How often do you eat homemade meals made from whole foods? 

If you’re anything like me, not often at all! That is, until last week when I participated in a cleanse through PUSH Fitness which was perfectly complimented by the skills and knowledge of Julie Johnson, a holistic health coach. It was a fantastic experience, and motivated me to prepare whole ingredients in bulk quantities, ahead of time. 

You can clean up your diet, too!

The suggestions below are a few of the uncountable ways that a couple of hours of prep can set you up to make healthy eating choices;

Cook large batches of proteins to add to your meals all week. 

Combine 3 pounds of raw, ground turkey or chicken meat IMG_2673with 1 (2.2/2.5-ounce) container of no salt added seasoning. Knead these ingredients together until they are combined. Cook this meat mixture with a small amount of oil. Add 4 ounces of this seasoned ground meat to salads, stir frys, and soups. This recipe creates 12 servings. Once cooked, it should be used within the week.

Chop your veggies, and shake them into everything. 

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Wash all of your vegetables before proceeding. Chop into very small pieces (smaller than your pinky fingernail) 1/2 head of cabbage, 4 kale leaves, 2 carrots, 4 radishes, and 1 broccoli floret. Store this chop in a gallon container or ziplock bag with a paper towel to absorb the moisture and keep the veggies fresh for longer. Add 1/2 to 1 cup to every savory dish you eat.

Embrace healthful snacking. 

 IMG_2695Keep unsalted, raw nuts, pre-portioned in a sandwich baggie in your bag or purse for moments when you feel peckish. Peel oranges and slice apples and keep them in a container or baggie for the same purposes. I always use my senses when purchasing fresh fruit. Here’s an article about what to look for when choosing the tastiest fruit.

Bring the spa with you by dressing up your tap water.

Fill a reusable bottle with water, then add aromatics to make it a delicious treat. Refrigerate 2 (32 ounce) bottles in the evening to enjoy the next day. 1 (3 inch) slice of cucumber and a wedge of lemon always tastes great, but anything goes. Strawberries, mint leaves, any type of citrus, ginger root… really, you can make this your own. Drink your water within 1-2 days, to ensure the freshest flavor.

Have bone broth on hand for instant gratification. 

Taking Stock Bone Broths are a great addition to healthy eating initiatives. Their versatility is made apparent by the fact that they can be enjoyed as a savory beverage or they can play a supporting role adding flavorful low-fat/high protein moisture to sautees, casseroles, and stews. The beauty of Taking Stock Bone Broths is that they can be added to almost any savory dish with great results. The best part is, you can enjoy them knowing that you’ll feel good after indulging your broth craving. What could be better than that?