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Holiday Hacks: 3 Time-Saving Kitchen Tips

The holidays are always a blur: holiday parties, school concerts, family gatherings, shopping, and vacations make us consider giving up on our health goals completely!

Instead, give yourself the gift of taking some shortcuts and holiday hacks to take some of the pressure off so you can relax and be merry [because nobody wants a scrooge in the kitchen].

Go Semi-Homemade

Clearly, we are very pro-cooking around here, but sometimes taking shortcuts can turn a potential take-out night into a total kitchen win. For example:

Cook Once, Eat Twice

Batch cooking (not quite the same as “bulk prepping”) is an efficient way to keep up with your healthy eating goals no matter what time of year. It essentially means cooking more than what you need at that moment so you can take advantage of having all of your cooking tools and gadgets out (read: it’s much more time efficient in the long run!). Not to be confused with leftovers or bulk prep – where you eat the exact same thing each day – batch cooking usually refers to one component that you can repurpose in a new way later. For instance:

Sheet Pan and One Pot Meals

Raise your hand if your least favorite part of cooking is the clean up! We feel you! Make it easier on yourself by searching for one-dish meals to seriously cut down on time spent doing the dishes. Here are a few to get you started:

Whatever you do to save time, remember that your nutrition mentality should not be “all or none.” Enjoy some treats, but balance it with healthy, fresh foods. Drink some water, take a few deep breaths, go for a crisp walk, and enjoy that holiday cookie party!

Be Well, Be Empowered


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