breakfasts in a glass take just a minute to make.