12 Healthy and Easy Food Preparation Tips

Here are twelve tips to help make food preparation easier on the body and less time-consuming. The best part? Sometimes a shortcut is actually healthier than doing things the long way!

Two shelves at a grocery store, filled with bottled salad dressing like Ranch and Italian
Bottled salad dressings are fast | Photo by Elizabeth Layman
  1. Use bottled salad dressings to put on vegetables. If you’re interested in homemade dressing recipes for the days when you have a little extra energy, visit our “Dips and Dressings” tab.
  2. Cook vegetables with the least amount of water to preserve both nutrients and flavor. Steaming in the microwave is an easy way to keep the nutrients in.
  3. Get rest in between times of food preparation.
  4. Adapt utensils by placing cylindrical foam on the handles. This makes gripping easier on the finger joints.
  5. Use a rolling pin to break up crackers for breading or for tenderizing meat.
  6. Use a pizza cutter to cut bread or entire sandwiches.
  7. Use an ice cream scoop to easily scoop cupcake or muffin batter into tins.
  8. Use an egg slicer in order to cut strawberries, mushrooms, and soft cheeses perfectly.
  9. Use a food processor or blender to chop fresh fruits and veggies. You can do the same thing to chop dried fruit, as long as you freeze the dried fruit first.
  10. To keep a bowl steady while you mix ingredients, place it on a dampened cloth.
  11. Have a balance between eating fresh foods and prepackaged foods.
  12. Use frozen fruits and vegetables or frozen dinners instead of fast food. Try to eat frozen meals in moderation, though, as we recommend in our post about Prepackaged, Canned, and Frozen Food.
Two shelves full of frozen berries packages behind glass doors at a grocery store
Frozen berries aren’t a bad alternative to fresh ones | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

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