• Sumo

Everything these days needs to be done fast! We wake up in the morning and already we’re in a hurry to get to work, then in an even greater hurry to get done with work and come home. But then it’s time to eat and suddenly the thought of standing in the kitchen and cooking a full meal becomes an annoying chore, so you grab some fast food and veg on the sofa. Doing that once in a while isn’t a problem, but eventually you’ll want to find a way to eat healthy while also not having to cook too much, right? Thankfully, there are a few incredibly simple ways to do just that.

A common misconception is that anything that goes into a microwave is a bad thing. That’s not true at all! While it’s true that most foods that are heated via microwave tend to be on the junk food side of the spectrum, that isn’t the case all the time. The microwave itself doesn’t irradiate the food or zap the nutrients or anything, that’s just a myth, so anything that’s healthy going in will remain healthy coming out, too. This allows for reheated meals to work perfectly for checking off both “healthy” and “easy.”

If the “pre-cooked” bit is holding you up, there are still other options for great meals that require very little prep or clean-up time. Crock pots are wonderful for this as much of the time all you have to do is grab a handful of ingredients, chop them up, and toss them into the pot, then go about your day while it cooks in the background. You can leave for work and come home to a fully cooked meal just waiting for you!

But we should never forget the ultimate in combining healthy with simple: the green smoothie. Requiring as little preparation as possible, a green smoothie only needs you to assemble the ingredients, toss them into a blender, and press the button. As soon as it’s done you have an extremely healthy meal that happens to be entirely portable and doesn’t leave a wake of dishes behind it. Total time for a green smoothie? Probably 5 minutes, and that’s being generous.

If you’re not quite into the liquidation of foods thing, don’t forget the tried and true sandwich/salad combo. Neither are particularly time-consuming in preparation and both can be rather healthy if you’re careful not to add in certain ingredients (Doritos in a sandwich are delicious, but you’re trying to be healthy here, remember?). Even the most tired individual has enough energy to walk into the kitchen, grab a few simple ingredients, and slap them together. There’s no reason to stress about it!

Eating healthy is important, but so is having a stress-free meal now and then. Before you freak out and run to the nearest Chinese restaurant, take a second and just ponder these simple ideas, then sit down, eat, and relax.