Tips to Prevent Impulsive Eating

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Have you ever arrived home from work later than planned and felt that you didn't have the energy needed to prepare something healthy to eat? At a time like that it is all too easy to grab a chocolate bar or a bag of chips instead of eating as healthy as you should. However with a little forethought, preparing healthy food does not have to take any longer than five or ten minutes to cook, especially if you have real food on hand.

To reduce your cooking time, keep a combination of these food items in your pantry or refrigerator: low-fat cheese, plain Greek yogurt, fresh vegetables, a bag of salad greens, pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, frozen fish filets, pre-cooked shrimp, whole grain tortillas, whole grain bread, canned beans and tomatoes. With those ingredients, your quick-fix recipe options include shrimp or chicken tacos, vegetable enchiladas, protein salads, fish wraps and dozens of healthy combinations.

Alternatively, if you want more scrumptious options, consider dedicating an afternoon to cooking various foods and then freezing them in individual dishes. That way it takes only one afternoon working in the kitchen to have healthy dinner alternatives on hand anytime of the day or night. And.. don't forget to pre-package some healthy snacks (carrot sticks and hummus) and treats (watermelon cubes) for when you're too tired to cook.

Eating healthy food on a daily basis is the key to losing weight and keeping it off. While it takes time and effort to eat right, it does not have to take as long as many people think to prepare a healthy meal. With the right ingredients on hand and/or pre-prepped, you can whip up a healthy dish for yourself in less time than it would take to order a pizza. All you have to do is think about what you need to be eating and devote a little time to prepping and storing the ingredients. 


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