Whole Foods During the Holiday Season can be a real challenge when you are just starting out on the Whole Food adventure. It becomes easier the longer you are eating whole foods as a way of life.
In addition to the actual Thanksgiving and Holiday dinners being a little different when you are on the whole foods diet, you also need to remember that just being busy can affect what you are able to eat. When you are running low on time, you don’t want to get fast food just because it is easy. Here are some ways to stay whole during a busy holiday season.
Don’t Get Too Complicated with your Whole Foods During The Holiday Season
First of all, don’t make your Thanksgiving and holiday meals too complicated. Sure, there are whole food variations of just about every food imaginable, but these often require a lot more ingredients and take more time. When you aren’t making the actual Thanksgiving dinner,unless your like me, you probably don’t want to spend all day cooking. Instead of doing that, take some basic fall ingredients and make meals your family can eat on the whole foods diet but that aren’t going to take you hours in the kitchen every day.
When nothing else will work Buy Some Pre-Packaged Ingredients
While you don’t want to use processed foods or ingredients with preservatives, there are some pre-packaged foods and ingredients that aren’t too bad to use. For example, instead of having to chop all of the veggies and fruit yourself, consider buying pre-cut versions. These are going to cost a little more, but they can save you tons of time. Buying carrots that are already peeled and chopped, bags of sliced apples, and containers of diced onions or peppers really helps a ton when you don’t have a lot of time for cooking meals from scratch. Of course, if you are buying organic then this can really drive up the costs.
Start Meal Prepping and Planning
Another thing that can help a lot during the busy holiday season is to get into meal prepping and planning. You can spend one day every week doing the grocery shopping and cooking up a storm. This will be a busy cooking day, but you can have friends help and get meals done for the majority of the next week. Prepare lunches and dinners, or even some breakfasts that are whole food friendly. Try to save some room in your freezer so that you have space for all the foods you are making ahead of time.
Use Your Leftovers Whole Foods During The Holiday Season for other meals
Don’t forget about the joy of leftovers! You can cook a whole chicken on your meal prep day, put the cooked chicken in a container, and create quite a few lunches and dinners throughout the week just with this one chicken. If you have leftovers from a Thanksgiving Turkey, remove the meat from any bones, place it in zip lock plastic bags and freeze it. You can use it during the cold winter days ahead for a great soup or turkey pot pie.Whenever you have leftovers, save them and think about what else you can make with them. This helps to save you money and time later on.
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