A recipe for success

Prepped for success

A recipe for success

Maintaining a healthy diet can help to set yourself up for success. Read on for tips to help you prepare healthy meals and save time in the kitchen.

Prepare meals for the week
If you can, try devoting a couple of hours on Sunday to laying the groundwork for the week ahead: planning what meals you would like and preparing them. This could include roasting or steaming proteins and vegetables, chopping some raw vegetables to eat as snacks between meals, and storing it all in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Consider a slow cooker
It's hard to beat the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of a slow cooker. Look online for a few healthy recipes that can be cooked overnight or while you're at work. Once the finished dish has cooled completely, it can be divided into individual servings and then frozen, resulting in quick, healthy meals that are within easy reach.

Double down
When you find a recipe that can be easily doubled, take advantage of the time saving and make two batches. You'll maximise your efficiency without increasing the cooking time. Remember – make sure you have plenty of tupperware and adequate room in your freezer, and don't forget to label each portion.

Make your own snacks
If you can make your own healthy snacks ahead of time, you'll be less likely to reach for something unhealthy when you're pressed for time or dealing with hunger pangs. Keep bags of non-perishable, nutritious snacks handy at your desk, at home and even in your car.

Ask for help
Through the ByYourSide app, you can request help from your support network on cooking days – after all, many hands make light work! The app makes it easy to let others know what you need help with, whether it's going to the supermarket, preparing meals or other tasks.

Do you have hints and tips for being more efficient in the kitchen or eating healthily after diagnosis? Share your tips with us by tagging @ByYourSide and #ByYourSide.

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